Laser keyboard

A scanning laser can be mounted on a pad together with a low resolution camera.  With these, an image of different types of keyboard for typing, piano playing, gaming, finger writing can be programmed for user interaction.

Topic by oobi07 8 years ago


keyboard conversion Answered

How do i convert a din 5 keyboard to USB?

Question by devicemodder 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Keyboard Pants

It's a keyboard that has been attached to a pair of pants. This bit of DIY tech allows you to touch yourself in public and get work done at the same time. The pink keys are a nice touch, too. A real fashion statement. Keyboard Pants via Make blog

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Scrabble Keyboard

A custom keyboard made from Scrabble tiles. Sweet to see that the craftsmanship extends well beyond just having the tiles as buttons and the overall piece is great to behold. Linkvia Gizmodo

Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Keyboard Modifications

I was just wondering if anyone could help me in thinking of a way of modifying a keyboard so that you could strap it to your back without damaging the keyboard in the process and then put addons onto the strap. The reason I want to do this is because I need something defining for my personality that will show my love of technology, and I also want to take my keyboard with me to places.

Topic by El_Diablo 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Backlighting a Keyboard

So a while back i purchased a keyboard that uses blue EL Wire to backlight the keys.  I like the blue, but i'd like to add some variety to it.  i'd like to add more different colors and a switch that toggles between the different colors (so i can change from blue to say red or green etc..) are there different voltages/currents for the wire that i should be concerned about? any other help/advice would be appreciated too.. thanks ahead of time!

Topic by ShadyMilkman0 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Laptop Keyboard

After a spill necessitated replacing the keyboard on my Satellite A135, about 1/2 of the keys, mainly on the left side of the keyboard, don't work. I can't seem to press the plastic ribbon cable of the new one into the connector far enough for it to engage all the pins. I tried reattaching the old keyboard, but can't press that cable in far enough either. There seems to be white mineralization on some pins in the connector. It's a very thin space, and barely accessible. How can I safely clean it off so the cable fits properly and makes contact with all the pins?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


LED Keyboard

Ok guys and girls, I have a pretty neat idea I want to try. I was playing my favorite PC game at like 3 am and I wanted to play in the dark but I couldn't because my keyboard is black and I couldn't see it, so a great idea hit me... I want to pull apart my keyboard and but some LEDs in it so when I plug it in LEDs light up the board behind the keys. my only real problem though is knowing where to attach the wires from the LEDs to the board so I don't need and external power source... So if anyone is out there and have the same idea or maybe even have done this please let me know!!!

Topic by animal0307 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Stencils for a keyboard

Hey all. Does anyone know of anywhere to get a good stencil for a keyboard? I have searched google and only find the sticker ones which won't work for the project I am working on. I have tried to cut out some with an exacto but it has not been very effective for that size of letters and is a rather daunting task on an already HUGE time sink of a project (over 100 man hours in already). I have been to a large local Micheals and the stencils they have are all to large for the keys. I tried hand painting them but this is being painted onto glass AND it is spherical to boot AND the paint I have for the glass is not very consistant and streaks unevenly on the stroke often especially when doing curved letters so that is out. The only thing I think would work is a decent vinyl stencil (or some other material which will flex to the curvature and adhere to the glass). If anyone knows of a place to get this or some technique that I have yet not thought of I would absolutely LOVE to hear it. Thanks.

Topic by jason.burr.946 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Multiple Keyboards

I would like to know if there is a way to hook up two keyboards and run them simultaneously but doing different things i.e. the "f" key types and f using one keyboard but say opens firefox on the other. Any Ideas would be appreciated

Topic by PlainsPrepper 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


legs for keyboard

Hello all, i just purchasec a new logitech illuminated keyboard, which has the shortest "legs" i've ever seen. i loved the steampunk-keyboard idea, but, until i can afford one, does anyone have an idrea on how to raise the back of the keyboard (not books or batteries - i've tried them...) ? thank you.

Topic by myming 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


mac keyboards

Can i use a mac keyboard on my windows computer

Topic by corey_caffeine 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Keyboard jokes

Keyboard jokes

Topic by DELETED_bertwert 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Keyboard problems

When I was cleaning my PC keyboard buttons G(because typing "G" character letter got some lags) and F(now it's not working I was cleaning Windows logo button and it's still working properly and in opposite side of this button is down when I loosen it, it skews diagonally.[img]https://i.imgur.com/pODvObr.jpg[/img][img]https://i.imgur.com/r6x5LyC.jpg[/img][img]https://i.imgur.com/OuotzUb.jpg[/img] It was when I was cleaning my keyboard with ear sticks slightly soaked in spirit(alcohol based liquid with transparent colour)[img]https://i.imgur.com/uBpBGEm.jpg[/img] can you help solve me this problem?How can I fix it?Should I buy new PC keyboard guys?

