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Kira - a compact, full-size mechanical keyboard built without compromise. Designed by Angelo Tobias and the team at Input Club.
Kira - a compact, full-size mechanical keyboard built without compromise. Designed by Angelo Tobias and the team at Input Club.
Kira - a compact, full-size mechanical keyboard built without compromise. Designed by Angelo Tobias and the team at Input Club.
1,682 backers pledged $405,471 to help bring this project to life.

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Kira Mechanical Keyboard

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Kira is the ultimate full size mechanical keyboard. Designed by Input Club and legendary keyboard artist Angelo Tobias, its unique RGB underglow and custom mechanical switches give you an unmatched typing experience. Kira is fully hardware programmable, which turns any key into a multi-function macro without active software.

Top Keyboard Features

  • Mechanical Switches
  • Per Key RGB Lighting
  • RGB Underlit Case
  • PBT Dye-Sublimated Keycaps
  • Fully Programmable
  • USB Type C

Backer Notes: All switch options are priced the same. You will select your switch type and color options after the campaign closes. Please contact support@kono.store with special requests and questions.

For a complete feature list, please view the end of this page.

 

Design Philosophy

Input Club’s keyboard engineering team designed Kira from the ground up to achieve sleek aesthetics, peerless build quality, and near-infinite customization options for its RGB-backlit keys. Kira is more than a mechanical keyboard. It’s a work of functional art; a beautiful, open source object backed by an entire community of enthusiasts. Kira is meant for people who accept only the best on their desk.

Kira On The Desk
Kira On The Desk

Efficient and Durable

Traditional full size keyboards are less space efficient than Kira, which packs all the keys you want into a condensed layout. Its custom keycaps use long-lasting, wear resistant plastic and a printing method that can’t be worn off. They also have a wonderful texture that won’t easily shine or show finger oils. This durable plastic, known as PBT, was proven in keyboards like the IBM Model M. Model M keycaps from the 1980s are still sturdy enough for continuous use today, even after decades of wear.

Dye Sublimated PBT Keycaps
Dye Sublimated PBT Keycaps

Engineered to Last

Membrane keyboards don’t offer the pleasurable typing experience that users have come to expect from mechanical keyboards. Color-coded mechanical keyswitches set Input Club’s mechanical keyboards apart from generic models. Each color corresponds with a unique tactile experience. With that in mind, you can choose the perfect switch for your ergonomic needs. Average keyboards can suffer from reliability issues and force typists to bottom out harshly, which isn’t helpful for long term use.

Input Club’s Hako switches—which our engineers designed—are smooth, self-cleaning, bottom out resistant, and deliciously tactile. They can also last for decades. In the unlikely event that a switch fails, or needs cleaning, hot swap sockets make removal and replacement simple. Every switch on the Kira can be replaced without a single drop of solder, completely changing how it feels.
 
In short, you’ll never forget that Kira is the proper tool for finishing serious tasks; it is all the more beautiful for being one.

Input Club Hako Switches
Input Club Hako Switches

Programmability 

Kira is fully open source. Its design files will go live on Github after we meet our commitments to backers. Input Club’s programming tools enable complete customization; all layouts and key combinations can be configured at the hardware level. Efficient layouts like Dvorak and Colemak are also within your grasp. Our easy to use online configurator doesn’t require programming knowledge or complex scripting. Its point and click interface is meant for everyone.

Our Team

Input Club is rooted in the keyboard community. We love to share switch measurements, photographs, and designs with our supporters. Our worldwide engineering team works to turn dreams, like the WhiteFox mechanical keyboard, into reality. We also collaborate with forum-based designers to bring new keycap sets and keyboards to life.

Social Media 

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Feature List

Mechanical Switch Options

We test mechanical switches from many companies all over the world and publish our findings in The Comparative Guide to Mechanical Switches. 

Top: Cherry MX Brown, Hako True, Box Red - Middle: Speed Copper, Hako Clear, Hako Violet - Bottom: Cherry MX Blue, Novelkeys Pale Blue, Novelkeys Box Royals
Top: Cherry MX Brown, Hako True, Box Red - Middle: Speed Copper, Hako Clear, Hako Violet - Bottom: Cherry MX Blue, Novelkeys Pale Blue, Novelkeys Box Royals
Note: All switch options are priced the same. You will have an opportunity to select your switch type after the campaign closes. Please contact support@kono.store for special requests.

Kira's USB Type C Connector
Kira's USB Type C Connector
More Features

  • 99 Key Condensed Full Size Layout  
  • Fully Programmable Without Active Software    
  • Per Key Configurable RGB Lighting and Underglow    
  • Cherry Profile PBT Dye Sublimated Keycaps    
  • USB Type C Cable   
  • Injection Molded Metallic Plastic or CNC Aluminum Case available in Silver or Black  
  • Steel Keyswitch Plate
  • Hot Swappable Switches (Removable without soldering)
  • RGB LED Side Indicator Lights    
  • N-Key Rollover    
  • Compatible with Windows, Linux, and Mac    
  • Open Source Hardware

Included Keycaps 

Here are the included keycaps along with accents.

Backer Notes

You will have the following options in this campaign: a fully assembled keyboard, a kit keyboard without switches, and an upgrade to a CNC aluminum frame. After the campaign closes, we will create a special page on Kono where you can select your case color and switch type.

Media Coverage of Input Club

Our products are frequently covered in the news. Here are some of the fine publications that have featured our work:

Crowdfunding Coverage

Several partners have helped us to get the word out about our campaign - here is a section devoted to featuring them:
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Crowdfunding.stream
    

 

Thank You

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this campaign a reality!

To Kyle Dykes and Cyrus Kowsari for a spectacular video.
To Alec Brasier and Katie Lewis for starring and for their awesome voice over work.   
To Joshua Chan and Rowan Decker for their acting prowess.
To Christopher Lord for his work on the video script.
To our Discord Community for their awesome support and encouraging feedback!

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Risks and challenges

We have designed and coordinated many group buys for keyboards and related products. We are paired with a storefront called Kono Store that has a full logistics and warehousing setup to make the production process as smooth and organized as possible.

In addition, this will be the first production run for Kira and will require new plastics tooling at our factory. This tooling will be very expensive, and we have not completed this specific sort of tooling before. The factory we selected for this project has been producing high end mechanical keyboards for many years and is up to the task.

Input Club supports other keyboard projects including the WhiteFox, K-Type, the Infinity ErgoDox and the Infinity Keyboard. We have just recently shipped out all the WhiteFox orders from our warehouse.

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