First large drop for me. I imagine breaking up the shipment into individual orders probably takes a fair bit of time. How long does an order of this complexity and size normally take to break down? I gotta give my respect to the people who keep it all straight!
Heck, first keycap set for me! I don't even know what to expect! A tray, baggies? Do they ship bulk keys, or divided sets? I'm just really curious how it works behind the scenes for something with as many individual bits and bobs as 1500-ish main and child packs of a keycap set!
As an update to my own project, I ordered some parts from an Apple MagSafe 2 magnetic quick disconnect connector, and some additional magnets. I'm gonna mount them in the side of my keyboard, so I can create a magnetically detachable number pad, sometime in the future. Checked the clearances, and the MagSafe 2 connector should just fit, and my additional magnets are only 4mm in diameter, but are 6mm deep, and the strongest rating for their strength. I figure a pair of magnets and the MagSafe2 connector ought to keep a number pad firmly attached. Note, that the picture is just a really good image, my connections will feature Power, Ground, Rx, Tx, and Sense. Sense is just a simple signal that will indicate the presence of an accessory to the controller. Rx and Tx are the I2C communication lines, and the Power and Ground are to power the port extender that would be in the number pad to create the matrix for it. I realized I could use the unused keys of my keyboard matrix as sense detection. I just need to have the sense pin activate a transistor that connects a row and column together. The software would see the keypress as meaning a number pad is present, and to scan for the port expander. I'm strongly considering having a left hand MagSafe connector so I have the option of left hand accessories as well.
NO idea how to implement that functionality in code though. I don't even have number pad plates, so I ain't TOO worried about number pad functionality just yet. For now, I just wanna get the ports installed, so I can add the functionality by software int he future, should I build it.
You can see a MagSafe 1 connector disassembled. It was a little thicker than MagSafe2, but the construction is almost the same. Between the number pad and the keyboard, one side will have that tiny metal shell and the small pogo connectors mounted in it, along with some steel posts to mate up with the magnets in the other half. The other half will have matched magnets and the magnetic side of the connector. Thinking of making the magnetic part be the keyboard. In the Apple Laptops, the magnetic part is the laptop, not the cable. It also makes creating accessories easier, as I only need to salvage a cable, and not the replacement part for a laptop.