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Model 01 Kickstarter Day 8: Matias and DGP lab in Toronto; 1000 backers; 2000 miles

Hello from Hamilton, Ontario! Today was a busy day. We started off the morning with a visit to Tensen design, the folks responsible for the design of the wood and metal parts of the Model 01. We got to sit down with the team there and talk through some of the design changes we're hoping to make before we go to production, including a redesigned center bar, a slightly slimmer enclosure and the all-important adjustable feet. We also reclaimed the aluminum Model 01 prototype that we'd sent off to them nearly seven months ago. If you catch up with us at...

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Model 01 Kickstarter Day 6: LVL1 in Louisville, including Cheetos with Chopsticks and what was once a fire-breathing animatronic pony.

Hello from somewhere outside Cincinnati, This morning, we set out from a roadside motel Wyethville, Virginia en route to LVL1 in Louisville, Kentucky. We ended up getting to LVL1 about half an hour late thanks to an impressive storm system that made the highway pretty treacherous. We were prepared for the LVL1 meetup to be a fairly small affair, since we only saw four RSVPs on the Eventbrite page. About an hour out of Louisville, we were rather pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually 24 people signed up on the Louisville Keyboard Club's parallel Meetup event page. Upon arrival, we...

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Model 01 Kickstarter day 5: ShopBot and prototyping, and visiting American Underground

Good evening from Wytheville, VA. It’s about 1am here. We’d originally intended to stop a while earlier, but ran into a small snafu with our hotel booking not lining up with the number of rooms in the hotel. For the database geeks in the audience, “eventual consistency” is not the best property in a hotel booking system. ShopBot Our first stop today was ShopBot Tools’ factory & headquarters. Factory tours are always amazing, and ShopBot’s was no exception. The company makes a range of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. We did some prototyping with a ShopBot at TechShop in San Francisco...

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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...

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Model 01 Kickstarter Day 3: Visiting Kickstarter HQ + New York Meetup

Hello from New York! We’re proud to report that we’re a Kickstarter Staff Pick AND that, at least at the moment, we’re the most popular project in Kickstarter’s technology category. We’re starting to see a little bit more press for the campaign. Today, CNET said “This might be the most beautiful keyboard ever made.” Also, you’re starting to share some amazing ideas for how you can customize the Model 01: “Totally going to make my @keyboardio glow red when I’m in a production terminal.” – @ctreinhardt (Read the rest of the post at its original location on Kickstarter…) June 17th, 2015 12:00am

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