Stenosaurus

A next-generation open stenotype machine

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Stenosaurus is a modern, standalone, open stenotype.

  • Open source software and hardware
  • Bamboo case with natural zero-VOC wood finish
  • Onboard LCD screen for displaying outlines and just-in-time dictionary updates
  • Power and communication via a removable USB cable
  • Dictionary stored on removable mini SD card
  • No requirement to install software, so compatible with any USB-enabled computer
  • Lightweight, small form factor (approximately 9” x 7” x 1”)
  • Usable on a table, lap, or tripod
  • Appropriate for professional stenographers, hackers, and curiosity seekers

Project Updates


Apr 24, 2016

PCBA Bring Up: LCD Verified

I managed to find some time on the bus ride back from LinuxFest Northwest to get the LCD working. The display will be used for onboard editing of the dictionary when using Stenosaurus in standalone mode - i.e., not using Plover and presenting itself as a normal USB keyboard to the host computer. Read the full update.


Mar 23, 2016

PCBA Bring Up Progress

We've had printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) for the Stenosaurus for several months, but I've only recently been able to begin properly testing it. Here are the tests I've run so far: Read the full update.


Jan 08, 2016

First Mostly Complete Unit

Not to let too much time go by since the last post, here are the very first images of Stenosaurus that has all its main components. Read the full update.


Jan 08, 2016

The Enclosure Takes Shape

The enclosure Kurt designed is composed of four main pieces: a top panel of milled bamboo, a bottom panel of milled bamboo, and bent piece of aluminum that serves as most of the siding, and a straight piece of aluminum siding in the back that accommodates the micro USB connector and the microSD card slot... Read the full update.


Dec 16, 2015

Some Process Shots

Here are some images of some material and process tests Kurt has been doing on the case and key caps, as well as some shots of the first prototype of the internals. Read the full update.


Sep 11, 2015

First Printed Circuit Boards Have Arrived

The first Stenosaurus printed circuit boards (PCBs) arrived yesterday. Shown is an image of a Stenosaurus PCB wth some components... Read the full update.


Jan 18, 2015

Printed Circuit Board Design and Status

The insides of the Stenosaurus consist of a single printed circuit board (PCB). Here is a top-down view of the current state of the PCB design... Read the full update.


Nov 09, 2014

Countdown to Launch

Matias sent me a keyboard with candidates for the final key switch that will be used in the Stenosaurus. I played with it a bit and then sent it to Mirabai... Read the full update.


Jul 08, 2014

Custom Key Caps AND Switches

I think we've finally cracked the toughest nut in the mechanical design of the Stenosaurus - how the custom aluminum key caps mate to off-the-shelf key switches... Read the full update.


Jun 03, 2014

Second Prototype!

Kurt and I finally found some time to put together a second keyboard prototype based on the first of the revised layouts detailed in the previous post. This is a prototype of the keys and their layout only, not of the case in which the keys will sit. Read the full update.


Feb 16, 2014

Revised Keyboard Layout(s)

Based on the feedback we received from the previous post and some subsequent research, Kurt whipped up these revisions to the keyboard layout... Read the full update.


Feb 18, 2016

Keyboard Design

The details of the Stenosaurus are taking shape. Shown is a recent iteration of the keyboard layout... Read the full update.


Dec 22, 2013

The Bootloader

This week we reached a milestone by finishing the bootloader for the Stenosaurus. Well, maybe not finished but it's working. I hear you say, "That's great! But what's a bootloader? Why do we need one? Why should I care?" Read the full update.


Dec 16, 2013

Behold the Stenosaurus blog!

Hi Everyone, Welcome to the Stenosaurus blog... Read the full update.

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