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.
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.
The details of the Stenosaurus are taking shape. Shown is a recent iteration of the keyboard layout... Read the full update.
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.
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.
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.
The first Stenosaurus printed circuit boards (PCBs) arrived yesterday. Shown is an image of a Stenosaurus PCB wth some components... Read the full update.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.