All Input Club projects operate on Open Source firmware. This allows individuals and companies to customize their devices to suit specific needs. Security, integrity, and flexibility are all vital as the world is digitized. Open Source firmware also allows for regular feature updates and full customization, which isn’t always the case with proprietary software-based control utilities.
Planned obsolescence is also a worthy enemy. With phone manufacturers pushing new models on a yearly basis, and somehow expecting consumers to toss hundreds or thousands of dollars at a new pocket-sized computer each cycle, it is refreshing to design something that can last near-indefinitely. Adapting to a new phone or desktop keyboard takes time. Hall Effect-based Silo switches and their hot-swap capabilities virtually eliminate the need to acclimate each time you get a new computer, as you won’t need a new keyboard.
Finally, contactless hot-swap switches and friendly support are a major platform for improving keyboards. When you buy a product, you should be able to fix it. Especially if it’s going to last.
What Input Club Didn’t Change
Qwerty remains the standard layout for the Keystone. Even so, there are still a few things that Input Club intends to explore with mass-market mechanical keyboards. The easiest efficiency gains would come from alternate layouts, like Colemak or Workman. Qwerty simply has so much momentum that it would take something absurd — like a government mandate — to change.
Mechanical switches and other features commonly found in enthusiast keyboards are vital to The Keystone. Key separation and tactility, or the high-quality bump that you feel when you press a key, help differentiate mechanical keyboards from rubber dome models. Sculpted keycaps also make a huge difference, as they allow for easier touch typing; keeping your eyes on the screen is critical for focus and multitasking.