This is a repo to hold code and research related to building my own chording keyboard. This project is mostly for novelty; I am not all that interested in trying to design and build a chording keyboard that is more efficient than QWERTY. And I'm certainly not interested in producing one as a commercial product.
In a lot of ways, a chording keyboard is not as good as a traditional QWERTY (typewriter layout) keyboard, but it has some strengths. I hope to gain basic proficiency on the chording keyboard, as well as create useful keyboard combos that I can trigger easily through the chording keyboard. (Perhaps by creating vim and emacs modes.)
The goal is that this chording keyboard will supplement my regular keyboard rather than replace it.
For reference, see my blog posts on the subject:
- Teensy 3.0
- Razer Nostromo, heavily modified
- Cherry MX brown switches
- WASDKeyboards numpad key cap set
- Sparkfun joystick (very similar to the XBox controller joysticks)
- Green LEDs
The blog posts referenced above describe how I built my keyboard and other details.
I am planning to use the TabSpace layout (PDF), which was originally designed for the Twiddler chording keyboard, with modifications for this keyboard's layout and for its additional capability for mode switching.
The current layout can be found in the TabSpace Reference Sheet which is the current key layout plan until I have time to use the keyboard and make changes.
Research on layouts:
- Previous research file mapping.txt which references:
- mtgap - theory of letter frequency
- mtgap - letter frequency
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