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Turning a Keyboard into a Computer with Raspberry Pi

This compact computer features a sturdy keyboard with a Raspberry Pi hidden inside–making it an all in one machine complete with a USB hub hidden in the keyboard.

Courtesy of German computer hobbyist Preamp, the build includes some clever rewiring of ports–such as shifting the Ethernet via a tiny patch cable–as well as some additions in the form of a USB hub. Hit up the link below for more pictures and a Google Translation of his build notes.

Raspberry Pi Keyboard Build [via Hack a Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 08/16/12

Comments (7)

  1. megavic

    Cool! Looks like a commodore 64!

  2. rKiller

    Big bro of commodore 64 can be used for emulation I wonder?

  3. Anon

    Commodore? Perhaps.

    Looks to me more like an old Radio Shack Color Computer (aka, CoCo).

    I wonder if anyone else see’s a similarity to a Timex Sinclair or maybe a Texas Instruments TI4a.

    (I know… “People who can remember when there were no computers probably shouldn’t be using them.” Or was that a saying about cars?)

  4. Susan Harley

    Achtung komputerbanaltesteller noch kaput.

  5. fallout330

    Very intriguing idea, I like it!

  6. fallout330

    Intriguing idea, I like it! The integration is cool.

  7. Jordan A

    How about running the standard video through USB and making an adapter at the other end? then a decent USB extention cord and all it would take is one. Alternatively, you could run power to a battery pack for the raspberry pi so it is rechargable.

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