For starters, 3 degrees was much too shallow, so it was increased to 18 degrees. Finger5 was also much too close to my lap / table surface. I hastily added those tweaks and printed out the second version to the right.
Changes to TestCut
The angle is now too steep so I'm going to try 14 degrees next. Finger5 is also too close to Finger4 so I moved that back to the same 20mm spacing as the other fingers. Finger3 was too deep in the trench, so the distance from the surface was brought up by 1.5mm.
Changes to a chunk of other projects
You see... I quite like this marble/granite block shape, and if you noticed, I've also liked the look of tiles (see #SecSavr Sublime [gd0036]#SecSavr Skyrise [gd0092] and it's the reason behind the name #T^2 Tiles [gd0095]). When using TestCut, it just looks like a diamond square (a square rotated 45 degrees), which is much less mentally stimulating than my mouse and keyboard. It has the same vibe of what windows look like usually verses a freshy washed and polished one.
This got me thinking. If #Tetent Timespy [gd0136] embraced more of that cuboid design, I could fit a larger display. But then, with 2 crisp, angular designs, things like Tetent and #Teti [gd0022] were going to look out of place.
So I tried deleting a few faces in Teti to see what solutions could be availabe.
I kept going, deleting more faces. I'll make relevant logs in the relevant projects, but eventually I stopped experimenting and settled on this:
Tetent may need a redesign anyway if I determine that Finger5 is actually a good addition. I've said it many times before: I don't want to learn 2 layouts. This means I don't want to be switching what tasks the thumb is doing just because there isn't a Finger5 Tetrinsic in the design.
The thing is, I've also been imagining what an updated #SecSavr Suspense [gd0105] concept would look like the past month and a bit while I've been designing Tetent 'n' co. I was imagining it'll just look like a large, wide block... actually let me just model an image really quick.
For the Suspense, that would be some sharp-edged marble box with black glass surfaces on the doors:
This look is also similar to the GUI ideas I've had floating in my head for things like #SecSavr Sol^2 [gd0045], and even my kelvinA logo has a bunch of 90 degree bends so it seems that Me In The Past was close to realising I should persue a new design language sooner or later.
So I was wondering how best to arrange the #Tetrinsic's [gd0041] and decided on going for a vertical keyboard that sat in my lap (which is the current location of my not-so-temporary temporary keyboard as I write this very log). I soon determined that a 90 degree arm-to-arm angle was a good initial ball park estimation. I just didn't know how I was going to get that carved-out-of-marble shape, whilst still having some level of portability and aesthetic. It didn't have to fit in #Teti's [gd0022] compartement but I still wanted to be able to put it in a backpack nicely.
I was thinking of something that looked like a smaller, thinner version of Teti's overall shape and having the Tetrinsics unfold out from a vertical wall into a tented position. I thought that was too complex for what is essentially a not-so-temporary temporary Tetent, and Teti doesn't have any crisp low-poly corners in its design language.
The next idea was a cuboid but with the bottom face angled a few degrees for more comfortability. I noticed that the XYZ were approaching the same value and so I just made it a cube and really liked the inital look:
Another idea that may be more applicable to me would be (motorised) ankle wheels. Here, the mapping of Finger1 (the thumb) will move to Foot1 and the thumb will have the same map as the other fingers. #TEOSS [gd0037] already needs this stuff anyway so I can just add "Tetent Integration" to its specification, but I feel that a simplified "ankle Tetrinsic" would only cost slightly more than a normal Tetrinsic. I'm still not sure about having to think of 8 characters in advanced along with a slight leyout alteration, but its a potential way to get more of my body moving while sitting at a PC and faster 1 handed typing when using the Timespy with TEOSS. There'd be a max force threshold where input would be ignored, implying that the user is standing up.