John was out jogging last summer after seeing a particularly good picture of Apple's M0110 and how Steve Jobs eschewed the use of arrow keys in an effort to convince users to buy into the newfangled "computer mouse" concept, and also how the M0110 had influenced the seminal Happy Hacking Keyboard from PFU with its classic blocked lower left and right corners, and it just clicked in his mind that someone needed to bring this classic design into the 21st century as a premium custom mechanical keyboard.
He and community designer /u/janglad met through Reddit's /r/mechanicalkeyboards subreddit where Jan is known for producing high quality keycap set renders, and the two shared a vision for producing a no-compromises reproduction of the original, and so the Modern M0110 project was born.
We held an interest check thread on Geekhack in order to solicit user feedback (let us know what you think!), and will be running the group buy on Desk Candy and Clavier.xyz starting on June 29, 2018.
RENDERS by janglad
All renders by /u/Janglad (janglad.com). Contact him if you need some awesome keyboard / keycap renders!
Pictured above is the final production sample finished in a light sand Cerakote coating. Keycap sets featured are (in order): GMK Carbon, GMK 9009, EnjoyPBT Japanese, and SA Penumbra to give you a feel for various beige / retro inspired keycap sets on the M0110 in this finish. All photos were taken with natural light and no image post-processing was applied.
We brought this initial prototype up to the NorCal mechanical keyboard meetup in November 2017 and got a lot of positive feedback from the community. We still weren't completely satisfied with the machining quality so we went back to the drawing board to identify a few more improvements including moving manufacturing back to the USA where we could better control quality.