Update #16 - Kira has Arrived
We hope everyone has had a lovely holiday! There is some great news to be had - the first batch of Kiras have arrived at our warehouse in Utah and we are currently doing quite a lot of spreadsheet organization to get them checked in. Shopify has undergone a few changes since we initially built our system of converting Kickstarter orders into Kono orders (Kono is built on Shopify’s platform) and this has resulted in a few issues on our end. We have been working through the holidays to make sure that this process is as smooth as possible and we get the keyboards shipped out to backers as quickly as we can.
Realistically - this means that the earliest shipments should be leaving our warehouse in about a week. Approximately 800 keyboards are in this first batch, and we will be manually re-creating every order. If you are in the first batch, you will receive tracking for shipping details in the United States. As soon as the keyboard leaves the US, our ability to provide tracking is very limited. The first batch is mostly metal frame Kiras, with a variety of all the switches. Kickstarter backer order number will have absolutely no impact on who gets their Kira first, we are going to do everything we can to get every order out as fast as possible. No Kickstarter information was retained - everything we have is what exists on your Kono Store order, so if there is an issue please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do have some more awesome news about Kira - reviewers have started releasing their write-ups and they are incredibly positive! Chris Coke from MMORPG.net really loved his sample and had this to say, “It’s the best keyboard Input Club has ever released and a new high-water mark for the pre-built world. For gaming keyboards, it stands head and shoulders over anything the mainstream has released in my adult life.”
You can read the rest of his review here: https://www.mmorpg.com/hardware-reviews/input-club-kira-review-best-mechanical-keyboard-2018-1000013296
We also have been making huge advances in configurator updates and have a beta configurator ready for download. You can find it by going here: http://kira.click/kira-manual
The configurator is still in beta and we are constantly working behind the scenes to improve it. The updates we have made for Kira are also applicable to the other Input Club keyboards - the K-Type, the WhiteFox, the Infinity Keyboard and the Infinity ErgoDox.
We do plan on releasing additional firmware updates in the future and we would also like to remind everyone that this is an open source firmware that you can contribute to! A huge part of what makes Input Club projects superior to other keyboards on the market is that they are constantly improving and updating - they aren’t obsolete out of the box like most other keyboards :).
In the spirit of this - we’d like to showcase some of the cool things that people have done with KLL - the Keyboard Layout Language (the firmware that powers Kira).
Tetris on the Infinity ErgoDox - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ei7AJnqeVVE
Light Trails on the K-Type - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paRDBMZ_a4w
A full set of Infinity 60% animations - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3WTBnU69Y0
If you are interested in creating designs like these - please say hello in the Input Club Discord channel or on Github
Github - https://github.com/kiibohd/
Discord - https://discordapp.com/invite/WS65mtc
If you are interested in our other keyboards, we do have a current group buy for both the Infinity ErgoDox as well as the upcoming Gemini Dusk and Dawn keyboards - both of which are built using the KLL firmware.