Any plans for Custom/Split keyboard layouts?

Hi, interested in Framework and the future they bring to consumer electronics.

As the title asks, are there any plans or concrete information about the possibility of bringing keyboard modules with a more custom layout than what is currently offered?

By this I am talking about layouts with keys at the thumb, split for ergonomics and more customization options. It is something that I think sorely is lacking in the laptop formfactor, and pushing it to an external device kind of defeats the purpose of having a laptop. It would definitely be a killer-app feature for some, myself included.

I understand the difficulty and niche of this issue, and looking at the community posts related to keyboard it seems that much is still needed to just get the base-system up to scratch with the competition. I just figured that it would be nice to get any information regarding this.

Best regards,
H

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That is actually a good idea. One could also place the numpad in the middle section!

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Yeah that was partly something it could be used for, I’d personally want macro keys that can be used to record/replay macros, almost like a hardware clipboard.

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Yeah, I would love this. An ergonomic keyboard layout with a macropad in the middle would be super cool, but I do wonder if that’d be possible since the ergonomic layout would probably take up more space due to how they’re usually shaped. With the limited space of the laptop, it would at the very least probably have to sacrifice the space that could be allocated to the macropad.

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I also want this, and have the same concerns. Just only, instead of a macropad, i would want a (touch) screen to show statuses, alerta and notifications. The programable keys for macros could also do the job if they could have minidisplays, so i could put icons and badges on the keys.

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Sounds like you’re asking for a mini stream deck kind of thing. That would be super cool and I would take that over a macropad any day.

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There would not be so much space to consider it as a mini Steam Deck, but yeah, it’s a way to see it :slight_smile: The main problem is keyboard layout, since the keys split is usually in diagonal.

My main point is about I HATE the expanded keyboards with keypad when having a laptop with a huge screen, that in a laptop force you to write sideways (specially if the laptop is in your lap :slight_smile: ). So a splitted keyboard would allow to have a more natural position, and being screen and keyboard aligned and centered with both your eyes and hands. And if we can make use of the blank space in the middle between both half keyboards to have some extra screen space, it is welcome :slight_smile:

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Just realized some people are already working on trying to make an ergonomic layout DIY Staggered Columnar Laptop Keyboard (Semi Ortholinear) [Prototype]

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I have never designed a keyboard but I did think of split keyboard as two modules, so that they can be placed on both sides, with the numpad or macro key in the center. But in the same vain, I had thought about said split keyboard having some form of tenting.

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Two modules is the obvious way to do it, but unluckily Framework 16 laptop don’t have the needed connectors in place to connect the right half :frowning: At least in a truly reusable / re-layoutable way…