Ultimate Hacking Keyboard

Oct 12, 2018

UHK at Mechanicon, and fixing the freeze bug

We got a nice invitation from Christian Bäuerlein, organizer of Mechanicon, the largest German meetup for mechanical keyboard enthusiasts. Based on the video and photos of Mechanicon 2017, it’s quite an event, so we’ll be there! Read the full update.

Sep 13, 2018

Lunar UHKs, Unicorns, and the Freeze bug

Please update to the latest UHK firmware for macro support, and to help us fix the freeze bug that plagues recent firmware versions. Agent now visualizes secondary roles. We’ve churned out six mini batches since our last update. The development of the add-ons is going slowly while delivering the pre-orders, but we’ll switch to high-gear afterwards. Read the full update.

Aug 16, 2018

Webshop migration and manufacturing progress

We’ve opened our own webshop! We’ve churned out 7 mini batches since our last update, which is the fastest we’ve ever produced. A ton of firmware progress has been made, but we need testers to fix a very hard to reproduce bug. We’ve received a lot of nice feedback from you, including a review. Read the full update.

Jul 12, 2018

Knee-deep in production

Since our last update, we’ve sent out mini batches 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15, which is, yet again, the highest volume batch we’ve produced so far, but not as high as we aim for. We had to allow a week of vacation for our staff in the middle of summer. Without the vacation, we’d have likely hit our target volume, so the ramp-up is still not over. Apart from manufacturing, Agent and the firmware keep advancing, and some major progress is expected soon. Read the full update.

Jun 13, 2018

Production and add-on progress

Since our last update, we’ve sent out mini batches 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. This is the highest volume we’ve produced so far, but not as high as we ultimately aim for. We’ve fallen behind with pre-assembly due to the aforementioned staffing issues, but we’re catching up, and the ramp up is still underway. The development of the add-ons is in progress. Read the full update.

May 16, 2018

Churning out mini batches

Since our last update, we’ve sent out mini batches 2, 3, and 4, and mini batch 5 is almost finished. Due to staffing issues, this volume is about half of our production target. We hired new employees, and expect to reach our target production capacity in about two weeks. The feedback we received from you has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’ll be working hard to keep it that way. Read the full update.

Apr 20, 2018

Production is up and running

Our factory is up and running! According to the aforementioned delivery page, we’ve already sent out the first mini batch, so some of you should get your orders within days. Given our most recent production data, we’ll be able to deliver batch 1 of 2,000 UHKs and related accessories by the end of July. Many of you will get your orders much faster depending on your place in the queue. Everything’s looking great, and we’ll be transitioning to the add-ons soon. Read the full update.

Mar 14, 2018

Pre-assembly progress and last minute issues

We’ve pre-assembled the parts of 2,000 UHKs. Things are progressing rapidly, but color-matching plastic parts and pad printing them accurately was more problematic than anticipated. The rejected parts are being remanufactured and are expected to be ready by next week, at which point the assembly and delivery of batch 1 of the first 2,000 UHKs will begin. Read the full update.

Feb 15, 2018

Ramping up production

We’ve assembled 500 PCB panels, and the parts for the first batch of 2,000 UHKs are being pre-assembled. Right after pre-assembly, the final assembly of the keyboards will proceed. We plan to ship the first batch (ordered before 2017-07-13) of 2,000 UHK from March to May. Closely after the first batch, we expect the ship the second batch (ordered on or after 2017-07-13) starting from June. We’ll ship every non-module items together on a per-backer basis. Read the full update.

Jan 18, 2018

Pilot run success and what’s next

TL;DR: The first 50 UHKs and palm rests of the pilot run were delivered, and according to the feedback we received it was a huge success! The recipients of the pilot run gave us a ton of feedback, so we’ll go over the issues they encountered, and tell you how we’ll fix them in upcoming batches. We’re raising the price of the palm rest to $55, and we’ll raise the rest of the items by 10% soon. We plan to deliver the remaining 1,950 UHKs of the first batch from February to April. We’re putting an increasingly heavy emphasis on finalizing and manufacturing the add-ons. Read the full update.

Dec 13, 2017

Delivering the pilot run units

The 50 UHKs of the pilot run and their palm rests have been assembled and will be shipped on Monday. We’ll ramp up production afterwards, and continue the fulfillment of the rest of the crowdfunding starting in January. Read the full update.

Nov 15, 2017

FCC and CE passed, PCBA follows

We’ve passed both FCC and CE! We’re assembling the PCBs of the pilot run next week and shiping the first pilot run of 50 UHKs around the end of November. We’ll do our best to start to delivering the rest of the UHKs in December, but we may slip to January due to the holidays. Read the full update.

