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2022 Jun 30

UHK 60 v2 production progress

By |2022-06-30T23:35:59+02:002022-06-30 16:02 CEST|manufacturing, news|2 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this short monthly UHK status update!

We’ve been catching up quicker than ever with pending orders in June and effectively closing the gap. There’s not much else to say regarding production as everything went very smoothly.

New orders are expected to ship in October, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

We’re delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders. If you got your UHK, tweet about it, or it didn’t happen!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of July.

2022 May 31

UHK 60 v2 production progress

By |2022-05-31T22:22:51+02:002022-05-31 22:22 CEST|manufacturing, news|12 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

In May, we shipped about as many UHKs as we sold; thus, we couldn't catch up with pending orders effectively. Our PCB contract manufacturer has moved to a new facility, which put UHK 60 v2 assembly on a halt due to a temporary shortage of PCBs. Our contractor has successfully migrated, and UHK 60 v2 production will resume this week.

On the flip side, we've been preassembling modules, palm rests, and various subassemblies over the past two weeks, so we expect to ship many, possibly a record number of orders, in June.

New orders are expected to ship in September, and we'll update the delivery status page every weekend.

If there's an ultimate modder, Roger has earned the title as he transformed his UHK 60 v1 like no one else. He added foam and replaced the key switches to minimize their noise. Then he replaced the USB Mini-B connector with an easily accessible USB-C connector and added a magnetic connector for increased convenience. In true keyboard modder's fashion, Roger also replaced his keycaps. Now comes the crazy part: he added Bluetooth to his UHK without any visible bulk, like it's a factory feature. Mad props to Roger, and check out his post if you're interested in modding.

We're delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders. If you got your UHK, tweet about it, or it didn't happen!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of June.

2022 May 01

UHK 60 v2 production progress

By |2022-05-01T22:12:34+02:002022-05-01 22:12 CEST|manufacturing, news|13 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

We keep catching up with pending orders, although slower than anticipated because the current global affairs slowed down parts shipping from our suppliers like never before. Thankfully, we've got the parts we were waiting for; we're stocking up and focusing on delivering pending orders as quickly as possible.

New orders are expected to ship in July, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

We’re delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders. If you got your UHK, tweet about it, or it didn’t happen!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of May.

2022 Mar 31

UHK 60 v2 production progress and review

By |2022-03-31T20:00:15+02:002022-03-31 20:00 CEST|manufacturing, news|26 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

We keep catching up with pending orders, even though parts have been flowing in slower than anticipated due to Covid in China. As a result, we’ve been preassembling UHK subassemblies and modules in the last couple of days, but UHK 60 v2 shipments will resume the next week.

New orders are expected to ship in June, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

No UHK 60 v2 reviews have been done yet because customers come first, and we’ll only send units to reviewers after shipping every pre-order. But we’ve made an exception with Simon Høiberg because his enthusiasm is contagious, and we didn’t want to stop his momentum.

Apart from his great energy, Simon’s review is very informative and insightful, and it also showcases the modules and his configuration, so we highly recommend watching it.

We’re delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders. If you got your UHK, tweet about it, or it didn’t happen!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of April.

2022 Mar 16

Colored cases have arrived

By |2022-03-18T19:49:01+01:002022-03-16 16:12 CEST|manufacturing, news|14 Comments

Hi there!

We have finally received the much expected dark red, mustard, navy blue, and white cases to our facility, and we’re ready to ship the orders containing extra cases and UHKs with such cases.

Please fill out this form to switch (back) to your desired case color.

Thanks for reading this special update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of March.

2022 Feb 28

UHK 60 v2 production progress

By |2022-02-28T19:30:53+01:002022-02-28 19:30 CEST|manufacturing, news|31 Comments

We keep catching up with pending orders, we’ve received a record number of excited tweets from new UHK owners, and we’ve just added a new member to our assembly team to accelerate production.