Topic by luke11685 9 months ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


Alternative to keyboard

On top is a joystick like an NES joystick. It registers 8 different directions: up, down, left, right, and the in-betweens of those and is controlled by the thumb. Then there are 4 buttons, one for each finger. The joystick replaces the trackpad of a laptop and hopefully is also 'clickable'  to act as a 'left click button. I'm not sure what would do the right click button. Combinations of button presses and joystick directions would replace the keys on a keyboard. I only have the use of my right hand. I initially thought of this as a device for handicapped people like myself, but it would also be good for people lying in bed. The concept maybe could be made into a cell phone case with physical buttons that would allow people to text without looking at their phones. The device is a lot like the nintendo wi remote, but not quite. Maybe a wii remote could be hacked to make a prototype. I wouldn't know how to do that and I wouldn't know how to program it, that's why I'm posting, to see if someone could tell me what kind of skills/knowledge would be needed to make this idea happen. Any suggestions or offers to help are welcome. Thank you!

Topic by avocadostains 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Help... keyboard problems

I need to know what wires go into what spot... make sense?

Question by Katsense 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Make a compact keyboard? Answered

Hey all you tech gurus - I want to modify a full-size keyboard into a compact one, i.e. chopping off the number pad area so that it will fit into a small case. Alternatively, I have a couple of old laptop keyboards - is there a way to wire one to fit into a standard keyboard connection (not USB)? Appreciate your thoughts.

Question by brandegor 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Laptop Keyboard Connection

Does anybody know how a laptop keyboard connects to the laptop? I'm having some trouble finding out. Also, more importantly, is there a way to convert this connection to USB or PS/2? I'm thinking about an awesome keyboard mod... so any help is greatly appreciated.

Topic by bomberman3 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


All in One Keyboard ? Answered

Is it possible to combine all these features in one unit.  i)    Keyboard,  ii)    Touchpad/Trackball,  iii)    FingerPrint Reader,  iv)    Microphone,  v)    Speaker,  vi)    Card Reader,  vii)    IR,BT(optional).

Question by FAisalShafi 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Keyboard Cat Papercraft

Play anyone off whenever you want with your own li'l keyboard cat. Just print out the document at the link below and put it together. There's even a handy video to show you how!Tubbypaws via Neatorama

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Computer Keyboard Purse

I recently came across this sweet keyboard purse by Portguese artist Joao Sabino. It comes in both white and black. I'm not quite sure if it's actually manufactured, but it might be nice to try to make one of my own. Link

Topic by transplendent 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Supersized QWERTY keyboard

Im helping an elderly fella with parkinsons. Communication is difficult. sometimes he can type.  if the keyboard was huge, it might help. Huge calculators have been around for a while. I cant find a huge qwerty board. id rather buy it than scratchbuild it, if possible. scratchbuild if necessary. Help?

Topic by Toga_Dan 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Antiquated keyboard conversion

Alright so, I've recently aquired a  keyboard from a desktop computer made in 1983 and I fell in lovewith it at my first sight of it. However I am a lot younger than this keyboard so I know nothing about it so I was wondering if any of you could give me any background info on this  keybaord and and any thoughts on whether it would be possible for me to convert it so i could plug it into my slightly outdated desktop computer and how i would go about doing so. Pictures  below.

Topic by krusher29 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Touch screen Keyboard

Hey :) i have a sweet idea of building a touch screen keyboard that's separate from the monitor. i kno their are already some on the market but it be way cooler if i could build one myself. after doing some research i found the easiest way with the most versatility would be to have a touch screen ontop of a display and have the display then attached to a chip which would relay the image of the custom keyboard. the keyboard then would be hooked up to the computer and would function like a normal keyboard but soundless. :D the problem in all this planning is 1 i don't know how to put everything together, even though Ive been reading up , my knowledge of hardware design is minimal and 2 i don't know how to write programs, but if its any consolation im teaching my self simple programming like C++ but i doubt that will help. anyways , any suggestions Thanks a million Justin

Topic by Justin D 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


RFID Keyboard (Musical)

Hi there, I'm currently doing a University course in Digital Art and was wondering how possible it would be to produce an RFID keyboard (of the musical kind). In the lectures we've been studying about tags and readers which is all new to me, but I've been looking at a few different examples which use sound as their basis and was wondering if I could get something like a keyboard working. I've done a quick Google search and nothing has come up with regards to tutorials or anything related to producing something like this so I guess I'm the first to try it? I also looked on Ebay at parts and for an RFID reader and some tags it comes to around £10-15 which isn't too bad. For the keyboard part I was thinking of creating my own keys so that the instrument could be played with hands or feet as opposed to fingers (making it easier to play?). What do you guys think? Is it possible? Cheers, Andrew. P.S. Apologies for the lack of diagrams/pictures but this is just a quick thought and wanting to run it by someone before getting serious about it :).

