Hi Jaffa, thanks for your interest!
To answer your first point, In the last 2 months we did lot of experimentation with designs and materials and we collected feedbacks from the first buyers in order to improve the actual design and make everyone happy with. In a couple of weeks (hopefully) we will go online with the new website where you’ll finally find more informations about the controller configuration and the building up, but also: new Axoctrl box styles, Axoctrl full DIY KIT, Axoctrl PCB and a couple of new products.
I totally understand your scary, since my Keystep got completely yellow in less than a year, but that’s because a low quality paint.
Anyway we have some new designs made out of Wood-filament and soft touch PETG with black top surface. You’ll surely fall in love with it.
The development is going well and Berend (@hohum) will load soon new code on Github. You can download the Axoctrl testing patch from our website.
All the parameters are variable resistors, there are no encoders.
If you have any more questions we’re here!