Oct 12, 2017

FCC success and development news

TL;DR: We’ve passed FCC certification, and CE is in progress. We’re progressing with assembly, loads of UHK boxes arrived from the printing factory, and the UHK accessory boxes are already packed. The firmware and Agent have matured substantially. We’re waiting for final answers from TÜV to proceed further. Read the full update.

Sep 13, 2017

All mechanical parts are ready, waiting for certification

TL;DR: All of the keyboard molds are finalized, and the plastic parts for the pilot run are ready. The PCBs of the pilot run are also ready, and waiting to be assembled. We’re waiting for TÜV to certify our design, and then the PCBs will get assembled. The printing factory is nearly ready with the UHK and palm rest boxes. We need about one and half month to start delivering batch 1. Please see the end of this update starting from the “The state of the pilot run” section to see why. Read the full update.

Aug 17, 2017

Further steps towards mass production

TL;DR: We’ve been making good progress towards mass production. The corrected prototype PCBs have been manufactured, tested, and sent to TÜV Netherlands for final certification. The PCBs for the pilot run are being manufactured. The configuration parser of the firmware has been fully implemented. BusPal got fixed, allowing us to update the firmwares of both keyboard halves. We’ll close the order cancellation period for batch 1 in a week. Read the full update.

Jul 13, 2017

Just before the pilot run

We’re making rapid progress with the assembly process. The firmware and Agent have matured significantly and become truly cross-platform. We have to make a minor design change on the PCB that will set us back by 2 weeks. Batch 1 has sold out and batch 2 will ship starting December. Read the full update.

Jun 15, 2017

Tweaking the molds and preparing for the pilot run

TL;DR: The BOM is fully finalized and ordered. The UHK prototypes have improved a ton in the EMC department. Agent and the firmware has evolved a lot. The key cluster and trackball modules have been mechanically prototyped and tested. New developers joined our forces. We’ve tested the molds and found some issues which will introduce some delay. We plan to ship a pilot run of 50 UHKs in July. The rest of the UHKs are planned to be shipped starting from August. Please read on! Read the full update.

May 17, 2017

EMC pre-compliance testing successful

TL;DR: Our most recent prototypes have successfully passed EMC pre-compliance testing. The final certification will be taking place in June and is expected to take 4-5 weeks which will push delivery to July. Manufacturing is proceeding apace. One of our prototypes has became a movie star. Read the full update.

Apr 12, 2017

A huge influx of parts

TL;DR: We’re inching towards mass production. We’ve received tons of parts from our suppliers. The design of the palm rest is finalized, and our new PCBs are being fabricated. Read the full update.

Mar 16, 2017

Improved EMC test results and incoming parts

TL;DR: Our most recent EMC test results are much better than the previous results, but they’re still not good enough. We’re working hard on our new prototype to pass the tests, but this delays the project about a month. Lots of progress is happening on other fronts, too. Please read on! Read the full update.

Feb 15, 2017

PCB Redesign and Firmware Progress

Hey there! It’s February, and we have a new UHK update for you. A lot has been happening, and we’re on track. Let’s delve into the gory details! Read the full update.

Jan 21, 2017

First Sample Batch and EMC Tests

Happy New Year, everybody! This is the most recent installment of UHKzine - your authentic, monthly news source on all things UHK. In this update, there’s good news (production is moving along nicely), bad news (we need to delay delivery by two months to April 2017 in order to fix electrical noise so the UHK can pass FCC and CE certification), and more good news (we’re already vetting some great candidates to fix our PCB design in order to reduce the electrical noise). Read the full update.

Dec 14, 2016

Putting the (plastic) pieces together

The injection molding is snapping together nicely! Read the full update.

Nov 18, 2016

Defeating electrical noise and preparing for EMC tests

Welcome to our monthly progress update! There is no shortage of news from this last month, so let’s go through them one by one! Read the full update.

Oct 12, 2016

Monthly progress

Injection molds are almost done, an LED sample is in, Agent/firmware is coming along, and we finally managed to meet up with Santiago. Read the full update.

Sep 15, 2016

Monthly progress and choosing a switch brand

Hear some production details (including some cool photos), and learn how we choose the UHK switches. Read the full update.

Aug 17, 2016

Updated delivery schedule and a bonus

Some good news, some bad news, and a lot of news bites on production. Read the full update.

Jul 13, 2016

The feet and palm rest design is nearly complete

See some examples of how you'll be able to position the UHK. More movement on the PCB, Agent, and manufacturing. Read the full update.

