Imperf3kt wrote: ↑
Sun Jul 21, 2019 10:27 pm
What research goes into licensing an existing product (that had been refined over decades) and incorporating it into your own?
If one has a hub, keyboard and mouse, it appears it should be an easy job to simply rearrange things to create the integrated product one wants. Makers with dremmels and soldering irons do that all the time.
I would guess R&D wasn't only in electronic design, circuit layout, but in making it a commercial product which would deliver return on investment. That extends from look and feel, optimal keyboard layout, to making things sturdy and robust while embracing 'design for manufacture and assembly' and optimising costs.
And things like getting colour right, the contrast of colours, can take an inordinate amount of time. I imagine there was further debate on how it looks; the smaller "]" and "#" keys, how it works with other language layouts, the cursor key size and layout, what key-cap font should be used, how lettering should be positioned, silk-screened or multi-colour moulded, where the LED's should go, what colour they should be, how bright.
Designing injection moulding tools is an art form in itself, maximising strength against minimising material and getting the weight and balance just right.
https://howchoo.com/media/ow/m5/m2/offi ... led-l.jpeg
It all adds up to a lot more than one might expect.