I love what you are doing with this laptop, and it revived a hope I had for a very special configuration.
An easel touch screen with configurable Keyboard, num pad and touchpad…
Several years back, Acer created a unique easel laptop the Acer R7-572 15” touch screen easel laptop.
The value of the easel turned out to be way more useful than I expected, not only because of the ability to flip the screen or flatten the laptop in a tablet, but most importantly because of the ability to move the screen forward, making the laptop extra compact when working in small spaces like a plane or on the couch.
That was made possible because the Keyboard had been moved to the front, and the touchpad to the back.
What I (and all the people who fell in love with that laptop) found out is that when doing serious production work, I actually prefer a mouse to a touchpad, and when doing more casual work, the combination Keyboard Touch screen was all I needed. And so, I could pretty much always use the laptop in its most compact configuration, with the screen moved forward right above the keyboard.
Unfortunately, not enough people gave it a chance because of that touchpad being at the back, and the laptop did not survived.
The easel was brought back with the keyboard at the back by both Acer and Microsoft, but in that configuration, you lose the most useful configuration. When the screen is moved forward, you lose the keyboard and keep the touchpad, which is just not the most practical.
At the link below, you can see a 3D mockup of a version I then dreamed to bring back the easel laptop, using magnetic modular attachments for the keyboard, the num pad and the touchpad. I first created these in 2014, and recently refreshed them into a 17” screen size.
So naturally when I see what you did with the framework, it gives me hope
Here is the 2014 Online folder
And the latest 17 inch refresh
With your system, you could go one step further, by allowing the keyboard to be positioned either in the back with touchpad in the front for those you need that, or with keyboard in the front and either a num keypad, or a touchpad next to the keyboard as shown in the 3D renderings.
So here I am, suggesting you consider an easel version of your modular framework.
Thank you for listening