New orders are expected to ship in May, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

We still only have black cases. If you have a pending order containing a UHK 60 v2 with a non-black case or an extra non-black case, we won’t send your pending orders to production until we have non-black cases in stock unless you ask us to switch the case colors of your order to black by filling out this form.

Manufacturing non-black cases is taking longer than anticipated. Still, we expect to have them in a week or two, at which point, we’ll publish an exclusive newsletter with a form via which you’ll be able to switch (back) to your desired case color.

We’re delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders. If you got your UHK, tweet about it, or it didn’t happen!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of March.

2022 Jan 31

UHK 60 v2 production progress

By |2022-02-01T13:13:26+01:002022-01-31 19:58 CEST|manufacturing, news|26 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

We keep catching up with pending orders as quickly as possible, and we plan to take it up a notch by adding a new busy elf to our assembly team of athletic Hungarian elves.

We’re working on some major Agent and firmware features that will allow configuring the speed and behavior of modules and so much more. There’s no ETA yet, and we’ll share more details when the time comes.

New orders are expected to ship in May, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

We still only have black cases. If you have a pending order containing a UHK 60 v2 with a non-black case or an extra non-black case, we won’t send your pending orders to production until we have non-black cases in stock unless you ask us to switch the case colors of your order to black by filling out this form.

As soon as we get non-black cases, we’ll publish an exclusive newsletter with a form with which you’ll be able to switch (back) to your desired case color.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, the companionship of ultimate hackers never ceases to amaze us:

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of February.

2021 Dec 31

UHK 60 v2 production keeps accelerating

By |2021-12-31T21:42:42+01:002021-12-31 21:42 CEST|manufacturing, news|16 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

We're happy to say that despite the holidays, the UHK 60 v2 production volume of December was even higher than November, which already hit a record. We keep catching up with pending orders as quickly as we can, and we’ve been assembling UHKs between the holidays.

New orders are expected to ship in April, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

We expect production to peak in January, given the lack of holidays and some manufacturing optimizations we’ve implemented. 

We still only have black cases. If you have a pending order containing a UHK 60 v2 with a non-black case or an extra non-black case, we won’t send your pending orders to production until we have non-black cases in stock unless you ask us to switch the case colors of your order to black by filling out this form.

We expect to get colored cases in January. As soon as we get them, we’ll publish an exclusive newsletter with a form with which you’ll be able to switch (back) to your desired case color.

We’re delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of January.

2021 Nov 30

Ramping up UHK 60 v2 production

By |2021-11-30T22:27:06+01:002021-11-30 21:23 CEST|manufacturing, news|22 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

TL;DR: UHK 60 v2 production volume was in the hundreds in November, allowing us to combat the backlog of pending orders effectively. We’re catching up, and production progress will keep accelerating. New orders are expected to ship in April, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

We’re happy to say that production is slowly but surely getting smoother, and this month, we were finally able to produce not a meager 50 or 60 but hundreds of UHKs. We’re well on our way to catching up.

We’ll keep accelerating manufacturing progress. Due to holidays, the progress of December is expected to be similar to November, and we expect to achieve peak progress in January.

We still only have black cases. If you have a pending order containing a UHK 60 v2 with a non-black case or an extra non-black case, we won’t send your pending orders to production until we have non-black cases in stock unless you ask us to switch the case colors of your order to black by filling out this form.

We expect to get non-black cases in January or possibly in late December. As soon as we get them, we’ll publish an exclusive newsletter with a form with which you’ll be able to switch (back) to your desired case color.

We’re delighted to hear from UHK 60 v2 customers as they receive their orders!

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of December.

2021 Oct 31

Production progress, spare parts bonanza, new Agent release

By |2021-12-30T23:27:17+01:002021-10-31 15:44 CEST|news|37 Comments

Hi there, and welcome to this monthly UHK status update!

TL;DR: We’ve delivered about sixty UHK 60 v2 orders in October. We plan to ship hundreds of orders per month starting from November. The v2 palm rests, and extra feet are finally ready to ship. We’ve added several spare parts to our webshop. A new Agent version has been released, supporting arbitrary scancodes and restoring preloaded keymaps.

