Make your own roll up keyboard


[Auger] sent in this nice little hack. The instructable says to get a USB keyboard (it looks like a Dell USB keyboard to me), gut it and label the flexible membranes inside after you join them together. If you’ve got a supply of this style of keyboard, it could be a cheap source… or better yet, maybe you can use the guts to produce high quality custom keybads.

Comments

  1. dbzfanatic says:

    Nice little trick. I thought about doing something like this not long back but decided not to simply because I think they would break too easily in cold weather. Still pretty fun to look at though.

  2. Matthew says:

    I LOOOOVE keyBads.

  3. Shadyman says:

    You can do this with PS/2 or newer AT keyboards, too.

  4. boom says:

    Anybody know where I can get instructions for building a keyboard from scratch with AVR controllers?

  5. Bill.jr says:

    That’s pretty old thing, you can make it from almost every keyboard you can buy these days. I’ve made it too long time ago, but it wasn’t possible to use it. It’s pretty pain when you are knocking with fingers to your desk.

  6. Rangerx52 says:

    This isnt anything new, but its still cool. I did this back around 5 years ago- but i pulled the substrates apart, used a continuity tester to map the pin combinations for the keyboard controller, and wired the controller up to a calculator (with detatched traces). I ended up with a full keyboard including the numpad in a tiny package. I used it for my car computer until the screen died in a sad accident

  7. danielbank says:

    Can I buy them on Ebay? My 2 cents..

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  8. Emperor dane says:

    hey ‘boom’

    there’s a library for emulating ps2 keyboards with avr microcontroller’s in bascom (basic compiler)

    -http://www.mcselec.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=35&category_id=6&option=com_phpshop&Itemid=1
    its a 14 dollar add on though

    try avrfreaks.net

  9. Stephen Manhattan says:

    I actually did this with a couple ps/2 keyboards i had, but mistreated them(read: threw in backpack for school everyday with books, etc) and they eventually cracked and broke….still fun to do and a conversation starter for sure!

  10. Orb2069 says:

    Maybe if you glued a rubberized backing onto it, it’d reduce the cracking…

  11. TomV says:

    Again, I’m another thats done this before. Portable, but shockingly bad to type on, as may be expected. I think I’ll stick to my Model M.

  12. RidoKilos says:

    Flexible keyboards are like fish. Fun to hit people in the face with.

  13. POPSNAIL says:

    I actually did this with a couple ps/2 keyboards i had, but mistreated them
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    http://www.popsnail.com/video-converters/cucusoft-ultimate-dvd-video-converter-suite-6-2-98.html

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