CRKBD Build with Holy Panda Switches and an IMK Case

If you’re a fan of mechanical keyboards, you know that the switch type and case can make a big difference in the typing experience. In this post, I’ll share my experience building a keyboard with lubed and filmed Holy Panda Invyr switches on an IMK Corne case.

Holy Panda Invyr
Holy Panda Key switches on an IMK Corne CRKBD

What are Holy Panda Invyr Switches?

Holy Panda Invyr switches are linear mechanical switches with a smooth, consistent actuation force. They’re known for their smooth travel and satisfying spring sound, making them a popular choice among keyboard enthusiasts. In addition to the smooth action, the Holy Panda variant of the Invyr switch is known for its slightly heavier actuation force and a more pronounced spring sound. Lubricating the switches can make a big difference in the feel of the keyboard, and adding a switch film can help to further reduce friction and improve the overall typing experience.

Building the PCB:

  1. Start by gathering all of the necessary components, including the PCB, diodes, switches, and keycaps.
  2. Place the diodes on the PCB, making sure that the black stripe on each diode is facing the same direction as the stripe on the PCB silkscreen.
  3. Next, place the switches in the PCB, making sure that they are oriented correctly and that they snap into place.
  4. Once the switches are in place, you can install the keycaps onto the switches.
  5. Finally, you can connect the PCB to your computer using a USB cable, and use the QMK firmware to customize the behavior of your keyboard.

Keep in mind that these are just general steps, and the specific assembly process may vary depending on the specific PCB and components you are using. If you need more detailed instructions or encounter any issues during the assembly process, you may want to refer to the documentation provided by the manufacturer or seek help from an experienced keyboard builder.

Have LEDs?:

If your Corne Keyboard PCB includes LEDs, you will need to install them during the assembly process. Here are the general steps for adding LEDs to a Corne PCB:

  1. First, gather the necessary components, including the PCB, LEDs, and resistors (if required).
  2. Locate the designated LED pads on the PCB. These are usually indicated by small circles with “+” and “-” symbols next to them.
  3. Place the LEDs onto the PCB, making sure that the shorter leg of the LED is aligned with the “-” pad and the longer leg is aligned with the “+” pad.
  4. If your PCB requires resistors, place them onto the PCB according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Once all of the components are in place, you can use a soldering iron to attach them to the PCB by melting a small amount of solder onto the pads.


Overall, I’m really happy with the way my keyboard turned out. The lubed and filmed Holy Panda Invyr switches feel smooth and satisfying to type on, and the IMK case corne PCB is a great platform for customization and experimentation. If you’re interested in building your own keyboard, I highly recommend giving these components a try.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

Corne Keyboard – The Perfect Keyboard for Gamers and Typists!

Hey everyone! I recently picked up a Corne Split Keyboard and I’m loving it so far. For those unfamiliar, the Corne is a mechanical keyboard designed by Foostan. It’s meant to be more ergonomic and comfortable to use than traditional rectangular keyboards.

One of the things that really sets this keyboard apart is its customizable RGB LED lights. You can choose from a wide range of colors and patterns to suit your style. I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with different lighting setups.

In terms of the actual typing experience, I decided to go with “lubed” Holy Panda key switches. These linear switches are known for their smooth and responsive feel, and they definitely don’t disappoint. I’ve been using the Corne for both typing and gaming, and the Holy Pandas have been great for both.

The Corne Split Keyboard has gained a lot of popularity among mechanical keyboard enthusiasts due to its unique design and customizable features. If you’re interested in learning more about the Corne, there are several resources available online that can provide additional information and reviews.

One great place to start is the official Corne Keyboard repository on GitHub, which includes detailed documentation on the keyboard’s design and features. You can also check out the r/Corne subreddit, where users share their experiences and tips on using the keyboard.

Additionally, there are several online stores that sell the Corne Keyboard and its components, such as and These stores often have a wide selection of key switches and other customization options available for the Corne.

Flashing your Corne Keyboard Using QMK

To flash custom firmware onto the Corne using QMK, you will need to have a few tools and components ready. These include a USB-to-serial adapter, a soldering iron, and a computer with the QMK toolkit installed.

