A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:
Proof of Concept
Explorations that test ideas and functionality.
Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.
Looks like the final product, but is not functional.
Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.
Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
Thanks for everyone's support. We are not able to reach the Kickstarter goal, but we are still going to finish the product and bring it to you.
Intelligent scenario driven system with intuitive reminder system
Intuitive shortcuts reminder in different scenarios
Ergonomic design with wrist support
Storage compartment under wrist area
Intelligent scenario driven system
Imagine when you are watching a movie on your laptop at night and the backlit emits a pale glow below your screen, so you disabled it. However, you want to grab some snacks, go to the toilet, or change the screen brightness and volume, finding the right key to press can be a hassle. Curve intelligent scenario-driven system automatically illuminates only the necessary keys. Making it much easier for you to resume your movie.
As another example: say you are a serious gamer, a hardcore e-sport athlete. You want the most advanced equipment AND the coolest equipment. We designed curve for your every requirement: full-key rollover, 50M+ strokes, 1 millisecond response time, and compact layout so you can put it in almost every backpack. But more than the basics, the Scenario driven system gives you exponentially more powerful controls remind compare to all the rest of full-RGB keyboard in the world. In the gaming scenario, Curve also automatically disables windows key that might ruin your entire battle experience.
Curve adapts to the game you are playing: Taking all the non-essential key off your peripheral vision and illuminating those you need independently with different levels of illumination. It can seamlessly transition from one setup to another when you switch apps or games.
Curve is a dynamic extension of what’s displayed on your computer screen.
Curve helps you work too. Curve can automatically fit word, excel, photoshop, or any working software you normally use. Have you ever putting two or more windows on the top at the same time? Have you ever getting troubled with wanted to write in word but unexpectedly typed in a chatting software? Now, don't worry about it. The scenario driven system smartly remind you the window you are using.
Curve can help you find cursor faster. If you have two windows at the same time, SDS(Scenario Driven System) can improve finding speed by 30%, and improve more than 40% if you have three windows.
Not feeling so productive with a tedious keyboard in front of you? With 13 inches of illuminated key space, Curve can change the mood of your work space base on the program you are using. Instead of the vibrant and colorful feeling with entertainment programs, Curve shift to a calm and unified color scheme.
But wait, there’s more...
When you press ctrl + alt or any combination of function keys, Curve reminds you of all the shortcuts that can be used
Did you ever struggle with caps lock? Did you ever confuse with numbers and punctuations? Curve can intuitively highlight upper case character and shifted punctuation.
If you don't know what short cuts can be used, SCR（Shortcuts Reminder）can decrease your learning time by more than 80%, which means you can learn 5 times faster than just try them out or search online.
After you get familiar with the patterns, SCRcan increase your speed by 20% and decrease the typo by 10%.
For now, we support more than 200 software, which means when you use those programs, L app can automatically fit the scenario with short cuts reminders. By the time we deliver our products, we expect to have more than 800. And for those we don't have a default setting, L app will scan your software library and allows you to customize with categorized suggestions.
We are going to have an online community that allows you, the most creative and talented users, to share their profiles and settings with each other by the first quarter next year.
We are going to have an open API for more interaction. In games, it can give you an extra advantage by giving you cool down remind, blood remind, mana reminders, and more. Our API also allows each website to run like an individual scenario. We designed our system from the ground up, so that the reaction time is too less to notice. The response time of shortcuts reminder and caps lock reminder is less than 10 milliseconds, and the response time of API driven interaction is less than 40 milliseconds. And best of all, it does not give the heavy burden for your computer. Curve’s system only takes as much memory as a few text documents!
Every Key Serves a Double Purpose.
Other keyboards only have backlights on characters --- but when your finger is on the key, it blocks the backlit. So, all other keyboard’s backlit can only make the keyboard prettier, but they can’t be a reminder of your peripheral vision. Our full illumination keycap not only makes the keyboard cooler but also gives us the chance to make intuitive reminder really useful. With the scenario driven system, Curve can give you the extra advantage in games by highlighting gaming keys to reduce typos.
PC/PC+ABS materials allow the light to emit in an ambient way and makes the characters clear to read. This further distinguishes the characters. To compensate further, we have enlarged the characters on the keyboard to that the character areas emit more light.
The mirror-smooth character surface makes the letters and numbers clear even when the backlight is off. We have done so much effort to perfect the smooth touch feeling of characters on the keycap, that you won’t notice the micrometer difference in height but still feel the subtle change near the characters’ edge.
After years of research: the ergonomic design not only can fit different palms but also helps you type faster without effort.
First, let’s talk about how our muscle works.
