Official Blog: Official Keymats!

May 5, 2009
Posted by: gruso

Who’s in the mood to see keymats? Real, mass production keymats? No? Don’t go here then!



  1. oh hurrah! fantastic to finally see some progress on these. i hope this transparent case is ok as i think that will really be when the delivery time drops from being 2 months away. i wonder how that board ordering went.


  3. Wow – first thought: that looks like the Speccy keyboard. (That’s a good thing for a retro gaming device)

  4. What an odd angle, must have photographed it upside-down (for some reason) then flipped the image.

  5. Should the ‘Y’ character be printed noticably higher up the key than any of the other letters?

  6. the D looks higher too

  7. Love the look πŸ™‚

  8. Looks very good πŸ™‚

  9. Does this mean we can cross item #2 (Completion of factory mold for keymat) off the list of things to be completed before Pandoras ship?

  10. LOL, a forum’s are down: no “AltGr/Compose flamewar” possible.

  11. %s/a forum’s/and forums/g

  12. WOO!
    “Shiny epoxy coating is not applied to these production samples. Surelly they will look better. We’ll share those pictures here very soon.” –The real blog

  13. Great news… the layout and the font seems to be good choices, too ;).

  14. High Y doesn’t matter. Mine will be swaped with the Z anyway πŸ˜‰
    First I was shocked because they are 100% rubber, no epoxy on it. But the official blog says the final product will have epoxy on it *phew*. So this is NOT THE FINAL PANDORA KEYMAT! πŸ™‚

  15. Font looks good – not as bad as original suggestions

    It’s a good thing forum still down otherwise some may have moaned about layout – I think it looks cool

  16. So Fn and FN lock are on the same key??? How does this work? With Shift??

  17. Anonymous: Hitting it twice probably..

    The Y looks out of place, nice besides that =)

  18. I was thinking it would be Shift + Function. I guess the order of key presses would be important though:

    Shift + Function = Function Lock

    Function + Shift = Caps Lock

    Or not? Who knows. Who cares? Not I. πŸ˜€

  19. HA! In your face keyboard-debaturs! It’s done!

  20. NOOOO! no Γ₯ Γ€ ΓΆ 😦

    well guess I need to map those myself.

  21. Lootic. Well, I wanted this layout: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Keyboard_Layout_Sanskrit.png

    I’m so disappointed!

  22. It was announced some time ago that it would be a plain English keyboard, with a compose key for special characters:


    …and it’s also possible that they’ll be making replacement keymats in different languages. ED was talking about doing some German versions at one stage. Don’t hold me to that though.

  23. I don’t know why, but the letters look photoshopped πŸ˜€

  24. Yay!

  25. Y and D look off, some others letters look a wee bit varied… but its awesome.

    Just thought ‘d repost this. If you use FriendFeed, get all Pandora updates. http://friendfeed.com/3994a4455ed343c68d02a70ba0983feb
    Am I missing any?

  26. EvilDragon sez:

    “Hm, true, the Y is higher than it should.
    Gotta check it out.

    Won’t delay anything, as it doesn’t affect the mould ;)”

    Thread: http://forum.openhandhelds.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=941

  27. Still. Its great to see the keymat after so long. But it’s still not done yet. Just need to fix the orientation of the Y and D(slightly) and put some epoxy over it and BAM.

    It’s done.

    Seeing things like this make me think it would be possible to get the Panda in Early July. But I am setting my hopes for Late September.

  28. Woo!

  29. That was unexpectet …I didnt expect to see it in 2009…but NIIIICEE

  30. AHH HIYEAH! awesome! look super extra dashing thrown in a pile! can’t wait to see them in shiny epoxy coating! (AND IN A CASE!)

  31. Looks clear and practical.

  32. Very nice ;o)

    Minor glitches (not layout-related):
    – too high : * as well as Y and D (already mentionned)
    – fuzzy : ~, Β΄ and `
    – I would replace brightness arrows by full triangles

  33. How bloody exciting it is to see real progress again! The keymats look great, and I loved seeing the pile of ’em. Implies mass production for sure!

