Industrial Design, Mechanical Keyboards
Building mechanical keyboards is a bit of a hobby of mine. The idea of the Tanuki was based on the desire to design a small form factor keyboard that uses standard size keys and can be build out of materials that are easy to get a hold of. The first Tanuki prototype was made out of materials I had lying around in my workshop and the design that followed is still based on that principle.
The Tanuki works as a full keyboard due to its split spacebar design. Tapping one of the two spacebars prints out a space. Holding it down switches the keyboard to either the number or the symbol layer.
The design is still a work in progress and the PCB for it is currently being made. Once it is complete the whole design will be open sourced on github.