Honeywell Micro Switch keyboard

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

20 Feb 2017, 19:48

Here’s an interesting keyboard with a ghostly white colour scheme. I’m not exactly sure what terminal this goes with but it is a Honeywell keyboard. The original owner modified it to work with a more recent computer so you can see some additions.

Internally, it is a Micro Switch keyboard mechanism with SD series hall-effect key switches and the usually thick key caps.

Here are some pics:
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard top
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard top
TI Micro Switch - keyboard top.JPG (323.69 KiB) Viewed 1216 times
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard with dark background
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard with dark background
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Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard back
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard back
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Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard mechanism top
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard mechanism top
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Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard mechanism bottom
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard mechanism bottom
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Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard mechanism markings
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard mechanism markings
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Honeywell Micro Switch - key switches
Honeywell Micro Switch - key switches
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Honeywell Micro Switch - key tops
Honeywell Micro Switch - key tops
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Honeywell Micro Switch - key caps
Honeywell Micro Switch - key caps
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Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard markings
Honeywell Micro Switch - keyboard markings
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Last edited by snuci on 20 Feb 2017, 20:25, edited 2 times in total.

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XMIT
[ XMIT ]

20 Feb 2017, 20:07

Ooh, a white XMIT key!

This is a Honeywell BRG terminal keyboard. I think the TI marking is not Texas Instruments but perhaps "terminal identifier".

XMIT136 looks quite a lot like this board. It also has Micro Switch Hall Effect switches and non-profiled double shot spherical key caps.
XMIT136_front.jpg
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XMIT136_rear.jpg
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snuci
Vintage computer guy

20 Feb 2017, 20:23

Well, I think yours is the same line minus the function keys, numeric keypad and the white XMIT key :). I think you may be right. I checked my Honeywell VIP terminal and the bottom of the keyboard has a similar "ti" label.
Honeywell VIP terminal keyboard bottom labels
Honeywell VIP terminal keyboard bottom labels
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Time to change he name.

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seebart
Offtopicthority Instigator

20 Feb 2017, 21:01

Nice, XMIT got the "TKL" version.

Slom

20 Feb 2017, 21:30

Nice one :)

Can you give us more details about the modifications? Was the original controller IC removed?

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zslane

20 Feb 2017, 21:34

Hey snuci, which VIP terminal(s) do you have?

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snuci
Vintage computer guy

20 Feb 2017, 21:40

Slom wrote: Nice one :)

Can you give us more details about the modifications? Was the original controller IC removed?
Sorry, camera battery is toast. I'll try to take pics but the controller, if I recall, is still there.
zslane wrote: Hey snuci, which VIP terminal(s) do you have?
Honeywell VIP 7201. Looks almost identical to my LSI ADM22 so I never took pics.

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ideus

20 Feb 2017, 23:26

What language does this support?

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XMIT
[ XMIT ]

21 Feb 2017, 02:10

Now, if you want to see a real TI Micro Switch Keyboard, that would be XMIT232, a board that I cleaned up some for ohaimark. I think this one was from a TI 914.
XMIT232_front.jpg
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XMIT232_rear.jpg
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Or, perhaps XMIT101, from a TI 911 terminal.
XMIT101_front.jpg
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seebart
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21 Feb 2017, 11:22

I know your TI 911 terminal, I had not seen that TI 914. Most impressive, thanks for sharing.

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zslane

21 Feb 2017, 19:01

I'd love to see a photo of a VIP 7800/7801. Can't seem to find one on the interwebs anywhere.

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Harshmallow

23 Feb 2017, 04:45

All your hall effect are belong to me now.

Snuci, I love that white board, with those beautiful orange/white doubleshot F keys! It looks very symmetrical. They should have made a small case for XMIT's version, but I guess that would have cost more money (or would it actually be less in the long run? Bahh).

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