Once you have everything set up, you can follow the instructions on the QMK website to compile and flash your custom firmware onto the keyboard. Flashing custom firmware can be a bit technical and time-consuming, but it’s a great way to fully customize your Corne Split Keyboard and make it truly your own.

Home Assistant – 5 Ways It Can Save You Time and Money

Home Assistant is a powerful, open-source home automation platform that allows you to centralize and control all your smart home devices in one place. With Home Assistant, you can easily automate tasks and routines, set up custom triggers and actions, and monitor and control your home from anywhere.

One of the biggest benefits of using Home Assistant is the time and hassle it can save you. Imagine being able to turn off all your lights, adjust the thermostat, and lock your doors with just a single command. Or setting up your coffee maker to start brewing as soon as you wake up in the morning. The possibilities are endless, and the time and effort you save add up quickly.

In addition to the convenience factor, Home Assistant also helps you save money by allowing you to monitor and control your energy usage. You can set up alerts for when certain appliances are left on, or create automated rules to turn off devices when they’re not needed. All of these features combine to create a more efficient and cost-effective home.

In short, Home Assistant is a must-have for any smart home enthusiast. It’s easy to set up, constantly evolving, and will save you both time and money in the long run. Give it a try and see for yourself the benefits it can bring to your home!

Here are some of the ways Home Assistant Can Help You!

  1. Automate tasks and routines: Home Assistant allows you to set up automated tasks and routines, such as turning off all the lights and locking the doors when you leave the house, or setting your thermostat to a more energy-efficient temperature when you’re not home. This can save you time and effort, as well as reduce your energy usage and lower your bills.
  2. Control and monitor your home from anywhere: With Home Assistant, you can control and monitor your smart home devices from anywhere using your phone or computer. This means you don’t have to physically be at home to make adjustments or check in on things.
  3. Set up custom triggers and actions: Home Assistant allows you to set up custom triggers and actions based on a wide range of variables, such as the time of day, the weather, or the location of your phone. This can save you time and effort by automating tasks that you might otherwise have to do manually.
  4. Receive alerts and notifications: Home Assistant can send you alerts and notifications when certain events occur, such as a security breach or an appliance being left on. This can save you time and money by alerting you to potential problems before they become serious.
  5. Monitor and control energy usage: Home Assistant can help you monitor and control your energy usage, allowing you to see which appliances are using the most power and setting up automated rules to turn off devices when they’re not needed. This can help you save money on your energy bills and be more environmentally friendly.

Here’s an example of an automation you could set up with Home Assistant:

Let’s say you want to turn off all the lights and lock the doors when you leave the house in the morning. Here’s how you could do that with Home Assistant:

  1. Set up your smart home devices (such as smart lights and a smart lock) in Home Assistant.
  2. Use the “Automation” feature in Home Assistant to create a new automation.
  3. Set the trigger for the automation to be when your phone leaves a specified location (such as your home).
  4. Set the action for the automation to be turning off all the lights and locking the doors.
  5. Enable the automation and test it to make sure it’s working correctly.

Now, every time you leave your home, all the lights will automatically turn off and the doors will automatically lock behind you. This can save you time and effort, as well as provide an added layer of security for your home.

Top Ideas for Home Automation

  1. – This article by CNET lists 10 smart home automation ideas, including automating lights, thermostats, and security systems.
  2. – This article by Digital Trends offers a variety of smart home automation ideas, including using voice assistants to control appliances, setting up automated schedules for devices, and using smart plugs to control non-smart devices.
  3. – This article by The Spruce provides smart home automation ideas for various rooms in the house, such as the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Ideas include automating lighting and temperature control, as well as using smart home devices to monitor air quality and energy usage.
  4. – This article by PCMag lists the best smart home devices across various categories, including security, lighting, thermostats, and more. The article includes recommendations for automation ideas and specific product recommendations.

Throwing the DJI Drones in the Air!

Today we’ve got my Dad’s DJI Mavic Pro and My DJI Mavic 2 Zoom getting ready for their flight today. Starting things off by going over our flight plans and safety procedures. In my younger years I’d go flying with my Dad out in Castroville. I never got a chance to fly with him due to my inability even pilot an RC car let alone small aircraft.

