My iPod as camera seems to get word over time. Must be the fact that I keep it in my pocket with no case . . .
Upon unwrapping our third ear of corn for dinner the other night, this wondrous specimen appeared. I like it when the grand scheme falls apart just a bit and chaos begins to take hold. Or maybe it's just GMO gone awry. But I still feel alright!
What a lovely cobb
One of the projects underway at present is a new Stenotype keypad. It is intended for introduction through the new Portland startup CrowdSupply.com, which improves upon the KickStarter model by providing back-end support for product based campaigns.
This is kind of a retro-modern entry level unit intended to appear as a standard ASCII keyboard to a connected computer. An embedded MCU will handle all the translation chores with the aid of dictionaries kept on a mini flash card. A 16 by 2 LCD will allow for some level of feedback when not cabled to a computer.
a first round concept
We went through a few design ideas before landing on the very simple, soon-to-be-functional prototype seen below. the design is presently being vetted and critiqued at a national stenographer's conference Present plans call for this combination of bamboo case and aluminum keys custom-made for the off-the-shelf switches.
a first glimpse
Getting to this stage required some hacking on the original, plastic key caps. The posts were set free from the caps and then combined with the manually machined aluminum replacements in this assembly fixture. It worked well enough for proto purposes, but the final part will be a one-piece, aluminum key and post.
prototyping a keycap with an assembly fixture