The Atreus is a small mechanical keyboard that is based around the shape of the human hand. It combines the comfort of a split ergonomic keyboard with the crisp key action of mechanical switches, all while fitting into a tiny profile.
There's nothing quite like the satisfaction of typing on a keyboard you've constructed with your own hands. The Atreus DIY kit contains all the parts and detailed instructions you need to put together your own unique, handmade keyboard. If you aren't confident in your soldering skills, fully-assembled boards are available for a limited time.
The Atreus's Cherry MX Blue switches enjoy great popularity among keyboard enthusiasts for their precise, crisp action. Most keyboards use a layer of rubber to provide resistance under the keys, but each Cherry switch has a separate spring.
The Blue switches emit an audible click to let you know precisely when the switch has activated. For those who need things quieter, Cherry MX Clear switches offer similar tactile feedback without the click noise associated with the Blue switches.
Many other ergonomic keyboards offer a split design where each hand can be naturally positioned at a different angle, but nearly all of them use the typewriter-style staggering where each row is shifted over a bit to allow the striking arm to come up. To reflect the fact that the fingers of the human hand are of different lengths, the Atreus staggers by column instead. It also places more keys within the reach of the thumbs.
The case measures merely 26×12cm, and a fully assembled board weighs only 300 grams, making it easy to take with you. The small size means that your fingers never have far to reach, and it fits easily in your lap where your arms can stay in a comfortable, neutral position.
With a soldering iron setup, wire cutters, a brush for finishing the wood case, and a free afternoon, you'll be ready to roll. The detailed assembly guide steps through all that's needed to go from a kit to a working keyboard. Some soldering experience will help, but most mistakes can be easily corrected.
A series of articles in progress steps through the logic of the firmware step-by-step, explaining in detail how the keyboard works if you are interested in digging deeper.
Given that there are so few keys, there is a heavy reliance on the fn key, which switches to a layer containing a numpad and punctuation. The final layer contains function and arrow keys, but the firmware is open source and can be modified to do nearly anything.
10% of proceeds go directly to poverty-alleviation projects on the Thai/Burma border while the remainder goes towards supporting my family as we help organize these efforts.
Please note there is currently a delay sourcing some parts, and orders may not ship for several weeks.
Shipping within the US is $15 and varies internationally.