DJI Drones Preflight
Mavic Pro 2 on left and Mavic Pro on right

Well now we have DJI Drones and don’t need to go to the flying field like we used to be required to do 20+ years ago. The irony in it is now I am teaching him how to fly a drone. Which btw after 35+ years of flying Remote Controlled aircraft he was still flying the Mavic Pro like it was a plane!

RC Planes back then didn’t really have any of the safety devices and or assisted flying modes. If not all of DJI drones have the ability to fly with GPS lock allowing the pilot to focus on getting better video. Or even providing a more stable aircraft for first time pilots to fly.

Check out more Mavic 2 Zoom Photos Here!

Boerne’s Natural Wonderland: Unveiling the Enchanting Cibolo Nature Center and its Captivating Ecosystems”



Welcome to Boerne, Texas, home to the captivating Cibolo Nature Center. Nestled in this picturesque town just a short drive from vibrant San Antonio, the Cibolo Nature Center offers a mesmerizing tapestry of ecosystems across its two campuses, spanning over 160 acres. Explore the miles of trails and immerse yourself in the nurturing and healing power of the outdoors right here in beautiful Boerne.

With its Swap area, Marsh Zone, and Prairie Lands, the Cibolo Nature Center showcases the natural beauty that makes Boerne truly special. Soar through the expansive skies with the 3DR Solo drone, capturing breathtaking landscapes that define Boerne’s charm. Discover the lush haven of the Swap area, teeming with vibrant life. Traverse the Marsh Zone, where delicate wetlands and the symphony of birds create an immersive experience. And don’t miss the Prairie Lands, where native grasses sway, telling stories of Boerne’s storied past.

Beyond its breathtaking landscapes, the Cibolo Nature Center plays a crucial role in preserving Boerne’s environment. The center safeguards the Cibolo Creek watershed, a vital resource contributing over a million gallons of pure water per day to the Trinity and Edwards Aquifers. Boerne’s commitment to sustainability and conservation ensures a reliable source of drinking water for the entire region.

Education is at the heart of the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne. The center offers a range of programs and workshops, engaging visitors of all ages in learning about the wonders of nature. Whether you’re a child fascinated by the natural world or an adult seeking a deeper connection to the environment, Boerne’s Cibolo Nature Center provides enriching experiences that foster a harmonious coexistence with our surroundings.

While exploring the center, take time to visit the historic Herff Farm, an embodiment of Boerne’s cultural and agrarian roots. The farm stands as a testament to Boerne’s heritage, showcasing the deep connection between the community and the land.

Boerne extends its warm hospitality beyond the Cibolo Nature Center. The town boasts a charming ambiance and a thriving culinary scene. After a day of exploration, indulge in the flavors of Boerne’s local eateries, where fresh ingredients and Texas charm come together to create memorable dining experiences. Engage with the friendly locals, whose welcoming smiles and genuine kindness embody the spirit of this remarkable Boerne community.

Discover the transformative power of the outdoors in Boerne, where the magic of simpler times collides with the boundless wonders of the natural world. The Cibolo Nature Center invites you to connect with Boerne’s enchanting landscapes, providing an unforgettable experience that will leave an indelible mark on your heart. Immerse yourself in Boerne’s rich heritage and the splendor of its natural surroundings, and you’ll understand why Boerne is a destination like no other

If you’d like to check out this wonderful place you can visit their website:

Nani Falcone Park Flyover San Antonio, Texas

3DR Solo Soaring The Skies!

I took this photo with my GoPro Hero 4 Black attached to my 3DR Solo @ Nani Falcone Park in San Antonio, Texas. We just had a big storm on February 20th, 2017 and I was curious as to what this creek looked like after all that rain and wind! The 3DR Solo has a GPS upgrade by a company named mRo and they sell a few aftermarket parts for the 3DR Solo. There are a lot of other Quadcopters out there hovering around but the 3DR Solo is one of the cheapest with the most range of features that you’ll find on a Hobbyist Drone. Unlike many other Multi rotors on the market this one can be modded quite a bit. You can find all kinds of sensors and cameras to make Land Surveying a breeze.

