Kickstarter is useful for a lot of things. It is a site which opens up infinite avenues for endeavour and possibility. The usages for the site are endless and it isn’t surprising to find some little projects dedicated to mechanical keyboards or just keyboards in general. However, there isn’t as much notice given to keyboards as maybe there should be.
Some of the projects are a little surreal, such as the greatly named ‘THE KEYBOARD WAFFLE IRON’ which are kind of a side-project that are in some way or another, related to keyboards, but still amusing to the average consumer such as myself. On the other end of the spectrum, you have the very serious and cleverly promoted and funded projects such as Das Keyboard’s 5Q – ‘The Cloud Connected Keyboard’, which comes from a reputable company and (in theory) a good idea, but to some people, it appears nonsensical and weird.
As a principle, the idea of crowdfunding is clever and in some ways, it can be very useful to put out an idea. It works differently to anything else and can really help generate funds. In the case of some keyboards, funding goals have been smashed (Das Keyboard’s Cloud Connected ‘5Q’ needed $100,000 and received $580,902) and this shows that crowdfunding works as a principle. Also, one of the main ideas in the keyboard industry that came to my attention was through Kickstarter: The ‘Wooting One’ – The World’s First Analog Mechanical Keyboard – one of the best ideas I think that has come of late in the keyboard market. The inclusion of the analogue switches changes the way that gaming keyboards of the future will work (hopefully) and it makes them more like the analogue triggers of an Xbox One controller for instance. Related to this is one of my newly found discoveries, the PROTEAN – The World’s First Reactive Gaming Keyboard that changes the way that PC gamers think and play the game. This all does come at a price though, the Wooting One costs around £143.50 and the Protean costs around £100 (a tad more reasonable, but for a slightly weirder product). Hopefully, these two devices revolutionise the gaming keyboard sector for the better. This proves that Kickstarter can (and hopefully help) start a keyboard revolution!
On the subject of crowdfunding, there are also numerous sites that offer the same service, or the same principle is applied. Some manufacturers even post it on their own websites, such as Carpe Keyboards. Carpe decidedly did this with the miniscule ‘JD45’ and charged the ludicrous price of $239.99 for a seemingly useless product. Nonetheless, the idea of crowdfunding, whether it be Kickstarter or another similar site, it still works as a fantastic platform for any idea that people have.