Introduction: Flexible Keyboard

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I made this flexible keyboard from a plastic and stiff keyboard. I made it to make my raspberry pi totally compact and portable.

Requirement:

  1. Keyboard
  2. Screw Driver
  3. Letter Stickers
  4. Rubber Bands
  5. Nylon String
  6. Tape

Step 1: Open Up the Keyboard

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You need to open up the keyboard. To do so you need to remove all the screws from the bottom.

Step 2: The Flexible Sheet

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Once you open it you will find a transparent sheet. This sheet is the flexible keyboard. The sheet looks like this.

Step 3: Removing the Sheet and Circuit Board

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In my keyboard there was a circuit board attached to the sheet and the plastic hard base, so i had to remove the screws keeping everything together in order to get rid of the plastic base. When the screws are removed the circuit board and the sheet detaches.

Step 4: Connecting the Circuit Board and the Sheet

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This is a tricky part. To connect both you need both to be in the correct place so that it works. Once its been placed you tape the connection tightly to secure the connection of the board and the sheet. THE TAPE NEEDS TO BE TIGHT. To make the connection better i took robber bands and put it around the tape and the took a strip of metal and securely tied it tightly on the tape and rubber bands with a nylon thread.

Step 5: Letter and Number the Keyboard

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Referring to the plastic keyboard stick the numbers and the letters correctly on the sheet.

Step 6: Complete

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This can be now rolled up and can be taken anywhere.

Step 7: Connected to My Raspberry Pi

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It work properly and is totally flexible making it easy to carry.

Comments

craftclarity (author)2014-04-08

Have you seen the Gadget Hacking Contest yet? This project ought to be in there...!

Victor805 (author)2014-04-05

I think there exists a conductive adhesive that could have helped with he connection, even though it might be too expensive.

Nice project, I also plan to get a raspberry pi soon.

hariarun18 (author)2014-03-18

could you do this with a wireless keyboard?

hitansh (author)hariarun182014-03-18

All depends on the size of wireless module attached to the keyboard.

will try and give a shot some day.

hitansh (author)hariarun182014-03-18

I don't think so. I am not sure.

rimar2000 (author)2014-03-18

Clever solution!

s3tw0l4 (author)2014-03-18

Couldn't you just write it right on them in sharpie or something similar?

hitansh (author)s3tw0l42014-03-18

The buttons were to small to do so.

hitansh (author)2014-03-18

PLEASE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!

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