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$133,018
pledged of $500,000pledged of $500,000 goal
740
backers
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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Apr 23 2018

About

HUB profile keycaps are specifically designed for the modern enthusiast and end user.

A complete and accessible keyset produced using double shot injection molding - we ask for your help to address the costs of tooling the molds.

Keyboard enthusiasts know that keycaps are a crucial component in the customization and overall feel of the user experience. Availability and accessibility of a high quality product, however, is currently limited.

We mean to change that.

We heard your feedback! All colorways will be available for all reward tiers. Selections will be made and confirmed at the completion of the campaign!

HUB Profile (direct metal laser sintered) prototypes
HUB Profile (direct metal laser sintered) prototypes

Critical Points 

  • Double-shot, injection molded, ABS plastic
  • High quality molds, thick walled
  • Comfortable profiling and sculpt

In 2007, humanity reached a milestone with text being the most used form of communication, surpassing voice.

Whether for communication or entertainment, school or work, typing is fundamental and the keyboard is integral to our day-to-day experience. Yet while clothing or cars fit varied tastes like second nature, customizing an essential part of our lives—the keyboard—has somehow been overlooked.

Until now.

MiniVan / Tablet combo breaker
MiniVan / Tablet combo breaker

We believe in having a choice in the way our keyboards look and feel. A progressive typing sensibility requires both quality and imagination from the mechanical keyboard format.

A MiniVan keyboard with double-shot key set
A MiniVan keyboard with double-shot key set

A full set of affordable keycaps with sharp attention to detail, design, and short turnaround time is our objective. After designing from the ground up, specifically for the avant-garde typist and user, we are able to pass on the benefits of more keycaps and lower prices.

HUB prototypes on the BananaSplit 60% keyboard
HUB prototypes on the BananaSplit 60% keyboard

We are extremely fortunate to partner with veterans in plastic engineering who have expert knowledge on everything injection molding from a wide array of backgrounds such as Mattel, Apple, and the aerospace industry. And while maintaining manufacturing in the United States is not an industry standard, we find that doing so has benefited us with more efficient communication, creative troubleshooting, and higher quality control. We couldn't be in better hands.

Kickstarter funding will allow us to assert the cost of tooling the molds for a keyset which will cover nearly every standard and community keyboard with a single, low-priced set. With little to no queue or overhead after mold production, we envision a surge in creation from the community, bypassing long waits and prohibitive cost scaling.

The funding from this campaign addresses tooling, materials, production, packaging, storage, and shipping.

We are obsessed with keyboards and anything to do with them. If you're reading this, we think that you might be, too.

WE have heard a ton of feedback and are updating the Gallery link with each individual set color map and renders as they finish. Thanks for all the communication!

Our initial run of 12 colorways share a common palette, ranging from our own popular previous runs with other plastics companies to reimagined versions of community favorites influenced by classic typewriters and terminals. Ensuring the utmost quality of the palette was our top priority, so that produced sets can be mixed and matched to create even more personal creations, thus maximizing value and creative potential.

(click) HUB color combination layout generator
(click) HUB color combination layout generator

 ORTHO EDITOR HERE

KIRA EDITOR HERE

HUB palette
HUB palette

ALL SETS INCLUDE ALL OF THE KEYS.

The typeface developed is based heavily on the Grotesque family, giving nods to the keysets from the past that hold a place in our hearts. The icons are based on Unicode in its earlier stages and are designed to be versatile with the popularity of repurposing keycaps to different locations on a keyboard. We hope that the detail and attention helps us to have a strong base to work from while move forward toward the future.

Just as important as any part of a keycap is the sculpt and profile. This affects the way your fingers feel when you type, how your hands feel while resting, and how the board looks as a whole. Thin keycaps, for example, can produce unwanted noise or feel flimsy.

The design of HUB drew from the classics and we refined them for the contemporary typist and keyboard enthusiast. Taking inspiration from the aesthetic shape of spherical styled caps, yet giving them a comfortable profiling to type on, was a necessity. Several iterations later and after hundreds of hours of testing and everyday use, the final equation is now prepared for production.

PROFILE ILLUSTRATIONS

PROFILE RENDERS

A NEW VEHICLE FOR TYPING.

Backers who choose a reward tier including a keyboard will receive our classic MiniVan keyboard, updated for a new generation of typists with hot swap sockets, and our cnc milled aluminum case in silver. These completely eliminate the need for soldering —meaning you can snap in whatever switches you please and be happily typing in minutes. Interface with any device, your personal preferences are stored on board.

Installing a key on a MiniVan
Installing a key on a MiniVan

But what is a mechanical keyboard? Why does it matter? 

A mechanical keyboard uses a mechanical switch, illustrated below. The connection made within the switch completes a circuit and sends a signal to the device connected. The benefit of a mechanical switch is that it is highly customizable in terms of feel and travel. The benefit of a programmable mechanical keyboard is that you can personalize it, right down to the key.

After all, it is YOUR keyboard.

A custom mechanical keyboard will almost always include some form of the following components.

Modern keycaps in customizable keyboards feature a friction mount system, where the cap is pushed down onto the slider/stem so that it may activate the switch. 

Typing is a physical experience

A keyboard is a tool, but also a toy. From writing messages, online shopping, keeping in contact with friends and loved ones, creating art, obtaining directions...the things we accomplish every day on a keyboard are endless.

If an imaginative keyboard experience speaks to you, you’re in the right place! We would love to have you join us in the creation of something special, so hop on for the ride! We are incredibly grateful for your enthusiasm to help make this vision happen for all of us who, like you, already enjoy the world of keyboards—as well as for those who have yet to discover it!

Type happier.

SINTERED PROTOTYPES

HUB MINIVAN (ISO/JIS ENTER) PROTOTYPE


HUB 60% PROTOTYPE 3

Our products and projects have been featured on...

 HUB @ thevankeyboards.com

Risks and challenges

We here at TheVan Keyboards have extensive experience in prototyping, production, packaging, and shipping.

Sometimes production can present certain challenges along the way, such as color matching or packaging streamlining. Fortunately, successfully managing these issues has given us the experience and confidence to grow in this exciting new path.

Our priority is providing the highest quality product and making sure that our supporters are satisfied.

We have dedicated all of our time to take care of the hard part. We ask for your help to help us achieve the funding to complete it. Together we can make this a reality and change the way we all type. Arrangements of colors are subject to slight adjustments (not sacrificing aesthetic cohesiveness/quality).

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    Gas money!

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    Pit Stop

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    80's Kid

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    3 Month Roadtrip

    Your choice of one of the following set packs

    SET PACK 1
    80's Kid
    Heart
    Hive

    SET PACK 2
    Skidata
    Nuke
    Royal

    SET PACK 3
    Midnite
    Miami
    Laguna

    SET PACK 4
    Paperwork
    Dreamweaver
    Joker

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    3 Month Roadtrip

    Your choice of any colorway for each of the 3 sets.

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    Heart
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    Joker

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    MiniVan

    80's Kid
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    All 12 sets of key caps!

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    Skidata
    Midnite
    Paperwork
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    Miami
    Dreamweaver
    Hive
    Royal
    Laguna
    Joker

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    Fully Set

    MiniVan

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    Joker

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    Hotswap MiniVan and 12 Sets

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    MiniVan (gold plated)

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    Limited edition poster and sticker pack

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    Hotswap MiniVan (24k gold plated) and 12 Sets

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Funding period

- (60 days)