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I've been trying to put together a note-taking compact system similar to a Poqet PC. If it was used for writing notes (and *only* writing notes) I've been experimenting with the bare minimum keyboard layout I would be comfortable with. And maybe be able to type with one hand (strapped to my arm, maybe)

A conventional OS isn't going to work since it would require too many resources and keys. And instead of shift for symbols, I thought of using a layer. That reduced the key count considerably

First idea. Layers for symbols. Shift is only used for uppercase letters. Because the total width of the keyboard is less than the length of my stretched hand from thumb to little finger, I can type with one hand, if needed

Because I'm writing the OS, I thought of just using a single key for program related functions. No more Ctrl, Alt, Win/OS keys

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I have no idea what this kind of keyboard layout could be used for, but it could be useful for an ultra-minimal system of some sort

43 Keys total:
36 - 1x1
02 - 1.25x1
03 - 1.5x1
01 - 2x1
01 - 3x1 mastodon.social/media/9kHoN8FN

This is one of the more sillier sketches, but I was trying to see which keys I could absolutely live without. If I turn the Tab key to a layer selector, I can get the others back as options

This one is just 36 keys and I could probably use this on a wearable

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ϟт℮ ♥ε Ḻ ☺ґḓ @stevelord

@cypnk interesting. I've been looking at small keyboard design and this is pretty small but do you envisage full size keys for this?

@stevelord I think I'll be going smaller. This might sound a bit silly, but I've been studying the IBM buckling spring patent (expired) to see if I can 3D print the shafts in maybe 2/3 the original size

I'm trying to match the keys on the Poqet PC or a Zeros, if possible. Here's a ZeosPPC from 1991 with a ballpoint pen for size reference

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