Project update 52 of 76
Hi there, and welcome to our monthly status update! Let’s get right to it!
We keep churning out the mini batches. With this pace, we’ll deliver every Crowd Supply order in 1-2 weeks. (This doesn’t include the modules which we’ll deliver later.)
As it turned out, the fulfillment process of Crowd Supply orders differs substantially from our own webshop. Shipping Crowd Supply and UHK webshop orders together would have resulted in quite a chaos, so we opted to ship them separately.
Given the above, we’ll only start the delivery of the orders from our own webshop after delivering every Crowd Supply order. Originally, we believed that we will be able to deliver every non-module order by the end of December, including the orders of our own webshop, but the recent sales volume has been higher than anticipated, and some orders will slip to January.
This is not ideal, but we’re doing so much better than recently. Not so long ago, our earliest backers were waiting for 2 and half years to get their orders. We’ve been gradually closing the gap, and by the end of the year the wait time will be reduced to about a month, and then we’ll transition to on-demand manufacturing which will reduce the wait time to less than a week, and possibly to a work day or two.
We’re not sure which orders we will be able to deliver by Christmas or before the new year. Please feel free to check the always up-to-date delivery status page any time.
As surprising as it might sound, some people have never heard about the UHK! Please help us to let them know by sharing your experience with the UHK and showing your support by upvoting on Quora.
As most of the Crowd Supply orders should be shipped in the next two weeks, we will stop early-bird pricing for the UHK on December 1st, so if you haven’t done so yet, pre-order your UHK now, before the special pricing expires. If you have ordered your UHK, now it’s the best time to get a second one too.
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I’ve had a blast at Mechanicon! It’s been great to meet so many of you, and talk about keyboards, although I’m jealous of you guys, because I really wanted to check all the weird and wonderful keyboards at the meetup, but I had to stay at our booth.
Christian Bäuerlein, the organizer of Mechanicon, is a super nice guy with a huge passion for mechanical keyboards. Pulling together such an event is no small feat, and he’s done a great job. According to the Meetup page, there were 266 attendees this year, which gets doubled on a yearly basis, based on its track record so far. Feel free to check out the photo collection of Mechanicon 2018.
Max wanted to make it, but couldn’t, so he was feeling blue. So blue that he felt an irresistible urge to express his deepest feelings via his most authentic way by assembling a blue UHK.
Being true to his spirit, he posted the details on Reddit, so you can pimp out your UHK the same way he did.
Jemin You reached out to us, asking for a UHK to be reviewed, and as soon as he received it, he made a review video of it in no time. His enthusiasm is contagious, I like his style a lot, and I think he’s done an outstanding job capturing the essence of the UHK, and demonstrating every major feature.
To be perfectly honest, I don’t know a word of Korean, but YouTube offers translated captions, which help a bit.
András has been hard at work lately. Besides running our factory, he was busy with the key cluster module, so let’s take a peek.
But I know you guys aren’t just interested in the outside. The inside is at least as interesting.
We’re getting increasingly closer to a manufacturable product. The shape of the PCB is crazy and nearly final. Fitting the mini trackball into the module is quite a challenge, but it seems to be solvable.
Luckily, the other modules are simpler than the key cluster from a mechanical standpoint. At this point, we can see quite clearly how they’ll fit together. Here are some renders of them.
I’m extremely pleased by the looks of these modules. The initial design looked neat, but András has truly taken them to the next level.
As previously stated, there’s no ETA on the modules yet. We’ll announce it as soon as we get sufficiently close to their production.
Thank you for reading this update! We’ll be keeping you updated on all things UHK, and we’re looking forward to talking to you on 2018-12-13.