Topic by kugarweb 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Adjustable Keyboard Tray

Trying to figure out how to make an adjustable Keyboard/Mouse tray for ergonomic purposes. Seems like it might be relatively easy with some kind of flexible tubing e.g. flex eletrical conduit. and piece of wood for the tray. Very surprised to find near 0 content on the web with this, especially since these trays aren't exactly cheap.

Topic by jtrimmell 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Virtual keyboard autorun?

Currently, I am working on a project to convert an old windows laptop running windows 98, into a modern tablet multi-media center running Xubuntu. Without a keyboard, I will need a virtual keyboard. I am thinking of using Klavier for this. I need Klavier to start up immediate upon startup but I have no clue how to make it open upon startup. Any ideas? Also, Is it possible to make it appear on the login screen?

Question by AllenB94 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


rewiring keyboard matrix?

I want to know if it is possible to rewire the traces that go to the numpad on a keyboard so that the numpad section can be cut out? I've seen some boards where this is done but no explanation was given of what's going on. The trace that is supposed to go to the numpad keys should be rerouted back somehow, I am guessing.

Question by phillyj 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


PSP GO keyboard?

Can somebody explain me how to mod-insert one of those mini bluetooth keyboards from dealextreme into a psp go? Keyboard link: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/mini-bluetooth-keyboard-for-android-wince-nokia-symbian-s60-cellphones-black-37863

Question by menace4 7 years ago


Room Changing Keyboard?

Have you guys ever seen the music video for "fireflies" by owl city where the keyboard makes things turn on? yes that is all video effects, but wouldnt it be cool if someone wired up a keyboard to turn on a light display as you hit a key?

Topic by Buzzsushi 9 years ago


1 key keyboard?

Heres the circuit for 1 key keyboard which has to be done with a attiny85 but can i modify the circuit to be made with a  12F683

Question by robot1398 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Manually controlling keyboard?

I am looking to control a keyboard using output from another computer. The output must control the other computer by the keyboard. or send keyboard strokes through the wireless keyboard adapter. I can not control second computer by a program, ethernet, or usb direct cable. I might be able to use usb if the imput show as if its a keyboard. I can use old style keyboard ps/2 or usb. I,m trying to control a computer that is on a VPN and it wont allow and connection or programs running like I mentioned. I could get by only controlling the mouse of the other computer from the frist.  

Question by dbartoletbet 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how to make a keyboard

Hi guys i have an Idea about making a keyboard but i didnt make it yet who have an idea please put it here it may be easier iam working on arduino language thx

Topic by buraqo 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


iPad case with keyboard

I’m looking for an iPad case with keyboard and specifically one that can take intensive typing. I gotta work on the road quite a lot and am not carrying my laptop everywhere. Came across the Typad, which is kinda what I’m looking for, only that it’s over 120 dollars. Another case is the ZAGGmate which is cheaper, but I haven’t found any satisfying reviews. Anyone has recommendations or experience with these keyboard cases?

Topic by kaula 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to make a 'keyboard'

Ok... I want to make a little keyboardish thing with 4 buttons and it would connect via USB and one button would send the MEDIA_PLAYPAUSE key, another would send the MEDIA_NEXT, MEDIA_PREVIOUS, and MEDIA_STOP keys... I have no clue how to do this though... Any ideas?

Topic by perkinsb1024 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


how to change keyboard key assignments by rewiring keyboard

Trying to create a keyboard (steampunk design, but not necessary for you to know) with reassigned keys.  i would like to place symbols/icons on the keys and when someone is presented with an encoded message, they choose the appropriate keys and the message comes out in our normal alphabet.  if i don't reassign the keys, then someone familiar with the keyboard qwerty style can figure out the message without using the keyboard. i'm not very techy so pls. be as clear as possible.  i have found freeware out there that reassigns the keyboard keys but it is global and i need this to be keyboard specific since i'm designing the keyboard to look futuristic. it's for a scavenger hunt party.   thanks for any help out there.

Topic by invitediva 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


ten DEGREE KEYBOARD ON A GATEWAY NV53???

I WANT a ten DEGREE KEYBOARD ON MY LAPTOP please help, thanks

Question by zombeastly 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to connect a qwerty keyboard to my flip phone?

Hi all,I have a flip phone that does all what I need including receive text messages. Unfortunately it does not have a qwerty keyboard so sending a reply is painful/difficult. Has anyone found a way to connect a external keyboard to a flip phone?

