Making a Split Ergonomic Keyboard

Intro: Making a Split Ergonomic Keyboard

first I bought two the same keyboard .

Step 1:

Disassemble the keyboards layer by layer..

Step 2:

take the cover layer of keyboards and cut them with a drill cutter tool.

Step 3:

cut the keyboards by two pieceses with a drill cutter tool( attention of the keys that you need the save

Step 4:

assemble the halves as left and right.

Step 5:

fold the flex circiut under the cover. and fix them there by hot slicon .

unfortunately I have to use 2 usb ports by this .

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    Fungineers

    1 year ago

    That is nice.
    I did something similar, check it out and let me know if you like it:

    https://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Your-Own-Split-Keyboard/

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    blza

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Perfect, planned to do the same!

    It's a good hack and I think it's worth trying especially if you don't like Kinesis layout.

    Kinesis Freestyle layout is no go for heavy emacs users. It has very long spacebar, so one must move hands from default touch typing position (asdf and jkl;) to reach Meta and Control with thumbs.

    So there's no other simple way to obtain split keyboard with great layout: there's no offers on market. Other (not cheap) options are buying Goldtouch V2 (and again hacking it into truly separate one) or building your own custom mechanical keyboard.

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    fxsaucedo

    4 years ago

    kinesis makes high-quality, reliable ergo keyboards available cheaper @ amazon. only super heavy users really need ergo keyboards to prevent major hand wrist problems. kinesis offers AUTHENTIC ergonomics. while creative, this is a butcher job prototype at best, instead of a long-term solution for ergo protection

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    coolflame

    4 years ago

    nice idea, but instead oc buying and -in fact- destroying two working keyboards you produce about one defect keyboard as trash. you could have bought an already ergonomic keyboard, and just cutting keybords into half doesn't make them ergonomic ...

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    mycroftxxxcoolflame

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It's much cheaper to buy a pair of USB keyboards than it is to buy a genuinely split keyboard. I had considered doing the same thing years ago, the author made the right choices if they wanted to have a fully split keyboard with the lowest amount of effort and cost.