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WhiteFox ♥ Kickstarter

WhiteFox ♥ Kickstarter

By now you should know that we were working hard to find new ways to release the WhiteFox.

Massdrop is a great platform with a huge user base but of course you have to compromise when dealing with big companies. BUT. The WhiteFox is our baby, Input Club and I felt that we couldn’t keep compromising and we needed a way to finally release our keyboard the way it was always meant to be.

So the time has finally come. We are releasing the WhiteFox our own, under our terms and with our very strict quality control. With Massdrop we lost control over the production process and we ultimately had to agree with certain company policies. This time the sky is the limit and hopefully with your help we’ll make the WhiteFox better than already is.

So. In less than an hour the project should be available on Kickstarter. While you wait let me illustrate the main difference with the previous releases.

First off the name of this new version is WhiteFox [Vera]. “Vera” means true, authentic in Italian, which seems appropriate.

Unfortunately only the True Fox layout will be available, as this is our first keyboard we are doing ourselves. We need to lower complexity and possible points of error especially in logistics. Bear in mind that we don’t have a huge company backing us now, so customer care and logistics is on us.

The recommended switches are the Halo True and Halo Clear. These are the most beautiful Cherry MX compatible switched ever created, designed by the overly talented and personal super hero Jacob Alexander himself. So with Vera you can not only benefit of the best custom keyboard layout, but also of the best custom switch. A standard clicky blue switch is also available and if you want something more exotic (green, gray, zealio, …) you can grab the “switch-less” option, but of course you’ll have to source and solder the switches yourself.

Stabilizers are now Cherry, mostly because they are easier to assemble. We had a lot of issues with Costar stabilizers in both production and assembly. I personally prefer the fragrance of Costar stabs, but we are playing it safe here, and have made sure that these Cherry stabilizers fit the keycap set perfectly.

The PCB has been updated to improve the design and solve small issues, particularly with static discharge. Together with an updated firmware we should be able to deliver a flawless experience.

The following is the NOT final list of keys that will ship with all WhiteFox Vera.

What about perks and stretch goals? Glad you asked. We have many ideas and at the top of the list there are special, new color options for the WhiteFox, but —and it’s a big “but”— we need to see how the Kickstarter campaign performs. If there’s a solid interest and we quickly reach our goal, there will be surely some pleasant surprise!

Nothing left to do other than wait a few minutes until the kickstarter page goes live. I even humiliated myself to the point of making a short video about this event. An edited version will be on the Kickstarter page, but this is the full shit, I hope you can appreciate the bravery :)

Video poster image

The WhiteFox shall run!

This is the post you didn’t want to read and the one they didn’t want me to write, but I owe you an update on the WhiteFox next drop, so here it comes. I won’t be able to tell you 100% what is going on, but please try to read between the lines.

Every marriage has its ups and downs and the WhiteFox is a menage a trois: Massdrop, Input Club, myself.

Massdrop is a huge platform. They are great people willing to release great products. They are probably doing more than any other company in this market and they are putting hard cash on the table, in advance, no question asked. Still, they are bullies.

Input Club is a small reality made by enthusiasts with a great vision. They don’t do it for the money or for the glory, they work on custom keyboards because they love them. They also believe in freedom of information, they release every of their creations under a very permissive open source license and in that we are kindred spirits. There’s something that I can totally relate to: you can’t ask an enthusiast to give up his/her work.

And then there’s Matt3o, your friendly neighbor. At this stage I’m mostly a spectator in this comedy. I created something that totally slipped out of my control and despite I imagined, named, designed the WhiteFox I have absolutely no saying in its future.

But you know what? I don’t care!

As long as we can keep improving it and releasing more of it, I don’t care who owns what. I don’t care if my name is before or after the others. I honestly don’t even care about the money, I just expect to be given what is fair so I can keep doing more things. Because it’s all about making more amazing stuff.

As of now we are in a sort of limbo waiting for people (all parties) to come to their senses and I’m a spectator as much as you all, guys.

So, when are we expected to see more WF?

I’m sure there will be more WhiteFox in our lives, I just don’t know when. The options are as follow: 1) the marriage is salvaged and we can probably have a new drop by the end of June; 2) we can’t keep working with Massdrop and we’ll try to manufacture the WhiteFox by some other means (kickstarter?!) pushing the next drop to the end of the year.

So from your point of view little changes. From my stand point, well, since all I want is to just make things, I will consider alternative ways for releasing new products in the future.

Sneak preview of the Black WhiteFox (aka NightFox)

Thanks for staying with me this far, stay tuned for more updates.

WhiteFox take two!

WhiteFox take two!

You never know when a WhiteFox is going to strike! Stealthy and deadly she comes unexpected and hits with no mercy.

Honestly I myself wasn’t expecting her for another couple of months, but –you know– you can’t really tell her what to do. She comes and goes when she wants.

So, I’m pretty happy to let you know that the WhiteFox is available again on MassDrop.

How does round 2 differs from the initial release?

First of all there’s no “WhiteFox Prima” laser etch on the bottom and it is not possible to buy the Jack of All Trades and Winkeyless layouts anymore.

Apart from that we just fixed the issues we had with the manufacturers and optimized the production process. Nothing relevant is going to change, so don’t worry.

The sad news is that we are not going to have a gold anodized case this time around no matters how much I begged for it.

If you get the DIY kit or the barebone remember to check the How to assemble your WhiteFox. It might save you some headache later!

How to build your WhiteFox

How to build your WhiteFox

I just got a final sample of the WhiteFox and it’s simply fantastic. The barebone kits will start shipping in a few days and I’m so excited to get your feedback. I hope you’ll like it as much as I do, it has been a long and exhausting endeavor but it was totally worth it!

Assembling the WhiteFox is easy but there are a couple of things you should be aware of so I compiled this quick how-to guide that will bring you to a safe build. Even if you are an experienced DIYer you might find some interesting pointers, so give this a quick read anyway. Let’s get started!

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WhiteFox: the making of

WhiteFox: the making of

The WhiteFox is the first A-grade mechanical keyboard I designed to be commercially available to the public.

In the last few years I worked on many iterations of the same compact layout and the WhiteFox is the result of the experience grown during a journey that actually started in 2013.

The WhiteFox

My first experiment was the SteelBeauty: a lovingly hand wired solid piece of steel powered by a Teensy development board.

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