The new mechanical keycaps will have a “microkey” and a “mackey”, as opposed to the “double-joint” keycap that’s used on the original mechanical keyboards.
It will be manufactured by Kogod.
The company is making these keycaps to meet the demand for keycaps that look like the mechanical ones, says Robyn Worsley, head of the Mechanical Keycap division at KogOD.
“With our new keys we’re making them in a way that looks like the original but feels like the modern mechanical,” she says.
The keycaps look similar to those on the Cherry MX switch family, but are made with “microkeys” and “mackeys” that are small and small and tiny, she says, and the “micro” is a bit larger than the “mac” on a regular keyboard.
“These are the small keys that can be very responsive and they can be quite light, so they’re a good alternative for people who are looking for something a little more tactile,” she explains.
The microkeys and the mackeys are made by the Kogodo team, with help from the Kooko company, which makes the rubber switches.
The keycaps are printed with a customised rubber that is coated with a special type of adhesive.
“We wanted to create a set of tactile switches that would feel and feel good,” Ms Worsleys says.
Each of the four microkeys has a different tactile properties and will have different tactile settings, meaning they can respond differently depending on the user’s position.
“You can press one of the macro keys to get a macro effect, and then you can press the other macro key to get the same effect as a full-on macro,” Ms Ting says.
“It’s a little bit like the physical feel of the keypad,” she adds.
“It’s just a bit more tactile.”
A macro key, like the “f” key, is used to move the cursor.
The new microkey can be used to access a menu or other areas.
The “mac key” is used for the same purposes.
The new keycaps can be purchased separately for $35, while the traditional mechanical keys will cost $130.
“The tactile experience of a mechanical keyboard is very important to us,” Ms Kogoda says.
“This is an incredibly simple mechanical keycap, so it’s a really good compromise.”
The new mechanical keys come in two sizes: 1.5mm and 2.0mm.
The 1.6mm one will be available in blue, silver and black.
“Our keycap design is very similar to that of Cherry MX switches, and that makes it a very natural match for a keyboard that’s also a mechanical one,” Ms Parnell says.
Cherry MX switches are used in many other mechanical devices, including keyboards, mice, trackpads and other devices, such as the keyboard for the Oculus Rift headset.
Cortana’s new mechanical keyboard will be similar to the Cherry keys, but it will be slightly different in design.
“When we’re talking about a keyboard, the key layout is the key itself,” Ms Gatt says.
There are many mechanical key layouts, but the Cherry switches are one of only a few.
“They’re designed to be a great alternative to the traditional Cherry MX keycaps,” Ms Matson says.
Both the 1.0 and 2-way microkeys have a single, narrow groove that is shaped to fit over a keycap slot, and each of the microkeys will be a “double key” as opposed a “single key”.
“These will have the same tactile feel, but they’re very different, so we’re trying to make them very close together,” Ms Burch says.
These keycaps were made by Kookod, with input from the Cherry team.
The company is now using Kogodeks design as the base of its new mechanical keyboards, but Ms Pannell says it’s not clear whether the keycaps from KogoDot are used as the bases for the new mechanical switches.
The Cherry MX keys can be pressed together, or pressed separately, depending on whether the user wants a single or double key, and they both have the standard function of moving the cursor, which is keyed by a switch.
“That’s very useful for a lot of users who don’t have a lot to do, but want to be able to quickly navigate,” Ms Nunn says.
Another key to the new design is the placement of the thumbprint.
Each keycap will have its own small thumbprint on the side that connects to the bottom of the keyboard, and this can be rotated so that the thumbprints look like those on a keyboard.
The thumbprint can be adjusted to look like an arrow, and when it’s rotated 180 degrees, it will also look like a