Hi there, and welcome to the monthly UHK status update!
TL;DR: The key cluster module is now fully functional, and the trackball module is partially functional. Some awesome UHK reviews have been released.
Key cluster and trackball module progress
In our previous update, we shared a video about the latest key cluster module prototype. It worked reasonably well, but the responsiveness of its mini trackball left a lot to be desired. I’m happy to report that we’ve fixed this issue as you can see in the following video.
(UHKs are not backlit yet. We'll release a backlight upgrade kit at some point, and future UHK hardware versions will be backlit.)
As it turned out, the mini trackball only works well with bipolar hall-effect sensors, and now that we’re using the right kind of sensor, it picks up every tiny movement just as expected. I’m very pleased with the usability and responsivity of the mini trackball, and it feels like a great tool for scrolling in all directions.
As for the trackball module, I assembled the new PCB and gave it a try. As seen in the above video, the buttons work as expected. I haven’t yet implemented the most important part, which is the communication with the optical sensor IC – this will be my next task.
I’d like to make every module prototype work by the end of the year. The key cluster module already works well. The electronics of the trackball and trackpoint modules seem fine so far, and I have yet to write firmware for them, so they should be in close reach. The touchpad PCB is expected to be redesigned soon according to Azoteq’s instructions, so it may take a bit more time.
Following the prototyping phase of the modules, mass production will take additional time. We don’t have a solid ETA on the modules yet, and we’ll be keeping you updated.
Minimalistik is a powerhouse when it comes to keyboard reviews, and he’s just made a UHK review. I believe he’s captured the essence of the UHK very well.
The Techne has also reviewed the UHK in his contagiously enthusiastic style which I particularly enjoy.
As an internationally known strength coach/personal trainer, Bernd Stößlein is not our typical customer, which is exactly what makes his UHK review so interesting.
You guys keep sending your awesome tweets, and we’re always eager to read and feature them! If you got your UHK, please share your love!
Some of you asked for feedback about the @UltHackKeyboard, after a couple of weeks. It is awesome! Get one, don't wait two years to pull the trigger as I did.— Fernando Cladera (@fclad) October 14, 2019
Got my second @UltHackKeyboard so that I no longer have to lug it to work and back if I want to do computery things at home (I can no longer stand typing on anything else 🙂).— Bernhard Häussermann (@bernhardush) October 12, 2019
I just *love* the look of the white casing surrounding the black of the keys ☺️ pic.twitter.com/h6N99PIlpt
I hate split keyboards but this one my co-worker has is so slick looking. pic.twitter.com/CPqMFwlIBA— SEAN LARKIN 廖肖恩 (@TheLarkInn) October 17, 2019
We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK, and are looking forward to talking to you on 2019-12-10.