Saturday, 19 December 2015

Day 19 - BBC Micro USB keyboard kit

This is day 19 of the Advent Calendar of USB keyboards. Today, a BBC Micro USB keyboard kit. I always liked the feel and sound of the BBC keyboard, individual mechanical keyswitches make for a good keyboard.
The BBC case is a bit large to use as just a keyboard, and I'd rather it had a BBC micro inside. A while ago I got a Viglen BBC micro case that was all cracked, but the separate keyboard box was intact. I made that into a USB keyboard. See the original article for more information on driving the unusual BBC Micro keyboard interface.
Since then I've had a few requests for BBC Micro USB keyboard kits, so here they are.
The kit contains the controller, mountings and a USB lead. Please use responsibly.
There is a piezo buzzer on there which makes the correct beeping sounds when the BBC micro USB keyboard is plugged in.
This is one of the keyboards with a moulded speaker mount.
Tune in tomorrow to open another window on the Advent Calendar of USB keyboards.

I now have a custom board for the BBC Micro, available as a conversion kit with a piezo buzzer
or with a a connector to drive the original speaker.
You can order a BBC Micro USB keyboard kit from my Tindie Store.