If you want to train your muscle and get stronger, you should try to stretch your muscle as much as possible. However, when you are doing daily works, you don't want it to be so tired. Typing is the same.
If the vertical distance is shorter, you don’t need to stretch too much to reach numbers and function keys. The shorter traveling distance not only lets you type easier but also lets you type faster. You gain an extra advantage in games or high-speed typing.
Our advanced ergonomic design decreases the average finger moving distance by 5% (typing a few standard essays we found online).
The speed of typing numbers is increased by more than 10%.
Gamers usually think the keyboard response ratio is the most important factor for quick reaction. However, according to our research, more than 80 percent of the reaction time has been spent on finger stretch.
This means it can give you a lot extra advantage in games that require quick reaction especially for games that involve lots of numbers keys.
However, finger comfortability is not enough. Our research shows that more than 50% of injuries related to typing are from wrist pain.
Curve's typing response is awesome. We cooperated with TTC to produce two custom-made switches that are both comfortable to use and designed for maximum light diffusion. First one has similar response curve to the popular Cherry MX Blue switch, we call it “Staccato”. It gives a classical ‘click’ sound to the existing crisp tactile bump, providing a very satisfying typing feedback. Great for typing. The second one is similar to Cherry MX Red, we call it “Legato”. It’s a linear switch built with short actuation travel for ultra-speed and fraction-of-a-second advantages over your opponents in competitive gaming. The low resistance and quiet travel also make it comfortable for everyday use.
Besides our great ergonomic design, our switches also improves the productivity by having a quick response time(1ms) and good feeling.
Curve’s specifications are world class, and we use premium materials. We have tried our best to optimize every detail, such as refreshing rate, response latency, stability, or touch feelings. After years of development, almost all our features are the top standard of the industry.
Every curve or edge in the keyboard has been refined again and again. The purpose of the design is to let you see the beauty of our soul lines, and at the same time, feel the smoothness of excellent material brought you. The cable, type-c converter, and keycaps puller are very well designed and can be very good products in their own category.
About Color, Switches, and More ...
So far, we have 6 colors for you to choose: Silver, Gold, Ruby, Tiffany Blue, and Oxford Blue. Once we reach our funding goal we will send out a Backer Survey to get your personal choices on color and switch. During the funding period, we will also keep tracking the comments and email response, and make slight adjustments on the color choice, changing or even adding few colors.
Besides six standard colors, we have an Ultimate Black version (only available once we reach the $200k stretch goal), which has black keycaps and reconfigured illumination system to compensate the light variation.
$150k stretch goal: extra 2m Anti-tangle cable and a phone cable
At last, I want to talk a little more about our company, Light & Salt Interaction.
We did a lot of innovations in the last three years, but our job is not to make new products, our job is to make excellent and valuable products, which can be also very cool. Just like our name, if the light doesn’t illuminate the dark, if salt doesn’t bring us the taste, if we don’t delight the people around us, then why do we exist? And now we are very excited about our project, and we need your support to make it come true. If you do like it. Please back us and share it with your friends. Will you be the light?
Risks and challenges
We are a small group of only 16 persons, but we have teams working on both side of the globe: San Francisco, Beijing, Tokyo. While presenting the cool features of our product we also try our best to be transparent, honest and responsive. Anyone is welcome to contact us with questions and suggestions. We will try out best to answer 24/7.
Our prototype came out last year. We could have posted this project much earlier, but we knew we still have a lot to do in the manufacturing process. So, in this year we worked very hard with Chinese manufacturers, and indeed encountered many problems. Our cooperation with the manufacturers not only solved many problems we feared, but also improved our product in many ways we didn’t expect. Some changes very noticeable some changes subtle and under the shell, but they all serve one purpose: to break through the limits for an even better product.
Currently, we are implementing the advanced functionalities of the L-app, optimizing the keyboard software/hardware so that the refresh rate can even race the best in the market (thus giving you even more powerful lighting customization). Last few months, we have invested large amounts in the injection moldings and signing contracts with several manufacturers to make sure we can enjoy a smooth production even in the busy Q4,2017. Your response will inspire us to make Curve even better. Your contribution will help us keep moving forward and bring the project to life.
Delayed product delivery is very common on Kickstarter, we hate it just like any backer. That’s why we delayed our project launch date until we are confident. We aim for delivering all the product before Christmas Day 2017. Backers who choose Ultimate Black version may get delayed shipping compared to the standard versions. We will try our best to get a satisfying black paint in the least iterations and direct the research team on adjusting the black keycap light-scattering as soon as the stretch goal is reached.
Now, our product is on the way to small amount trial production, and we just need your support and feedbacks to make the final adjustment and bring Curve to our world.