Svalboard Lightly

A fully adjustable, anatomically-fitted production keyboard+mouse for those who earn a living typing.

You only get one set of hands - protect them.

  • Light + Tactile

    Lightly brings fifty perfectly light, perfectly tactile magneto-optical keys to your fingertips, with integrated pointing for completely hands-down operation.

  • Custom Anatomical Fitment

    The unique Svalboard fitment mechanism gives a perfect fit for any adult hand, accommodating finger length, fingertip size and palm size variation.

  • A legacy of innovation

    Like Datahand, Lightly attacks repetitive strain injuries at the root, letting you type longer and more comfortably with dramatically less effort than standard keyboards.

Perfect fit for any hand

Big hands? Small hands? Wonky finger lengths? Broke a pinky when you were three and now it's all janky? We've got you.

Individual 5-axis finger and thumb adjustability for natural hand posture.

3 axis palmrest adjustability for ultimate comfort and hand sizing.

1/4-20 mounting hardware for tenting, chair and clamp-on mounting using standard camera hardware

M5 screw inserts for tenting legs

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Light, small, tactile

No contortions, no reaches.

Fingers move just a few mm for any keypress.

Light 20gf magneto-optical keys reduce hand workload and fatigue by ~90% vs traditional keyboards, even "ergonomic" ones.

100% front-loaded force profile has a clean breakaway unlike anything else on the market.

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100% Customizable Layout

Built on the amazing QMK engine, with massive community support.

Default QWERTY, Colemak and Dvorak layouts included.

Remap keys, layers, macros, combos, and use tap-dance functions -- all without reflashing thanks to the magic of Vial.

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Inspirations

As a Datahand user of 20+ years, I can safely say that Datahand saved my career. I've tried everything over the years, and there's simply no comparison. When the company died, I was gutted. When one of my precious Datahand units got damaged during travel, I got serious about building a replacement.

It was around then I found out about @JesusFreke's amazing lalboard design.

Lalboard laid the foundation of basic key mechanisms which enabled Svalboard to come to life, but... it was not a production-oriented design. With my background in high volume consumer electronics and input tech development, I decided it was time for me to dive in and make it a reality.

Like Datahand. I hope Svalboard will help thousands of RSI sufferers like me enjoy a faster, safer, more precise, and most of all PAIN FREE typing experience.

Built for the Long Now

In the spirit of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, we're committed to a living design which can always be repaired, updated and modified by product owners.

All mechanical parts can be produced on a hobby-grade 3D printer, from SLA, or CNC'd from any material you like.

All pinouts are available if you want to hack your own electrical modifications, too.

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Robust and Maintainable

In the proud tradition of the Datahand, we've designed Svalboard to be robust, easy-to-clean, and repairable.

Unlike Datahand, Svalboard is totally modular, for easy repairs and modifications.

There are no electromechanical contacts to wear out.

Keys are easily removable for cleaning.

Did we mention you can make your own replacement/custom-fit parts on a hobby-grade 3D printer? 🙃

Wireless bridge capable

With a Bluetooth->USB adapter (~$40 at HandheldScientific) and any sizable USB power bank, you can run your Svalboard without wires between the keyboard and your PC -- perfect for chair mounting or lap-desk designs.

It ain't elegant, but it's pretty practical.

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Svalboard-QWERTY Layout

Only four letters change position: the center column reaches for T, Y, B and N move to inward motions of the middle and ring fingers.