Question by BrianEric 7 months ago


Fixing broken key on apple aluminum keyboard? Answered

I bought myself an apple aluminum keyboard a while ago, it worked perfectly until a few days ago. I noticed the w key was a bit sticky, so i took it apart (with a paper clip) and messed around with it until it unstuck. now the key will not work at all (actually if i plug in the keyboard and hit w it gives me a string of w's until i hit backspace, but i hit it after that and it will not work.  the inside of the key assembly is a bit scratched (i used a metal clip, not plastic coated, and i was getting frustrated) so idk if that is it. it clicks responsibly just like the other keys now, but it felt like there as something underneath before i took it apart. getting rather sick of copy pasting w in  :(

Question by astroboy907 8 years ago  |  last reply 21 days ago


Usb remote control for PC?

Well,I was thinking about the media keyboards with their control for sound,sleep,next-back and all that. And I was wondering can I make that with a bit more options thrown in like shutdown,maybe make it wireless with blue tooth and stuff like that. There are no devices like that in the markets where I live,and anyway I like to make my own stuff. Any and all help is appreciated.

Question by muheeb 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How to make a custom keypad connect to a pc via USB?

Hello, so instead of a keypad its is actually a full fledged keyboard that I made with custom keys and design and all. The problem is I don't know how to make it communicate with my pc. Any ideas? Also before hooking this up with an arduino which IC should I use? Thank you!

Question by anj17 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Android custom soft keyboard?

Android custom soft keyboard? I'm trying to create my own custom virtual keyboard for Android. Tackling small problems. Can someone help me? 1) How can I customize the colors, the shapes of the keys on a keyboard? 2) Can I change the font of the labels of the keys on the keyboard? 3) Can I put the icons instead of the characters on the popup when you long press? Here is my code: Thanks!

Question by tommyhansen 4 years ago


Electric typewriter to USB keyboard

Is there an instructable that is basically universal that show how to convert and electric typewriter to a USB keyboard?

Topic by metalshiflet 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


(Cheap) Dedicated Hotkey Keyboard?

I'm doing a project where I need a device that can launch multiple programs from shortcuts on the desktop without a mouse or keyboard. I'd usually just get an external numpad and map the shortcuts to that, but the programs use the number keys, so I wouldn't want to map shortcuts to anything on the numpad.  I'm not exactly sure what to look for, but searching for "programmable keyboard" only returns a few (totally overpriced) results.  Does anybody have any ideas?  It doesn't necessarily have to be pretty, but that's always a bonus.

Topic by scott! 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


"Keyboard Masher" Facebook game.

Fun little game I found where the object is to mash as many keys as possible in 20 seconds.  Here's a video of me playing the game, I got over 10,000 keys, which is apparently better than 99% of facebook users: Link to game: apps.facebook.com/keyboard_mash/

Topic by DJ Radio 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Turn a 1400c into an external keyboard?

Hello! I have an eccentric buddy who can *only* type on 1400c's keyboards, so he's continuously buying up old ones and working on them.. I believe someone, somewhere should be able to able turn said 1400c into a USB keyboard.One person has told me this is impossible, but from what I've seen here, I don't believe them. Hell, if someone can turn an old typewriter into a USB keyboard... Your esteemed advice, pointers and even links would be jolly appreciated!

Question by 9 years ago


Backlit Keyboard Mod Request

I really want to see a backlit keyboard instructable, hopefully better than this one: www.instructables.com/id/How-to-pimp-your-keyboardMore like these ones:www.thinkgeek.com/9fffmetku.net/modgallery/detail.php?id=4696That would be sweet.

Topic by bomberman3 10 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Custom PC Keyboard protector

I'd like to make a custom fit computer keyboard protector, the type that's made to stay on while the keyboard is in use. This Ducky cover https://mechanicalkeyboards.com/shop/index.php?l=product_detail&p;=999 is very nice, but rare.  Most keyboards have no properly fitting cover available. Also, it would be awesome to say 'I did that.'   What material would be best, silicone?  What mold material? Maybe I could cover the keyboard with plastic film and spray some silicone on top?   It has to be really thin.  I'm guessing pros would use a bottom mold, then squeeze a top mold own on it. Thanks.

Topic by catsintrubles 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Creating a Wireless Keyboard or Mouse

Hey guys, i was looking about the internet to find a wireless keyboard and mouse to use while I am relaxing on my couch and it occured to me there has to be some way to hack a keyboard or mouse I already have to be wireless. I think RF is the best choice for at least the mouse (quicker speeds) but have no idea what to do or what to use. Help!

Topic by brianainsworth 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


New life for an IR keyboard?

So i have an old Palm infrared keyboard that works with two AAA batteries and i was thinking, what's the easiest approach to use it with my Nexus 7?, somehow re-wire it to USB? Use an arduino as a bridge in some way? An IR sensor adapter for the nexus and some software i don't know? any suggestions, or someone wants to give it a try? Oh BTW hi! i'm a noob on the forums but i love the site.

Topic by jcarlos10 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago