I want to see if y’all are interested in a small, ARM based split keyboard: the Ganymede.
I’m thinking about running a GB for the choc version of the Ganymede with a stainless steel case.
But first, let me summarise the Ganymede keyboard.
Ganymede is a small keyboard - 44 hot-swappable keys in total; it uses a STM32F303CCT6 ARM MCU (just like the Proton-C) on the left side and an PCA9675 i/o expander on the right side. It supports tenting using 3 legs like the ErgoDox EZ. The keyboard has a dedicated EEPROM (M24M01) and support for per key RGB and RGB backlight using two dedicated IS31FL3733 ICs. Eventually it will support VIA-like dynamic keymaps without re-flashing and maybe even all those funky RGB effects. Also the Ganymede is a really low profile keyboard. With switches installed it is only 13mm in total height.
I created the Ganymede because I wanted a split keyboard made for small hands. For everybody who can not easily reach the 2nd row of thumb keys, or the inner keys on an ErgoDox EZ.
Here are some images of the current revision of a working* Ganymede:
The hardware works fine, but the software needs polish.
Now, is that something you’d want to enter a GB on? A split keyboard with a CNC milled stainless steel case? I’ve been playing around with 3 variations of the case to achieve a slightly more polished look & feel:
- no OLED on left hand, supporting only layer indication LEDs instead
- removing RGB backlight, to avoid cutout on the bottom
- no OLED and no backlight (nearly completely sealed off case)
In all cases the PCB will be identical and support everything, but the case cutouts will be different.
Now the nicest upside of a steel case is its weight. As per Fusion 360 each side would weight roughly 320g. That would make the PCB-less case clock in at ~650g; with switches, keycaps and PCB it would probably be close to 1kg in total.
As the components are rather small the PCB would come fully assembled, with only elements not supported by the case left unpopulated. E.g. if the final case design has no cutout for backlight those footprints would be left empty.
So is that something y’all’d want to own? If yes, which case version (OLED, backlight, nothing?) I’ve not finished the CNC-friendly version of the case so I don’t have an accurate price for the entire package yet.