Jun 15, 2016

Tooling is progressing

Tooling for manufacturing is getting close to completion - we visit the manufacturer for details and beer. Progress on all other fronts. Read the full update.

May 18, 2016

The mold design is almost finished

The injection molds are close to production, the sixth generation prototyping is almost complete, and there's been lots of good GitHub progress. Read the full update.

Apr 13, 2016

Manufacturing has begun, but delivery is slightly delayed

Banking issues abound! Deliveries have been delayed about two months to September. But everything is in motion. Read the full update.

Mar 17, 2016

The new firmware is in great shape!

There's progress on all fronts! Read the full update.

Feb 18, 2016

2nd UHK post-campaign update

Some cool new design features have been nailed down, and it's almost time to send them off to manufacturing! Read the full update.

Jan 14, 2016

2016 01 Update

New parts options available, and we're hiring! Read the full update.

Dec 16, 2015

The Campaign is Over

Thanks to everyone who is involved and supported, the UHK will come to life. Read the full update.

Dec 13, 2015

Just 30 hours to go! Announcing the 2nd stretch goal!

New case colors will be available (the goal has been reached!) - and we're offering five total options. Read the full update.

Dec 11, 2015

Colored Cases Poll Results

The count is rolling in, and the stretch goal is almost reached. Read the full update.

Dec 09, 2015

We've Made It -The UHK Got Funded!

The project has reached it's goal! Read the full update.

Dec 04, 2015

Final Phase

The goal is within reach! Read the full update.

Dec 01, 2015

Securing Firmware Upgrades

Learn more about how the UHK was designed for any level of security you may want. Read the full update.

Nov 25, 2015

Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) Top Questions

Your AMA questions answered by Laci. Read the full update.

Nov 21, 2015

Ask me anything!

Reddit AMA time for Laci! Read the full update.

Nov 17, 2015

The Add-On Modules And Palm Rest Are For Sale!

Add even more functionality to the UHK. Read the full update.

Nov 12, 2015

Introducing add-on modules! [poll]

New modules will unleash the true productivity potential of the UHK! Help choose which we make first. Read the full update.

Nov 10, 2015

The tale of 5 prototypes

Learn how the Ultimate Hacking Keyboard came to life from version one to the final form. Read the full update.

Nov 06, 2015

Ultimate Configurability

Learn how your UHK gives you total control. Read the full update.

Nov 03, 2015

Repair for the Win

The UHK is designed for repair - find out why and how we went about this. Read the full update.

Nov 02, 2015

Beyond $100K

The campaign is half way to its goal!! Read the full update.

Oct 27, 2015

Layout Matters

The UHK layout is far from standard Read the full update.

Oct 23, 2015

Tilt, Tent, And Screw With UHK

Introducing the first stretch goal - a sturdy, comfortable, adaptable palm rest. Meet your own specific ergonomic needs! Read the full update.

Oct 20, 2015

1st Update

UHK goes on a road tour & launches the campaign! Check out the configuration statistics we've collected so far. Read the full update.

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Product Choices


Crowd Supply Special UHK - $35 Off Retail Price

A fully programmable, impeccably built, open source, split mechanical keyboard - designed for extreme productivity and ergonomics. Available at a discounted pre-order rate, the UHK will retail for $275.


Key Cluster Module (Left Half)

This module features 3 regular keys, 2 buttons and a mini trackball which can also be pressed - acting as an extra button. This module attaches to the left half of the keyboard.

Keycluster Module


Trackball Module (Right Half)

The trackball features excellent precision and usability and is well-suited to be used by a thumb. This module attaches to the right half of the keyboard.

Trackball Module


Trackpoint Module (Right Half)

The trackpoint surely brings back fond memories for those of you who have owned an IBM ThinkPad laptop in the past. With it, you can not only move the pointer, but click by pressing it. This module attaches to the right half of the keyboard.

Trackpoint Module


Trackpad Module (Right Half)

The touchpad shouldn’t be stranger to anyone, given that it’s a part of pretty much every laptop and netbook ever manufactured. This module attaches to the right half of the keyboard.

Trackpad Module


UHK Palm Rest

A super comfortable, truly split, wooden UHK palm rest - designed to add even more to the keyboard ergonomics by tilting and tenting to fit your needs.


Extra UHK case

An extra case for your UHK.

UHK Extra Case


Extra UHK keycaps

An extra set of keycaps for your UHK.

UHK Keycaps


Ultimate Gadget Laboratories

László Monda

András Völgyi

Nikolai Lebedovsky

Ákos Tolnai

Tüv Rheinland

Final EMC certifier


Preliminary EMC tester


PCB manufacturer

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