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by hjalfi
05 Nov 2019, 19:43
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Turning a Canon Typestar IV typewriter into a USB keyboard
Replies: 1
Views: 809

Turning a Canon Typestar IV typewriter into a USB keyboard

I recently just finished a project where I ripped the guts out of an old battery-powered thermal typewriter and converted it into USB keyboard. It came out rather well, if I say so myself, although I do need to find something better to do with the USB cable. http://cowlark.com/2019-11-03-keyboard/ty...
by hjalfi
04 Nov 2019, 21:08
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Canon S-51 typewriter (SMK "peerless"?)
Replies: 11
Views: 2978

Re: Canon S-51 typewriter (SMK "peerless"?)

I know this is verging on a necropost, but this is directly related to a previous post: I have finished converting the typewriter to USB. There's lots of stuff including video of the whole sordid business here. http://cowlark.com/2019-11-03-keyboard I'm pretty sure the keyswitches are SMK spring-ove...
by hjalfi
27 May 2019, 21:27
Forum: Keyboards
Topic: Cleaning a rubber-pad-against-PCB keyboards
Replies: 1
Views: 399

Cleaning a rubber-pad-against-PCB keyboards

Hello, I recently picked up a Canon TypeStar 4 typewriter in a junk shop. The keyboard is really nice, linear and light but tactile, and I am amusing myself by refitting the keyboard as a PC USB keyboard. The keys are discrete integrated slider-over-spring-over-conductive rubber dome-over-PCB . Each...
by hjalfi
09 May 2019, 15:13
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Canon S-51 typewriter (SMK "peerless"?)
Replies: 11
Views: 2978

Re: Canon S-51 typewriter (SMK "peerless"?)

Yup, just too loud. I kinda quite like my cow orkers.

Turns out that a number of these old typewriter keyboards are really good complex rubber dome mechanisms --- the Brother keyboards are apparently very reminiscent of modern Topre, so I'm going to try and retrofit one.
by hjalfi
05 May 2019, 21:04
Forum: Gallery
Topic: Canon S-51 typewriter (SMK "peerless"?)
Replies: 11
Views: 2978

Re: Canon S-51 typewriter (SMK "peerless"?)

I've just acquired one of these typewriters, and rather incompetently demoed it on video if you want to see it in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42fLdTLuYj0 I really like the keyboard, and am rather interested in converting it to USB and using it as a PC keyboard (I'm not allowed to use my ...

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