I came across this keyboard design on hackaday and the design files are available on github
Neat! I like that it’s wireless. I got me an Atreus (by @technomancy) about a year ago, and pretty much my only complaint about it is the cable. Mitosis is also interesting [to me] as I’ve yet to try a split keyboard.
Some enterprising soul out there… please mass manufacture this! I’m dying for an Ergo Dox replacement that doesn’t presume the owner has extremely large hands (the thumb clusters are placed way out of my normal hand reach!)
You might like the Diverge (now at version III with silly LEDs): https://unikeyboard.io/product/diverge/
I have a Diverge II and love it. The more natural thumb placement is one of the reasons I went with it over an ErgoDox. Also, I offset my key map “inward” by one column (i.e., g and h are the keys on the inward side of my home row) so that the thumb clusters are even more convenient and so that the outside columns can be used for symbols and meta keys akin to a standard layout.
Hi; I sell assembled and DIY kits that don’t require a lot of hand movement:
Not exactly mass-produced of course, since the demand isn’t there in terms of volume. Mine is similar to the one in the link except as a one-piece, so it’s easier to travel with. Also it has a wooden case instead of just using the bare PCB.
If anyone here is interested in this sort of thing, you’ll find r/mechanicalkeyboards interesting,
Another (admittedly less minimalist) take on split ortholinear keyboards is the Diverge (https://unikeyboard.io/product/diverge/). I have one and really enjoy using it. Not to mention the fact that it eliminated my mounting wrist pain.
The “Let’s Split” also has many admirers: https://gist.github.com/nicinabox/3582fc89470a3f4efc9ed194f12fabfb
Has anybody actually used such a keyboard? I am curious what is the learning curve like. I can’t imagine it’s all that straightforward to switch from a regular, non-split layout.
It normally takes 2-4 weeks to get up to speed on the letters; learning the punctuation can take another week or two since it typically needs the fn layer. Eventually you get a pretty dramatic increase in comfort, but there’s definitely a learning curve. (Source: I have sold hundreds of DIY keyboard kits with a similar column stagger and heavy use of the fn key.) If you use programs that don’t support rebinding the keys (for instance, hard-coded reliance on f1-12) then it will likely take longer and end up being a fair bit more awkward even once you’ve learned it.
Learning to touch type (Dvorak) comfortably took some time, but after that, switching to a split keyboard (first Microsoft Natural Ergonomic then Kinesis Advantage Pro) wasn’t a big challenge at all.
I have a gold touch split keyboard - which I’m using daily at work - and I’m hoping to replace with ultimate hacking keyboard in the near future, but I’ve been using Microsoft Ergonomic keyboards for years and I found them just more comfortable - the challenge is learning the new keyboard layout, but their have been threads here on lobste.rs about different layouts - I also use zty.pe to practice touch typing when I want to get back up to speed. Not sure this really answers your question, but my experience switching to both the gold touch and ergonomic keyboards was that the comfort of typing quickly built my touch typing speeds back up (I touch type at about 100 WPM but only with a 60 WPM minute accuracy :~/)