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Model 01 Kickstarter Day 4: A tale of two meetups

Hello from Woodbridge, Virginia!

We're overnighting at Kaia's parents' place before heading onward to Durham, NC tomorrow morning.

Clicky?

One of the questions we've been getting most often is whether we'll offer the Model 01 in a "loud enough to annoy my officemate" variant. Matias, who make our keyswitches, offer a "clicky" variant, as well as a "linear" variant (which is favored by gamers). We're working to figure out what it will take to be able to offer you a choice of Quiet, Clicky or Linear switches. Our meetup on Monday is at Matias' offices outside Toronto. We'll report back.

The Hacktory in Philadelphia, PA

This afternoon, we stopped at The Hacktory, a neat hackerspace in Philadelphia. A few dozen people tried out the Model 01 and Jesse recounted the story of how we got sucked into this crazy adventure.

Clockwise from lower left: testing model 01 in flat & separated modes, laser-engraved profiles made by class members at The Hacktory, big table full of keyboards (Kinesis for scale), Georgia giving a tour of The Hacktory along with Baby K and his parents
Clockwise from lower left: testing model 01 in flat & separated modes, laser-engraved profiles made by class members at The Hacktory, big table full of keyboards (Kinesis for scale), Georgia giving a tour of The Hacktory along with Baby K and his parents

Eric Raymond (Yes, that Eric Raymond) wrote up his experience at the meetup here: https://plus.google.com/+EricRaymond/posts/Qz9V1et6hhX. (Spoiler alert: Eric likes clicky switches.)

Nova Labs in Reston, VA

From there, we drove onward to our evening engagement at Nova Labs, a gorgeous hackerspace in Reston, Virginia. We ended up driving through the trailing end of what looks to have been a pretty epic rainstorm.

Jesse talking about Arduino's HID implementation at Nova Labs
Jesse talking about Arduino's HID implementation at Nova Labs

30-odd folks showed up at Nova Labs and hung out for two hours to chat keyboards and tour their amazing shop area. Nobody brought a Kinesis or Ergodox to compare, but Paul Beaudet brought along his own prototype chording keyboard for folks to check out. Tonight, we probably talked more about the Arduino HID stack and our design choices around that than at any point..ever.

Onward!

Tomorrow evening, we're in Durham. If you're around, come meet the Model 01 at the American Underground: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-keyboardio-model-01-durham-at-american-underground-tickets-17315337641

Saturday afternoon, we're in Louisville at LVL1. We'd love to see you there: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-keyboardio-model-01-louisville-tickets-17315360710

Miles driven today: 283

Roadshow mileage to date: 510

Current Kickstarter total: 272,272

But now, it's time for sleep. We need to hit the road for Durham in about 8 hours.

<3 j+k



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