Welcome to YARH.IO Cyberdeck Ortholinear Keyboard project, where our goal is to build an ortholinear mechanical keyboard for use as a cyberdeck device typing tool or your daily driver.
Ortho keyboards are designed to minimize finger movement making them more efficient. At the same time this design allows us to build a more compact keyboard featuring standard switches and keycap sets.
Ortho keyboards come with a little bit of a learning curve because you will have to get used to a slightly different layout. While the ortho keyboard layout is similar to the staggered one, the ortho keys are arranged linearly in correlation to each other.
To use numbers, symbols, or functions on your keyboard you have to hit a modifier key to raise or lower it into a different layer that has the desired symbols or functions. One way to think about this layered functionality is in terms of multiple Shift modifiers for each key.
In much the same way as the Shift keys allow you to use a single key to represent both q and Q (the upper case "layer" if you like), we introduce more modifiers to take us to a layer of symbols, movement keys, mouse keys, and media keys. For instance, in case of q and Q, 'RAISE' key modifier can be used to reach number '1', and 'LOWER' key modifier can be used to reach an exclamation point '!'.
Cyberdeck keyboard has four different layers and can be customized to your liking with the help of QMK keyboard firmware.
Cyberdeck keyboard utilizes Pro Micro (ATmega32U4) board.
All case parts are 3D printed using PLA or ASA plastic. The ABS plastic can be used as well, but requires more advanced printers and techniques then the PLA plastic.