Has this been created?


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by henry_blackie » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:09 pm
This is my first post so I hope it's in the right place.

Is their a case that has a keyboard built in to it? All I'm talking about is a basic case with a qwerty keyboard in the top.
It could be a case like this.
With a keyboard such as the one on a blackberry.

Would I be right in thinking this would be useful for if you were using it as a portable computer?
Also is this even possible?

Thanks, Henry
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by walleee » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:36 pm
it's not been created,

To be honest I can't see much mileage in the idea, you have at least two leads coming out of it for power and video, and hdmi cables are a fair bit heavier than standard keyboard cables.

Mind you i'm not a particularly creative person, im sure with alot of thought it could be implemented, but I would imagine the R&D, and manufacturing costs would far exceed the demand for such a product...

I'd love to be proven wrong of course, any projects are good projects if it means we can learn and improve things...
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by mahjongg » Fri Jun 29, 2012 8:49 pm
The keyboard should be a standard USB keyboard, I have seen miniature keyboards (10 x 20 cm) but never one as small as the ones on blackberries. That probably is because the is probably no market for USB keyboards that small.
Also what would you do with a portable PI with a keyboard but no monitor?

If you are an electronic whizz you could probably take a "naked blackberry keyboard" key-matrix and interface it to the GPIO, but why?
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by henry_blackie » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:29 pm
One use I thought of is if you want it mounted on the wall connected to a TV, that's not touch screen, with the keyboard and mouse being on the PI it would be convenient.

I thought that if I was going to be taking it around places it would be easier to connect it to a TV/Monitor and then not have to bring a keyboard and mouse with you.

As you said though there probably isn't a use or else something like this would already be out.
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by mahjongg » Fri Jun 29, 2012 9:53 pm
normally one would use it this way with a bluetooth based wireless keyboard, such as are used with settop boxes. That should also work fine with the PI, provided the adapter used is a <100mA device, which most are.

Such "keyboards" are really small, sometimes not larger than a large remote control, most also have some kind of mouse pointer control.
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by ryandigweed » Wed Jul 04, 2012 10:57 pm
I was thinking the exact same thing !. :| I was wondering if anyone did it.

Actually, this could really be good if you're planning on having a portable server, with a portable 3.5" screen, or phone touch screen. The keyboard of the blackberry would be good to use, for running some command lines to do tasks, otherwise the joypad of the blackberry could be used to move the cursor around the screen. I Don't know. Just seemed like alot of people could use it.

Bro, i think we could both use this :)

http://www.amazon.com/FAVI-Entertainmen ... B003UE52ME
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by henry_blackie » Thu Jul 05, 2012 6:50 am
I was looking at similar items to this but all the ones under £30 (~$47) had lots of bad reviews saying the track pad was horrible. I'll try this when I get my Raspberry Pi.

Also for anyone in the UK.
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by ryandigweed » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:07 am
I guess the reviews said it was a good keyboard, but the trackpad wasn't precise, but it's only for 20$.

However there is also a logitech version whihc i think will be far better. but I think that would set you back 37$ or so.
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by henry_blackie » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:12 am
ryandigweed wrote:I guess the reviews said it was a good keyboard, but the trackpad wasn't precise, but it's only for 20$.

However there is also a logitech version whihc i think will be far better. but I think that would set you back 37$ or so.


I think you're talking about this: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Logitech-K400-W ... 723&sr=8-3
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by ryandigweed » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:19 am
Yep, that's the one. Has anyone used it? Doesn't seem so mini in the pictures though.
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by henry_blackie » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:27 am
ryandigweed wrote:Yep, that's the one. Has anyone used it? Doesn't seem so mini in the pictures though.


Someone in the reviews said it's
5.9 x 1.2 x 15.8 inches
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by ryandigweed » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:35 am
henry_blackie wrote:
Someone in the reviews said it's

5.9 x 1.2 x 15.8 inches


The Favi one is slightly smaller.

5.9 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches



But if you're planning on buying one, the logitech one will be better for a few more bucks, and it's a pretty new model. They released it a couple of months back i think.

I don't know whether the drivers will be easily available though. But it should be.
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by guidol » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:02 pm
I think you mean something like this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMk1uSr3m4Q
where the "great" modding-expert Ben Heck is fitting the raspberyy pi in a Keyboard case
like the old BBC Computers :)
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by henry_blackie » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:13 pm
guidol wrote:I think you mean something like this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMk1uSr3m4Q
where the "great" modding-expert Ben Heck is fitting the raspberyy pi in a Keyboard case
like the old BBC Computers :)


Yes similar to this but smaller, preferably the same size as the Pi.
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by ryandigweed » Thu Jul 05, 2012 12:24 pm
http://www2.multithread.co.uk/mtcshop/i ... d_main.jpg

This is there too, but very basic, wired, and without a mouse.
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by PaulCheffus » Thu Jul 05, 2012 8:43 pm
ryandigweed wrote:Yep, that's the one. Has anyone used it? Doesn't seem so mini in the pictures though.


Hi

I'm using that keyboard (Logitech k400), it and the mouse work extremely well with the Wheezy beta.

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by ryandigweed » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:00 pm
Wow, thanks for that Confirmation ! :)
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