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kipper2k 14 October 2018 15:52

New Cherry MX keyboards for the A500, A600 and A1200 and now C64
 
Hi all,


Here are my Cherry MX keyboards for the Amiga, They will be sold by Amiga on the Lake and a distributor in the UK

All the info is here... These MX keyboards are designed as a total drop in keyboard replacement, not just part of it

http://amigaonthelake.com/new-a1200-...amiga-keycaps/

Amiga4000 14 October 2018 19:21

Can't wait for these to ship! We desperately need new keyboards (all versions) as it's almost impossible to get a keyboard on ebay now. Well done Kipper! :D

Put me down for 1 A500 keyboard please.....

plasmab 14 October 2018 19:38

put me down for 2 x A500/A1200 ones and a A600 one please. :) Y

_ThEcRoW 14 October 2018 19:43

Are you saying that you have a500 keyboard replacement with cherry switches??. How much will be each one?. I would be interested in a replacement for my 500.
Amazing work!

Mick 14 October 2018 20:01

Great work.

All we are missing now is open source A500/A600 pcb's. ;)

voyager 14 October 2018 20:25

So what will be the price? And were to find keys that fit the amiga layout?

Mr.Flibble 14 October 2018 20:41

Bloody legend :)

kolla 14 October 2018 20:48

Wow, very cool!!!

Romanujan 14 October 2018 21:00

Any plans for the additional keys (near Alt/Amiga keys)? Maybe they could serve as Control keys?

DanyPPC 14 October 2018 21:04

Great project Kipper !

spudje 14 October 2018 21:31

So I guess my a1200.net keys now turned into a waste of money :(

I'd rather have a nice Cherry MX keyboard instead!

kipper2k 14 October 2018 22:06

Hi,

Thanks for the kind words. The boards are almost ready to go, I have decided to go with the original layout for all 3 amigas to keep the compatibility. Keys should all be the same size as the original keyboards, and they can be custom printed when ordering so you have your "A" symbols etc, you can even have a C= logo on the blank keys if you want. Keys will be available from a USA seller/manufacturer and i will do up a shopping list for all keys needed, i will make a few but i will farm out a lot of the work. Maybe someone can start up a group buy for keys, i was wrong about there being 200 colours, there are only 142, ah well, shoot me later :)

Once i am done with these then i will open up my A2k and A4k keyboard and start that :)

Eriond 14 October 2018 22:10

So happy to see you back in business, Kipper2k!
I hope someone picks up large(er) scale production of these, because as our fellow Amigans said above: "We desperately need new keyboards"

What about the FR4-keyplate? Is it rigid enough? We did some initial try-outs here at our local Amiga-club, but they involved waterjet-cut stainless steel sheet (1,5mm thick). And since that's not some equipment everyone has at their disposal, I'm curious if a FR4 substrate would be a good enough replacement.

Always a joy to see your devotion to the Amiga and it's community!

kipper2k 14 October 2018 22:22

the strength of the 2 boards bonded by almost 100 keys is surprisingly good, the overall width of the joined plates is only 0.205" so there is not much play. I have also left a couple of centre slots that can be used for additional support so it will survive a lot of punishment.the top board is 0.064" thick (i'm an old geezer, i prefer inches lol)

Predseda 14 October 2018 22:26

:shocked

tnt23 14 October 2018 22:32

Impressive job Kipper!

fluffkitten 14 October 2018 22:39

Blimey! That is pretty neat.

Romanujan 14 October 2018 22:54

@kipper2k - Of course we can print anything we want - but will the keys be usable by Amiga software? Maybe configurable within the keyboard itself, or visible by, for example, http://aminet.net/package/driver/input/mmkeyboard ?

kipper2k 14 October 2018 23:04

Quote:

Originally Posted by Romanujan (Post 1276894)
@kipper2k - Of course we can print anything we want - but will the keys be usable by Amiga software? Maybe configurable within the keyboard itself, or visible by, for example, http://aminet.net/package/driver/input/mmkeyboard ?


I am not sure what you mean, this keyboard IS for all intents and purposes an Amiga keyboard, All keys are mapped as an Amiga keyboard. I reverse engineered it from scratch to ensure each address line went to the correct key. You can probably create custom keys if you want and map them through utilities, but as you can see in the video the default keys correspond to the keyboard test in Systest (and others i used)

Quote:

Originally Posted by spudje (Post 1276867)
So I guess my a1200.net keys now turned into a waste of money :(

I'd rather have a nice Cherry MX keyboard instead!

Maybe they will do a run of cherry MX keys now :)

voyager 14 October 2018 23:17

How will the big keys be stabilised?


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