I have recently made my first own 40% keyboard, and I fell in love with low-profile switches and ortholinear layout. I did try a 5plit keyboard before, but somehow that one never clicked for me - being in two parts somehow spoiled the effect. So now the logical next step would be to design an ortholinear keyboard with tilted keys, basically Atreus, but also using low-profile switches – so Flatreus.
I also have this failed keyboard project (failed from the point of view of usability of the final result, I still learned a ton from it, so it’s not a waste of time) with the sunken low-profile Kailh switches, and the double-shot keys for them. But it would be a bit of a waste to not use all the other keys.
So I’ve been looking at the Alice layout, and I thought that it really seems to work great, so why not try and do the same trick, but more Atreus-like? So I came up with this:
It’s nice, because it fits all the keycaps that came with those low-profile switches. You can also fiddle a little bit more with it to get a tighter packing of the keys:
I really can’t stop thinking about this, but I’m a bit afraid that the gaps on the edges of the slated part will get annoying.
Does anybody have any experience with similar layouts, and maybe some advice on improving it?