Production progress

In October, we received the much-anticipated mechanical support parts we told you about in our previous update. We’ve tested the parts, they work just as expected, and socket separation shouldn’t be an issue going forward.

Unfortunately, we had to wait for the parts for quite some time, which halted production, resulting in only sixty assembled UHK 60 v2 units in October instead of the originally planned hundred units. We shipped many of these units at the end of October, so these days were quite a rush.

Luckily, we have also received the missing v2 palm rest parts and extra feet, so customers who ordered such items will be queued on a first-come, first-served basis.

We still only have black cases, so orders containing UHK 60 v2 items with non-black cases or extra non-black case items won’t be sent to production until we have non-black cases in stock unless you ask us to switch the case colors of your order to black by filling out this form.

We plan to manufacture hundreds of UHK 60 v2 units starting from November, enabling us to combat the backlog of pending orders effectively. We’re eager to receive many tweets like Peter’s.

New orders are expected to ship in March, and we’ll update the delivery status page every weekend.

Spare parts bonanza

A long time ago, during our crowdfunding campaign, I wrote an article on repair and how we planned to enable our customers to fix their UHKs if needed. Fast-forward six years, we’ve written many repair guides, we provide repair assistance and in-warranty repair service for free, and out-of-warranty repair service for very reasonable prices.

Many people may not know, but we also provide spare parts. Until this point, a very limited selection of spare parts has been available in our webshop, and the rest of the spare parts was only available via our customer support. To further our dedication to the noble cause of repair, we’ve added several additional spare parts to our webshop, so should you need any spare parts, you can pick them up and check out in no time.

Your UHK is an investment that should serve you for years to come. Don’t throw it away if it has been broken. Feel free to reach out to us, and we’ll help you make it shine in its former glory. As for the selection of the spare parts of our webshop, it’s only expected to grow.

New Agent features

There are two major features of the new Agent 1.5.16 release that are worth mentioning.

The first feature is arbitrary scancodes. The scancode dropdown of Agent provides quite a few scancodes that should satisfy most needs, but some want more scancodes, for example, to bind special shortcuts that surely don’t interfere with other shortcuts. This group of users may find the arbitrary scancodes feature very handy. To explain this feature, we have to get a bit technical.

There are three scancode types according to the USB interfaces that the UHK exposes:

  • The basic keyboard interface implements the Keyboard/Keypad Page, which contains alphanumeric, navigation, and regular scancodes. See chapter 10, page 53 of HID Usage Tables. Scancode type abbreviation is B for basic.
  • The media keyboard interface implements the Consumer Page, which contains volume adjusting and other media scancodes. See chapter 15, page 75 of HID Usage Tables. Scancode type abbreviation is M for media.
  • The system keyboard interface implements the Generic Desktop Page, which contains sleep and power down scancodes. See chapter 4, page 26 of HID Usage Tables. Scancode type abbreviation is S for system.

As for the valid numeric intervals of the scancodes, it's 1-255 for basic and system scancodes and 1-65535 for media scancodes.

You can write a string composed of the scancode type and scancode number into the scancode field to specify the desired scancode. Examples are B40, M160, and S10.

Agent substitutes the specified scancode with its well-known name if the scancode dropdown contains it. For example, the B40 scancode gets substituted with Enter. Otherwise, Agent will display the scancode as it is.

The range of available scancodes is huge, hosts recognize only some, and different operating systems and applications recognize different sets of scancodes.

The second new Agent feature allows you to add pre-loaded keymaps.

The UHK is preloaded with six keymaps: QWERTY for PC and Mac, Dvorak for PC and Mac, and Colemak for PC and Mac. You probably don’t use all of these keymaps, so you can delete the unused ones in Agent to minimize clutter. Up until this point, you couldn’t restore the deleted preloaded keymaps, but now, you can by using the plus icon next to the Keymaps menu item of the side menu.

Thanks for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK and plan to publish the next update at the end of November.

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