I use the Ergonomic Microsoft 4000 Keyboard and really like it. But it has A LOT of wasted space. Extend the Tab /Caps-Lock keys and it's a sale. Looks really good already though. Thank you for the review.
The distance between the 'n' and the 'o' for example worries me, like it might actually be harder to type than normal.
The idea is that this is almost ortholinear in nature, in that each of your fingers is assigned a column. So you should end up using less lateral movement and more vertical movement. In that sense, the n and o distance should be no problem at all.
My issue with the layout, though, is that your weakest fingers (your two pinkies) are responsible for two columns EACH, with each of those two outermost columns kind of out of whack with the rest of the columns. And those two pinkies, then, have a lot of lateral work to do.