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Keebin’ With Kristina: The One With The Tri-lingual Typewriter

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Isn’t it simply implausible when a venture lastly does what you wished it to do within the first place? [Simon Merrett] isn’t prepared to compromise in relation to the Aerodox. His unique imaginative and prescient for the keyboard was a wi-fi, ergonomic break up that would simply swap between a few PCs. Whereas some individuals are extra into making structure after structure, [Simon] retains pushing ahead with this identical design, which is form of a mashup between the ErgoDox and the Redox, which is itself a wi-fi model of the ErgoDox.

The Aerodox has three nRF51822 modules — one for the halves to speak, one for the management half to ship key presses, and a 3rd on the receiver aspect. [Simon] was utilizing two AA cells to energy each, and was having bother with the vary again to the PC.

The NRFs need 3.3 V, however will allegedly accept 2 V when occasions are arduous. [Simon] added a lift converter to offer every a stable 3.3 V, and the Aerodox grew to become dependable sufficient to be [Simon]’s each day driver. However let’s return to the as-yet-unrealized potential half.

The purpose was to make use of this keeb on a number of PCs with ease. [Simon] lately discovered somebody’s Bluetooth code for the Mitosis keyboard and tailored it to work on the Aerodox. He’s utilizing a Gazell link between the halves, and Bluetooth from the management half again to the PCs. Sadly, [Simon] needed to revamp the timer interrupts and debouncing scheme that got here with emulating the Redox, but it surely works now and it switches between PCs with the press of a button. Now that [Simon] is sweet and cozy with nRF silicon, we’d see an nRF52 model working ZMK subsequent. Time will inform.

Historic Clackers: Tri-lingual Toshiba Typewriter

Picture through This is Colossal

No, that isn’t an ornate roll-top desk — it’s a tri-lingual typewriter made by Toshiba from 1940-1954 with over 1,000 characters. This unhealthy boy can kind in Japanese, Chinese language, and English by spinning the cylinder, utilizing the pointer to pick out the character, and dealing the lever down under.

This is the second index typewriter that Toshiba produced. The primary was referred to as the Nippon, and got here out in 1915. The Nippon labored by deciding on a person character from a tray. Within the mid-Nineteen Fifties, Toshiba switched to a Western-style keyboard.

On this one, the BW-2112, the kanji are organized phonetically down the lengthy fringe of the barrel, and the Arabic letters and numbers are in alphabetical and numerical order. As you may guess, it’s a fairly sluggish course of, even when know what you’re doing. However you don’t must guess what that appears like — simply test it out within the video under. Too unhealthy we don’t get to see the within.

Because of [ukezi] for the tip on this one!

ICMYI: Look Ma, No Solder

Do all these loopy inputs make you wish to bounce within the keeb recreation? That’s completely comprehensible. So why not begin small?

With 3D printers round, it actually couldn’t be any simpler to construct a customized macropad, particularly when you’ve got the shoulders of hackers like [Jan Lunge] to face on. And with [Jan]’s build, you don’t even need any solder.

The important thing to connectivity right here is within the small plastic clip [Jan] designed that snaps in after you’ve run the column wire. Not solely does this plastic bit hold each wires held in place, it retains them separated, too — that is particularly good in case you plan to make use of naked wire like [Jan] did.

With a design like this one, it could be simple to decorate it up with shade, or make it minimal and monotone. Both approach, it’s positive to look good in your desk.


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