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VEXC HOW DESIGNBy VEXC HOW DESIGN
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VEXC HOW DESIGNBy VEXC HOW DESIGN
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HK$ 51,372
pledged of HK$ 250,000pledged of HK$ 250,000 goal
19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, February 14 2019 7:39 PM UTC +00:00

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Thanks ezone, a Hong Kong IT magazine!
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I use keyboard quite a lot. I think I spend around 10 hours each day creating something and texting with friends. But the keyboard I use is not good enough. I always have wrist pain after a whole day of work being a Designer. Therefore, I look for different keyboards and find out most of them are not stylist, not functional and too heavy. I want to design a beautiful, portable, productive and comfortable keyboard. 

So this began the tale of Designer Keyboard.

Less pain, more fun!

Understanding that you work hard every day, your wrists, arms and hands are suffering. After 1 year of research and testing, we found out some features that are good for our hands, such as vertical key layout, wrist rest and 20 degrees of tenting. Specifically, split design keeps your wrists at a neutral angle. 

Having used the new keyboard, hardly can we use normal keyboards again. We believe you’ll be one of us when you feel the difference.

Smart and work faster!

Two-handed work style means doing two things at the same time (navigating and commanding) and without having to switch between keyboard and mouse. 

Unluckily, our right hand is often too busy. When we are using Autocad or 3D software, we use right hand to type keyboard, and then switch to use mouse for navigating and commanding. This just wastes so much time! 

We suggest using 3D mouse for navigating.  Let's try the Two-handed work style which is more efficient.

Perfect Match With 3D Mouse And Trackpad

We have designed a stand to match with Designer Keyboard. We call it “Pro Stand”. Now you can move your finger a little bit to use 3D mouse (navigating) and trackpad (commanding). This saves time to switch between different devices.

Programmable

Fully customised 8 layouts. You can change any keys you want!

One more thing

Left hand presses V and right hand holds cmd. Does it work? Of course! No problem!

Make it simple

We suggest 2-3 layers and customize shortcut for each software. For example, we customize F3(fit on screen), F4(zoom in) and F5(zoom out) at Photoshop. For more shortcuts, we can customize cmd+F1, F2, F3... or shift+F1, F2, F3... or alt+F1, F2, F3... something like that.

Great For

Separate Thumb Keys

Use thumb to hold 2-4 keys easily

Sometimes we need to hold the modifier keys and it makes us painful! In default layout, you can use thumb to hold 2-4 keys easily. Or you can also hold other keys you want.

Open Source Code

Thanks to Wez Furlong, who created the fully wireless ergo keyboard source code. Anyone can make an improvement and share new idea at the forum. 

Finger Position

It is different from a normal keyboard. You need to learn the new finger position for 2 weeks, but then it will change your life.

Find Your Work Style

Everyone has their own style, feel free to find yours!

Use anywhere, different devices!

Thanks to bluetooth 5.0, which connects via bluetooth on your mac, ipad and iphone. Designer Keyboard is small and lightweight, as well as perfect when traveling. You can use at home, office, cafe and anywhere. It means that you don't need to buy other keyboards. 

Magnetic USB charger, one cable to charge Designer Keyboard and other devices. Don't worry about no battery. In addition, hot swappable makes you easy to change the switches you want or fix it easily.

Bluetooth 5.0 

Go faster, go further, Low energy

Hot Swappable

Hot swappable makes you easy to change switches you want or fix it easily.

Magnetic usb charger

One cable to charge Designer Keyboard and other devices. Don't worry about no battery. 

Portable 

Small and lightweight, perfect when traveling.

When we started the design, we did not only design a keyboard. We tried to design a new work style and to match with other devices (3D mouse and trackpad). 

So we studied many ergonomic keyboards, such as Ergodox, Dactyl, Dactyl Manuform and 3Dconnexion Enterprise to study their strengths. At the same time, we have modified a numpad for functional prototype testing every day. 

We have created a lot of design in three parts: keyboard, thumb and wrist rest. And we have gone through a lot of testing models. We make each part better and better gradually. We share at keyboard forums and get their feedback for improvement. Of course, we must balance between function and aesthetics carefully. Making it simple and elegant. 

 Finally, Designer Keyboard is here!

VEXC HOW DESIGN has experienced completing interior design projects and producing furnitures. We understand that mass production is one of the challenges. Therefore, we have contacted many manufacturers to understand the production process and to negotiate a good price and process time. 

The good news is that we have found a good manufacturer! Foshan Huakai Moulds Manufacturer was founded in 2006 and headquartered in Guangdong, China. They have more than 10 years of experience. It is a professional manufacturer engaged in plastic production. 

 To make this campaign successful, we have focused on every detail from design to production during the past 6 months. We ensure that high quality will be the final product.

VEXC HOW DESIGN

We work at small and middle scales at all sectors. We try to create transformative, cultural, residential area and other spaces that people have not seen before.

VEXC HOW DESIGN was founded in 2018, headquartered in Hong Kong.

Vex Chow, Design Director

Cathy Chow, Marketing Manager

Vex Chow

Vex loves drawing since he was young. He studied Visual Art and Graphic Design at HKCC PolyU. His first job was a Sales which he felt so bored and that he must change! Therefore, he went to India alone for 40 days. This trip changed his life forever. He was touched by the architecture and realised his dream. Then he studied Interior Design himself and becomes a designer. 

Since he wants to improve further, he went to Paris for working holiday and also traveling around Europe and North America. When he was in Rome, he found out the answer for the future of architecture.That is Zaha Hadid and Suprematism. He wants to create incredible and beautiful things like the Eiffel Tower, which is his dream.

Creating beautiful, comfortable and productive keyboard is our dream!

Thanks so much!

Wez Furlong

www.bensound.com

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. 

vexc.how.design.01@gmail.com 

Risks and challenges

At the beginning, we wanted to design a keyboard only for us to solve hand pain and to work faster.
Understanding that others may also love design and keyboard, we create more than that.

We mainly have two challenges: design and mass production. Before launching the project at Kickstarter, we’ve made some prototypes of keyboard, gone through multiple rounds of design feedback with our partners, and agreed a detailed schedule. Next we contacted many manufacturers to understand the production process and negotiated a good price and process time.

We have done almost everything we can to get the final product on time and with good quality control. Making hardware is really hard, so if there is a problem, we promise to provide straightforward and transparent solution.

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