This Tandy 1000 keyboard module is a membrane keyboard using the Fujitsu leaf spring switches, They are the smoothest linears I have tried so far and they feel great to type on. The problem is that literally all i have is a shall with switches and membranes, no electronics or PCBs to interface with.
If you remove the metal back-plate, the only ting presented is the membrane
What i have:
The keyboard module I want to convert
A couple of Teensy LCs, A breadpoard, Whatever those pins are called and some copper wire.
What I need to acquire:
I need to find a Ribbon connector for the ribbon cable (Don’t want to ruin the original ribbon cable)
If anyone has any tops for finding this it would be appreciated, it’s is the thing holding me back as of now
What i will have to do:
- Get the ribbon connectors
- Make the keyboard module in CAD
- Figure out how the Teensy LC works
- Convert the damned thing
- Make a case for it (If i manage to get stem 1-3 done) (hopefully I’ll get in touch with someone with a big enough 3d printer for prototyping this stage)
Total width: 40cm
Case height needed to cover switches: 2cm
Space right of space 16.2/3cm
Left of space: 6.7cm
Top ribbon: 13 pin
Lower ribbon: 12 pin
Thanks to @gordonthree I now know it’s a Card Edge Connector
A couple of these have now been ordered, Will probably come in 19-31 days. So time for more waiting
While waiting I will try to play around with freecad, couldn’t find a 3d model/cad file or whatever you use of the computer/keyboard, so I will have to make it myself.
I have found some leads on ribbon connector, it seems like this might be the standard one " FPC FFC [insert 0.x number]mm Pitch [insert correct number of pins] Pin Flip Type Ribbon Flat Connector".
There are some on ebay, but it seems like there is more to choose from at aliexpress, just annoyed that i have to create an account to browse their wares.
- Added pictures of the keycaps, some more “Misc Notes”
- Added some info about the keyboard
- Added Pictures of the internals of the keyboard
- Updated the “Updates” section with the current status
- Updated the ToDo list