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Test the keymat!

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by EvilDragon, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    As I mentioned in the last news thread, I want to give everyone who wants a chance to test the new keymat.

    All you need to do for that is to ship it to the next one on the list and cover the shippings.
    As it's a lightweight package without any batteries, postage fees won't be too high (you can send it as letter in a padded envelope).
    Additionally, I will organise the list by locations, so unless you're the last one on the list for your country, you only need to ship it locally.

    So how does this work?
    Easy: You send an email to: EvilDragon@openpandora.org
    The subject has to be "Keymat test" (please don't change that, as I'll filter these mails and sort them automatically).
    Write down your Forum Nickname and your address in the email.

    Once you receive the keymat sample, you can test it, make pictures, videos, whatever you want.
    I'll make a dedicated thread where everyone can post those. You don't have to, though. You can simply try it out and send it to the next one on the list.

    I will keep a track on that thread where the keymat currently is and will also let you know where to ship it next.

    The keymat will come assembled in a transparent case (only lower side, no lid), so you can check the quality as well.
     
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  2. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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    I'm assuming that there'll have to be a dummy PCB in said case to support the keymat. Is there any chance of populating the shoulder buttons on said PCB to also give a feel for how they work? (Especially since they'll be the main modifiers.)

    -Neelix
     
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  3. comradekingu

    comradekingu Glowing ember

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    We have that already, don't we? Assuming it fits.
     
  4. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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    Have what already?

    I know on the Pandora the resistance on the shoulder buttons is provided by the switches. I'm assuming the Pyra is no different. If so then if the switches aren't populated the shoulder buttons will feel dead if you try to press them.

    -Neelix
     
  5. EvilDragon

    EvilDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    The shoulder buttons are not yet the final optimized ones.But I'll check what I can mod together here.
     
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  6. ible

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    hmm, tempting!
     
  7. Grench

    Grench Forum Addict!

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    If you can come up with enough units, maybe one per side of the Atlantic?
     
  8. erico

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    ...or organize the tour to traverse the atlantic only twice.
     
  9. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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    Not everyone lives on a continent adjacent to the Atlantic you know. :)

    -Neelix (Located somewhere between the Pacific and Indian oceans.)
     
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  10. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Do you have a public PGP key so we can encrypt our emails and the addresses they contain against the man (as he is known)?
     
  11. Eight Bit

    Eight Bit Advanced Member

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    Weren't you going to do a europe tour with your prototype? :D
     
  12. Blue Shadow

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    Do you want to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks like intercepting mail communication, or just prevent that all participants (except the one who needs it) can read all adresses?

    Because if it is the latter, this should be already be the case if I understand it right:
    - Only ED will know all adresses (if you want to prevent that, your method won't work if you use his public key instead of the one of another participant, or maybe I misunderstood the "you")
    - Once he knows the order, he would sent the participant the corresponding next adress (maybe even not until she/he received the keymat)
     
  13. levi

    levi Still fresh, damnit!

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    Yes, the man in the middle attacks that we already know are regularly carried out on email communications by nation state actors.

    Although to be fair, I can't quite work out how he'd get the addresses to people to send the next unit onto without giving the first person a list of every interested person's address, so that he can send the rest of the list less the first entry to the next person.

    FWIW, ED already knows my address through purchases I've made on his shop, though that was all TLS-protected via https. And doing it all via PMs here would solve that problem too for that matter.

    And I guess nation states already know that someone at this address browses these boards fairly regularly too :)
     
  14. second exodous

    second exodous Well-Known Member

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    I included my P.O. Box because it is most likely not stolen/lost if sent there, so it would be cool if the person that sends it to you can shoot an e-mail or something to let the next person know so the recipient can check their mail every day!

    So I'm guessing you will have a few for every continent, more for each depending on the number of people on the list in that area? So there won't be one sent to New York and have to go through all the people on the list until it reaches California?
    --- Double Post Merged, Apr 23, 2017, Original Post Date: Apr 23, 2017 ---
    Ah man, just had an idea that can't be implemented now as not enough time. Should have designed a dummy PCB that would both light being powered over USB and all they keys could function when plugged into a PC to have a real test.

    Maybe for the Pandora3. . .
     
  15. Wally

    Wally Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe some group meetups are needed so we can play with it and point out it's amazingness together?
     
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  16. Xcl4m4t10n

    Xcl4m4t10n Very Active Member

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    For me, if there is no way to try the REAL keymat it is a non sense. I mean try the keymat on a system where I can feel the real feedback, not only the feel :p.
     
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  17. Neelix

    Neelix Insecticidal Maniac

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    Funnily enough I was thinking something similar. It'd be good to meet up at a pub somewhere and check out the new toy. :)

    -Neelix
     
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  18. second exodous

    second exodous Well-Known Member

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    Me aslo but living on the other side do the Atlantic I'm guessing this will be as good as it gets for me. You also won't know entirely of feedback until everything is 100% done, things like the OS.
     
  19. Grench

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    That would be a great idea. We seem to be pretty spread out though.

    If each recipient that receives it sends it off the very next day and 'in the mail' time averages 2 days, each kb tester unit might be able to visit 10 places a month.

    For those who are in densely populated areas, it would help if you can collectively gather people for a single day/evening?

    Oh, don't tell anyone, but this is a keyboard thread.
     
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  20. Swordfish II

    Swordfish II Very Active Member

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    I would like to test a keyboard in a case, with a populated pcb and screen :)
     

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