My pi-in-a-keyboard :)


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by toxibunny » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:44 pm
Here it is, then. it's 'finished'. Keyboard is a USB Cherry G81-7000, with the card reader gubbins taken out, a whole load of dremeling, the original USB repurposed as the power lead (with the keyboard connected via a short hacked-up old micro USB cable with the micro end taken off, an internal USB soundcard (even though I never use it), and, um, that's it. Still having problems with power - plug a mouse into the handy built-in hub at the back, and you get sticky keys. That'll either have to be fixed later on, or I guess I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get a powered hub.

Cost (not including the glue gun I bought):

Keyboard - 7 euros.
Raspi - 32 euros
Soundcard - 3? euros

Total - 42 euros. Bargain. It needs some cosmetic work done and finishing off, so the *final* cost will probably go up a bit, but it's usable right now.

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by toxibunny » Sat Nov 03, 2012 10:45 pm
Oh yeah, it's called the 'Cherry Pi'.
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by dan3008 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:08 pm
Nice :) thats an epic case design.

and mighty cheap too :)

well done :D
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by SepticLemon » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:40 pm
Oh dang, how did you get a Cherry Keyboard that cheap!?

I've been wanting to put a Pi in a Keyboard, but all these modern keyboards are flat with no space inside.

What model of Cherry Keyboard is this, and how did you get it that cheap?
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by pygmy_giant » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:42 pm
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by toxibunny » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:05 pm
Yeah unfortunately these aren't the clacky MX cherry keys everyone gets geekboners for. They're the 'like typing on wet newspaper' MY type. I think they're fine though, and the keyboard itself weighs a ton and is rock solid. Well, it *was* rock solid, until I dremelled the hell out of that back corner.

It's a G81-7000, and *wow*, the prices on ebay UK are insane! They're a lot cheaper on the US ebay.com, though I got mine from the shop, as cheap as I did because it's a czech layout keyboard which doesn't have the ö, ä, and å keys that the locals need (but is close enough to the UK layout to be perfectly okay for me)...

http://www.bebek.fi/kauppa/index2.php FYI
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by toxibunny » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:16 pm
To be honest, the keys are pretty nice to type on. I think whoever came up with the 'wet newspaper' comment was a bit of a snob ;P
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by pygmy_giant » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:51 pm
There seems to be a whole industry centred around replacement Cherry key-caps on ebay, so you could probably have each one a different color if you wanted to.
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