I like that the 3DR Solo offers a range of what they call “Smart Shots” which allow you to do things like take a Drone Selfie or Orbit your selected target and it does this all automatically. Of course you just have to press one button to return your 3DR Solo back to its default flying mode. Each flight can last up to 20 min which of course is affected by the external conditions such as wind, rain, temperature and how the pilot (YOU) fly your aircraft.


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Check Out My 3DR Solo Modifications!

3DR Solo Quadcopter & Mods

I just picked up my 3DR Solo this last week and have been flying it whenever I get the time. I also wanted to register with the FAA since it only costs $5 to do so. I am now licensed to fly legally, and will soon be getting my Part 107. You can contact us with questions here.

If you still hurry you might be able to purchase one from Best Buy or another local Computer store, if you already own a GoPro you should definitely pick up while you still can. I will upload some more mods as I do them, so far I plan on upgrading the GPS, HDMI cables, and adding some Moon gel.

You can use your cell phone to view the live video feed that is streamed from the 3DR back to you on the ground, but I decided to upgrade to a tablet instead. I decided I needed one with good battery life and it must have GPS in order for the “Smart Shots” to work. So I went with a Lenovo Tab from Amazon, it works really well and its much easier to plan out missions on. However there are many compatible tablets that can be used such as the ever popular iPad lineup

Time For some upgrades!

I decided to use my #Flashforge 3D Printer to print out some upgrade parts from Thingiverse. I went with a new Gimbal clips that prevents the GoPro from falling out of the Gimbal while your flying. The clip that comes installed from the factory requires that you remove the GoPro in order to remove your Micro Sd Card.

The picture shown on the bottom right shows a simple upgrade that can be 3D Printed if you know or have your own printer, it allows you access to your Micro Sd card without the need to remove your GoPro.

Carbon Fiber Gimbal Clip for the #GoPro on the 3DR Solo, download from thingiverse

If your running the 3DR Solo with a Gimbal like I am you might also want to consider some leg extensions, that will help your GoPro & Gimbal clear the Grass or any obstacles low to the ground. They are easily installed, all you need to do is remove the old clips and snap these in their place!

Made for the 3DR Solo

Quadcopter Build On Father’s Day

So Father’s day was last week and I decided to build my Dad a new 250mm Quadcopter so we can finally race each other. I wanted to make a build video but went with a Time-lapse of the build and its pretty cool IMO. I still need to test fly it and finishing the PID tuning. So far I have some issues when trying to spool up the motors, I am going to troubleshoot it this week. Click HERE to find out more info on your own custom Quadcopter Build.

Using my Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer I was able to make some custom parts for this FPV Quadcopter, one of which is a low profile spacer that allows you to put all of the electronics inside the frame including the ESC’s which makes for a super clean build as show below.

The Flight Controller is running Cleanflight but I might switch it over to Betaflight, I still need to look into the recent changes of both Cleanflight and Betaflight.

Its running:

  • Skyline32 Flight Controller
  • FlySky TH-9 Transmitter
  • 2500mah LiPo Battery
  • Carbon Fiber 250mm Quadcopter Frame (ZMR250)
  • Power Distribution Board
  • 2000kV motors

Soon I will be posting a test flight video of this aircraft.

Building A Sub 250g Carbon Fiber FPV Quadcopter

Most of you know that the FAA has stated that all multirotors that weigh more than 0.55 pounds must be registered in order to prevent fines upwards of $250,000. So there has been an increase in sub 250g Quadcopters and Tricopters. Well today we are gonna talk a little about my FPV Quadcopter and what they look like.

My personal FPV Racing Quadcopter that is under 250 grams!

The frame I chose for this build is an: LHI 210mm Carbon Fiber Frame : Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this frame, very sturdy and lightweight coming in at 70g with all the aluminum hardware. In the future I will be using my Flashforge Creator Pro to 3D print some much lighter spacers to replace the metal spacers that come with the LHI frame.

During this build all of the wiring was done in a minimalistic fashion, I would measure the wire bundles allowing just enough wire to go from A to B then add about an inch to allow for some slack.