XO-1.5 keyboard

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Fri Mar 5 08:54:10 EST 2010

On 05.03.2010, at 14:40, Paul Fox wrote:
> bert wrote:
>> On 05.03.2010, at 07:31, Paul Fox wrote:
>>> credit where credit is due -- i followed the instructions (i feel
>>> like i should be writing "destructions") at instructables.com:
>> http://www.instructables.com/id/Installing-a-USB-Keyboard-into-an-OLPC-XO-Laptop
>> -/
>> Is it worrying if I get a kick out of reading that? And an urge to reach for my 
>> dremel? And the voices fighting in my head "You can't do this to your shiny new 
>> 1.5!" - "But it would be awesome!" ? ;)
> :-)  you're right -- it _is_ awesome.  wad seems to have mastered
> the art of getting the laptop to really go together right after
> the conversion.  the XO-1 that i converted, and then used
> heavily, has stress cracks in various corners of the plastic
> where it's bent and stressed from being forced back together in
> somewhat unnatural ways...
> (it's not the perfect keyboard though -- there's no right shift key,
> for instance.  i've met a surprising number of people who, after i
> tell them that, say "oh, i never use that one anyway."  :-)

Heh, I indeed only use left shift.

Do you think it would be possible to retrofit, say an EeePC keyboard? It does not have a controller like the USB one used by Instructables, maybe the XO's keyboard controller could be reprogrammed to use the Eee's matrix?

I have not actually measured the EeePC kb but it can be had for $20 and may be a nice option ...

- Bert -

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