Thursday, March 8, 2018

Yes! I'm still here!

I see that it's been quite awhile since I posted to this blog. People tend to email me asking if I'm still making and selling stenomods. The answer is yes.

I'm currently making two types, the "classic"...

...and the "hinge"...

That last picture shows a hinge model sitting on a camera tripod. I'm not selling those.

Here is a hinge model folded up...

See? No tripod, just the keyboard.

Each model is being sold for $200 USD. Shipping in the US is $13.65 and in most cases, to other countries it's about $24 USD.

A stenomod only does one thing. It's a steno machine, not a qwerty keyboard. It only knows one serial protocol. It's meant to be used with Plover on your computer. Once Plover is installed and configured for TX Bolt protocol, it just works without any further configuration. If you don't already know about Plover, you should visit the Open Steno Project.

I hope this is helpful. If you have more questions, email address is so don't hesitate to ask.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Stenomod Changes

I'm finding 3D printing to be somewhat of a nightmare. Sure, it's a great way to make a prototype quickly. But to rely on it for manufacturing, even at the small-scale of the stenomod, is probably a mistake. The printer needs too much maintenance and baby sitting. If it quits working suddenly, what am I supposed to do?

Well, what I'm doing right now is starting to phase out 3D printing. I'm going back to using a drill press on the wood deck for the bottom part of the keyboard. For now I'll still make the top half with a 3D printer. Maybe eventually I'll have acrylic parts made for the top half, but for now I'm just minimizing the need to use a 3D printer, not eliminating it completely.

This applies to the hinge model as well as the classic. I've made a prototype of a wood bottomed hinge model for my own use. If I like it well enough in the next week or so, then I'll start making them all this way. I expect to like it just fine, by the way.

Here's what the prototype looked like as I put it together:

I used a drill press to make space under each solder joint so the PCB can fit flush to the deck and be well supported.

Now the PCB fits nicely.

The plastic top fits over the PCB, flush with the deck.

And finally the hinge is installed. In the prototype here I've used bolts that are a quarter inch too short, so the nuts don't quite fit. I'll fix that soon.

The classic model looks much the same, but I'm still using a 12 x 5 1/2 inch deck. For the hinge I'm using 3 1/2 inches wide instead. This older deck looks about the same, except now I'm using the drill press for all the cutting and not using a router at all.

I hope you like the change! It's going to make my life easier I think, even with all the drilling and lacquering. A drill press pretty much runs forever and needs very little maintenance. A 3D printer is something else entirely!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Back in business, again!

I'm working on getting ahead in inventory now. Ready to take orders anytime!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Taking another break

I'll be away from the office again for about a week and will be unable to fulfill orders during that time. I think I'll have email the whole time, so I'll be happy to talk to you about stenomods, I just won't be able to sell you one until after September 1, 2017. I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience. I'm hoping to be able to run without any significant gaps in service for a long time after that.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back in business

I'm back from vacation and slowly getting caught up with assembling stenomods. If you're ready to buy one, I'm ready to sell you one now, so let me know.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Out of Stenomods for the next week or so

I've run out of finished stenomods just as I'm about to take a week off for a family vacation. I'm happy to get your emails and answer questions, but I won't be able to take your money and ship you a stenomod until sometime after August 7th. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

A New Option

I'm calling it "the Hinge".

I discovered that a standard 3 1/2 inch door hinge fits almost exactly to join the two halves of a Stenomod. It makes a solid unit and allows tenting if you use something to support the middle, as I have in the picture above.

You can fold it up, as in this picture. You can also lay it flat pretty much just like the older version, and the distance apart is the same.

What's the disadvantage? Well, it's a little heavier, if that matters. You probably won't want to put it directly in your lap, because the middle falls down into a sort of negative tenting situation. But of course you can support it with something, a book for example.

I'm still going to offer the original version with the wood deck. They will both be the same price. So it's up to you to is decide which way you want it.

Like this?

Or like this?

Let me know your choice when you order.

$200 plus shipping, same as before.