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Thank You! - Successful KickStarter Campaign

It's been awesome connecting with all of you, hearing your feedback, receiving your support both in pledges and in your comments and messages.  We would like to extend a big "Thank You!" to all who have participated.  This campaign has been a huge success not only in funding, but also helping us to start a community around KeyMouse.

Now it's time for us to make this real.  We look forward to getting KeyMouse into your hands, literally.  More updates coming soon on our progress.

-The KeyMouse Team

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Updated KeyMouse Design - 3D Model Preview

We're working on an updated design to address many of the requests users have had.  We're still refining the shape and positioning over the next few days.  I'm showing you what we have so far as a 3D solid model so you can see the direction we're moving with KeyMouse (pictures below).  This model matches the "New Key Layout" posted in update #5.  Once we refine this updated design, we'll create functioning prototypes (followed by production if all looks and feels good):

  • Bigger keys for easier typing (including Function keys and thumb buttons).  This is the #1 request we've received so far.
  • Cherry MX mechanical switches (with Backlighting)
  • Columnar key layout - keycaps are more uniform in shape and size and can be re-arranged more easily.  Allows us to address additional key layouts such as DVORAK and international layouts better.  Also allows better alignment for number pad area (used with "Num Shift", NumLock)
  • Key caps are custom - slightly smaller size than standard Cherry caps so the device doesn't get too big (but still bigger than the keys on our first prototype).  Printed key sets for common layouts, and blank keys will be available on our site when they are ready.
  • Angle of main key area slopes slightly more for more comfortable typing angle
  • Bigger mouse buttons
  • Bigger mouse wheel
  • CTRL, WIN, ALT are moved down into the main key area for more familiarity
  • Wrist rest is raised a little more for more relaxed reach of keys.  We're still working on the interchangeable palm/wrist rest portion for different sized hands, and are also looking at a possible option to have the wrist rest completely removed for those who want their wrist on the mouse pad.  There will be mount points on the devices, and we plan to open source the 3D models of the palm/wrist rest so users can create their own if they choose.
  • Secondary Mouse Click button at tip of thumb for those who want to click with thumb instead of using trigger action of index finger to click (also reprogrammable).
  • Devices will have embedded USB hub so you can plug right side into computer, and then left side into right side (or vice versa) for when you use USB.  No cables needed if you want to use Bluetooth.
  • Additional key next to space bar
  • Palm rest conforms better to hand shape
  • Laser sensor has been moved directly under the index finger for more intuitive mouse movement
  • Overall devices are slightly bigger, but we are very conscious of weight and size working to make it as light as possible, and as compact as possible and still be fluent for typing.

-The KeyMouse Team

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3D Model Rotation

Here is a brief example of using KeyMouse for 3D Model rotation.  We're using the left KeyMouse to rotate the model, and the right KeyMouse is free to move the mouse cursor at the same time.  We will be creating more features like this in the software for pinch/zoom/panning, etc.

 

This is very preliminary so more features will be coming (smoother rotation, etc.)

 

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We Made It!

Thank you so much for your support of the KeyMouse project, and believing in us and our idea. We just met our funding goal today!  Time to celebrate :)

With your help, we are now prepared to take this to the next phases.  We look forward to making KeyMouse a reality.  Thanks again for helping us to make it happen.

-The KeyMouse Team

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Updated Key Layout with Cherry MX Switches

We are working on the new prototypes with the switches changed to Cherry MX.

This is the key layout we are planning to use:

Note: Fn Yellow is
Note: Fn Yellow is "Number Shift" and Fn Blue is "Arrow Shift"

This layout allows us to make the keys bigger, which is important to be able to type comfortably. The keycaps are more uniform in shape and size, which will make it easier for us to offer alternative key layouts.  

We'll post an updated design for the new prototypes as soon as we have it.

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Updated Features

Due to your helpful feedback, we're making KeyMouse even better!  We met with the design & engineering teams yesterday and today to verify we are able to put these features in and stay on schedule.  Here's the list of changes we're making to KeyMouse:

  • Adding USB for lower latency and charging the battery (now you have both USB and Bluetooth interfaces).  Previously this was under consideration, but now it's certain we will have it.
  • Battery is now Rechargeable Li-Ion (no more AA batteries...battery life will not be the same as AA, but just plug in to charge by USB or use USB with no need for batteries). 
  • We're adding backlit keys - primarily to be used when USB is plugged in.
  • Adding Diodes on every key (N-key rollover & Anti-ghosting)
  • We're switching to mechanical Cherry MX brown key switches.  Advantages include: bigger keys - the #1 requested feature from users that have tried the device. Easier to type on.  More open support for DVORAK and alternate layouts such as international (you can replace the key caps with standard Cherry MX key caps now, or rearrange them).  Longer key life.  Typing on number pad (using "Num Shift" or "Num Lock" will be much better.  To keep the device compact, typing some characters will need to be done with a Function or Shift key, since we didn't want to make the device huge to accommodate bigger keys.  
  • We are working on a compound curved key surface - which means it curves both horizontally and vertically to be even more ergonomic. It's a challenge to achieve this, but we feel it will be worth it.
  • Bigger F1 - F12 keys.
  • Bigger thumb buttons / re-arranged thumb buttons - we're working on a configuration in the thumb area that makes it easier to access the thumb buttons and bigger so they are easier to push.
  • Linux driver/software is on roadmap (instead of in consideration). Now we will support Windows, Mac, and Linux, although it will be created after Windows and Mac drivers/software.  We are under consideration to open source the Linux driver.
  • We are angling the device slightly more for better ergonomics and comfort in how your hand rests on the device.
  • Adding texture to palm/wrist rest that will help avoid sweating
  • Bigger mouse buttons
  • Bigger mouse wheel

We are still on schedule and working hard to provide an updated design by the end of January and finish our new prototypes by the end of February.

We'll keep you posted on our progress.

-Heber

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CES Show Complete - Prioritizing Feedback and Design / Feature Tweaks

Thank you everyone for your valuable feedback both here on KickStarter as well as at the CES show.  We had a great response from users at CES with lots of excitement about KeyMouse as well as lots of feedback for improvements.

This is our full time focus and there are several teams working on this project with us.  We are in meetings with both the design & engineering teams to discuss the feature requests and the timeline. Our priority is to get a quality product to market on time, so some of your new feature requests will need to wait for a future version of KeyMouse.  We will post a new update soon with more details on design tweaks and additional features we will be implementing.

Thank You,
Heber

 

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Vote on Your Favorite Features

Hello Everyone,
We had a great day at CES today!  We received lots of positive comments from people that stopped by our booth, as well as feedback on ways we can improve KeyMouse.  We welcome any feedback that can help us make it better.

We've created a page that will allow you to vote on your favorite feature requests, as well as adding your own feature requests.  This voting will help us to prioritize the feedback we are receiving based on your votes.

Vote here: http://keymouse.uservoice.com/

Thank you,
Heber

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Preparing to Exhibit at CES 2015 Trade Show

Thank you everyone for your support!  We're currently preparing for the CES 2015 trade show in Las Vegas (http://www.cesweb.org/).  We're excited to exhibit our prototypes, as well as collecting your feedback.  The prototypes we are showing are our first version prototypes, and we will be improving the design based on your input.  The show is January 6-9.  If any of you need free tickets to CES, just let us know, and we will send you an invitation.

-Heber

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