    Heck, a few letters slightly out of place will actually make the first units more valuable, like a rare stamp!
    (I’ll take my Panda early with this first keymat, if anyone’s asking!)

    Yee haw! Now where are we at with the cases?!

  34. Wow, great!

    So many comments that I don’t even know what else to say, so: Yay!!! πŸ˜‰

  35. Noticed the ‘Y’ and ‘D’ being displaced too.

    The ‘J’ character is disproportionately large – as they’re all capitals.

  36. As for being all Capitals… that’s how every keyboard I’ve ever used has been.

  37. Oooh! Will they be glow in the dark soon? That’d be kickass…

  38. I meant “Will they be glow in the dark too?” I guess it’s because I was thinking “I really hope they say soon.”

  39. @ BackAssward –

    Of course they’re all capitals, my point was that this ought to mean they share the same height, but the ‘J’ character appears to be larger that all the others!

  40. 1 ) I would like to predict that this blog post will get the most comments of any other on this blog to date.

    2 ) What is the purpose of the section symbol over the ‘1’? I can’t recall ever typing the section symbol in my life. Is it common on British Keyboards? Does it have some special meaning on Pandora?

  41. 2) paragraph

  42. Great to see continued progress. Cudos.

  43. This keymat looks nothing like the friggin’ AC remote thing craig mentioned (remember?). Thanks GOD for that. This looks beautiful πŸ˜€

  44. You know, this is the most professional looking piece in the OP repertoire. Apart from the boards πŸ˜›

  45. Even if it is not printed, I hope a compose key will be implemented in software. Some way to access all western european characters could be convenient at times.

  46. Reminds me of the good old ZX spectrum, complete with the dinky space key!

  47. I’m glad someone spotted the oversized “J” (I thought it was too low but something else was nagging me – it’s too high AND too low because it’s too large!).

    The characters in general do not seem to have been placed very accurately. Y and D being the mnost obvious, with J being next and then… no, don’t look! As soon as you start LOOKING for letters being slightly off, G looks like it might be a bit high and… I don’t get how they weren’t laid out exactly the same size, exactly in line 😦

    Great to see it though, and great to see it otherwise looking so good πŸ™‚ I hope that the manufacturer didn’t have a good reason for wanting to modify the design.

  48. If you can fix the slight mispositionings then it’ll look great. I really love the blue for the secondary functions, reminds me very much of my Thinkpad keyboard, which is not a bad thing at all.

    Good job. Wandering what they’re going to look like with the epoxy coating on them.

  49. They’ll sort the keys out, don’t worry. “Polyroy” on the forums said this:

    “What seems to have gone wrong here is that they delivered the keyboard symbols cropped to the image inside, instead of having a consistent size. So, when you center each image on the center of the key, those with low heights (such as Y_) are offset to the center (as opposed to U*v for example). You can see this for almost every symbol, for example with G= and H`.”

    EvilDragon acknowledged it, and said it was an easy fix. The pics we’re seeing are just MP samples, and as Polyroy said, this is why you get samples. I agree with the people who want one of these ones though. It’s the type of quirk that screams First Edition. πŸ˜€

  50. wow lots of comments, must be because it was on the to go list πŸ˜›

  51. Why does the coating have to be shiny, though? shiny is bad! I like the current look.

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  53. Milan: I think it’s not just for the looks, but that epoxy coat will make the keymat more durable… here’s a link for more info ;):


  54. WOOT!

    What else is there to say? πŸ™‚

  55. Without the coating the keys will collect dirt like a magnet and wear very quickly. Glad to hear they will be able to sort out the positioning of the letters.

  56. Agreed the current look is very appealing, reminding one very much of the speccy “dead flesh” keyboard (as it was often called back then) but the shiny covering isn’t just to change the look of the keyboard towards mobile phone keys, it’s actually to act as a protective cover. Without that cover the legends on the keys would wear away just likem they do on many cheap keyboards (including my last mobile phone!). AFAICS there are only 2 ways to make “definitively” durable legends – and they are a coating like OP have planned, or having the legend “embedded” through the keycap somehow, rather like writing through seaside “rock”. The coating option has to be incredibly easier and cheaper!

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