About 3 and a half years ago, I decided to start an online store (Keebio) as an experiment to see how it would go. I had been into the mechanical keyboards hobby for about a year at that point and had already gone into doing custom builds and handwired boards. Nothing like adding in selling items to the mix, right? So I set aside $2,000 to buy some initial inventory like Gateron switches, Cherry MX deskmats (before the ongoing wave of deskmat runs), and switch springs. And thus, Keebio was born.
For some DIY mechanical keyboards, instead of an integrated microcontroller, a daughterboard like the Pro Micro is used. Pro Micro-based builds/PCBs are commonly found in designs for split keyboards like the Let’s Split, Quefrency, and Iris (the older Rev. 2), due to split keyboards being relatively new compared to single-piece keyboards.
It’s been a while since I last posted something, although I’ve got a lot of ideas and thoughts in my head. I’ve got 8–9 draft posts on various keyboard-related topics that one day will all get finished. But in the meantime, here’s a bit more detail on various projects in the works that expands on the info provided on my status board.
So first off, my name isn’t Lewis Ridden, I’m Danny, better known as Bakingpy, the person behind Keebio. I’ve received a few emails in the past referring to me as Lewis, but alas, that isn’t me.
“So if you’re not Lewis, then who is he, and why is his name plastered on every single Iris PCB out there?” Time to open the storybook.
I don’t know how things go with other vendors in the mechanical keyboard community, but here’s a rundown of how my days normally go.
Like a lot of other vendors, it’s mostly a one-man show here at Keebio. I think the perception out there from what I read is that most keyboard stores have a number of people running them. The reality is, it’s usually just one person doing all the legwork.
I design PCBs and cases myself, buy parts, answer customer service emails and messages, pack and label orders, check inventory levels, assemble custom builds, hack away on QMK, etc. I usually can’t get to everything I’d like to do, so it’s a matter of picking what tasks are important.
If only designing PCBs were so simple. While developing the Nyquist and other keyboard circuit boards, I have gone through a bunch of iterations as I discovered various issues or things that could be improved upon. Here’s some of the snags I’ve run into along the way, as well things that were improved upon.
Here at the Keebio Lab, better known as my garage and home office, I’ve got various projects in the works in addition to the incremental improvements being made to the Nyquist. Here’s a taste of what will be available soon.