Just got to wondering what might be included in the new firmware from @waytools - and what might be included in the info they post in the update.
We know they are trying to get at least parity with the old firmware. We also know some things have been improved, such as how quickly it jumps or starts up (or both - I can’t remember the specifics they posted). Oh, and reduced energy draw on the battery.
We also know some things that are coming eventually. For example, they mentioned 12 jumps. Also more boundaries we can adjust. Plus the ability to edit special key positions such as shift, or to put modifier keys in other places. As well as the ability to put combinations of modifiers on a key, without needing to add a normal key to it. IOW, you could assign a key to be Command+control, but that’s it rather than the need to add a regular character to it as you do now.
Sooo, what I’m wondering is, will any of these things (or others I can’t recall) be included when we get the firmware sent to treg?
Now, before anyone gets all upset and says something like, “Don’t add more jumps now because that would delay things”, it (or some of these other things) may not delay things at all. After all, it’s a rewrite. Some things will improve as a natural result of that. Whether actually activating more jumps takes more time would depend on what is involved and whether the mere existence of more jumps can cause problems.
I think of it this way, just as a theoretical. Suppose you had a spreadsheet which had data for 6 sets of data, each on their own row. You may have something in the spreadsheet which will do something based on a particular row of data that you specify. The row you want may be put in a particular cell (let’s say “A1”) and the row numbers you can enter would be 2-7 (6 rows). So if A1 contains a “2”, the other part of your spreadsheet simply acts on the data in row 2. Now, in such a structure, what difference would it make if you added another 6 rows of data? It wouldn’t be any more complicated.
So, if this is how the jump slots on the new firmware work (not a spreadsheet, of course, but in concept), then you could add lots of jumps, limited only by available space and, of course, how you access them. Obviously, doing it the way they are accessed now is easy. Just press two adjacent keys. You wouldn’t want to get too complicated even if you have the space, so maybe slots 7-12 use the same chords, plus the space bar (green layer).
That’s just possibilities, my point is simply that they could activate 12 slots and it may have no impact on shipping. If it did, then I would certainly favor doing that improvement later! Same with any of the other things.
In any case, I’d like to know about these things.