Custom TKL On The Cheap (TKLOTC)
I just had this crazy idea. Custom TKLs are ridiculously expensive, but a lot of people love the form factor. What if we could take an existing platform and convince a manufacturer to sell the half finished boards as a kit with no support other than a basic guarantee that they left the factory in working order.
Enthusiasts could get a completely custom programmable platform to build a custom TKL at low cost, estimate this to be ~100USD even at retail prices; 65 for the PCB with switches at Amazon and 40USD for the MCU from 1upkeyboards.
If MD decided to pick it up, they could create packages with switches, stabs and keycap bundles to go with the base kit. Then if this took off, people could standardize around the CM M S PCB and offer aftermarket cases in Acrylic and Alu.
Anyone else think this is a workable idea or just plain stupid?
- Coolermaster Masterkey S PBT as the base without switches, MCU, stabs or keycaps
- Add Unloved Bastard MCUs with EasyAVR and eventually TMK/QMK