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Add Bluetooth 5.0 to the keyboard

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Based on the trend of wireless technology, we try to add the function of Bluetooth 5.0 to the cyberboard. But we ran into a problem: the antenna would be obscured by the aluminum alloy case.
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So we need to make a hole in the front to expose the antenna, and then we cover it with a piece of non-metal material.
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any thoughts? for those who dont know what i'm talking about: https://drop.com/talk/31759/ic-75-keyboard-cyberboard%EF%BC%88-with-color-option-form%EF%BC%89

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h33t
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Apr 29, 2020
Do you have any pictures of the bottom of this keyboard? Would having the BT strip underneath near the front of the keyboard a possibility without reducing signal retention?
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Marco505
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Apr 24, 2020
how often would it need to be charge with all those LEDs? Ore are there going to be something like to AA battery’s?
crazydesigners
372
Apr 26, 2020
USB 3.0 is cool for power needs, and we're considering inserting battery to leds
h33t
4
Apr 29, 2020
imo, going back to AA batteries seems like a step back. I would much prefer a bigger built-in li-ion battery. Main reason is that batteries can leak acid, and when that happens, leaked battery acid doesn't go well w/ electronics.
Spangly4sho
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Apr 20, 2020
Go for it! Personally wireless would be a Huge plus for this board. Maybe add LEDs behind the non metal material to make it seem more intentional? Also whatever material it would be should try and be scratch resistant or replaceable as to keep the board looking nice over time. Maybe have the option to get keycap color matched plastic to insert. People could order several to match the various sets they own.
crazydesigners
372
Apr 26, 2020
noted with thanks!
Canuck-Errant
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Apr 15, 2020
Would it be possible to sneak the antenna 'under' the keys? It would probably be tougher to do in terms of engineering the PCB, but more aesthetically pleasing if doable. I'd probably try for the sides of the keyboard or possibly around the spacebar.
crazydesigners
372
Apr 26, 2020
Thanks for the idea! but this would make the signal poor..
Why not to make a mini/micro/type-c USB dongle that goes into the keyboard's port? Aesthetically it is not the best solution I guess. Why not to make the cutout on the bottom of the keyboard? Will it worsen the signal drastically? Will you be able to compensate it wit larger surface of the antenna?
YBLee10
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Apr 2, 2020
Whatever gets the bluetooth going. It looks fine but I am wondering, would it affect the connectivity if you put the antennas facing downward? Meaning move that black box to the bottom of the keyboard case so it is hidden. Also is there any chance for TKL versions? There are already a 75% bluetooth keyboard on the market (recently there was also a drop for it) but there isn't a really a TKL option.
Spangly4sho
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Apr 20, 2020
To be fair this really isn't just any 75%, tkl has a clean look but this works better with the proportions with the LED strip as well. It gives it a "grid" feel.