Working TOS desktop monitor with desk controls


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I’m writing this from my newly acquired computer system that will be placed inside of @rel571996 s fabulous kit . Mine will have a twist as I will incorporate a keyboard into a desk . Using a peg system to a pre-existing keyboard I will make a gumdrop keyboard ( possibly illuminated) as well as a Spock’s calculator

mouse !


#2

also a big thanks to @DigiGal for the help and inspiration!


#3

Looking forward to seeing your build develop!


#4

Nice! Definitely looking forward to this.


#5

Part 1 : Keyboard disassembly and illumination !


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#8

Looks cool so far, does it feel natural typing on the gumdrops?


#9

It’s an odd feeling . But very much a feeling you would feel pressing the buttons on the USS Enterprise :wink: but in reality it feels like normal typing


#10

Now THAT is cool!!! I would love one of those. I am curious why you didn’t use the square “ice-cube” style buttons instead of the round ones.


#11

Thanks ! Honestly I could not find a source for the squares , round is all I have …


#12

LOL, I understand. If you need the square ones let me know.


#13

Have you tried putting printed letters and numbers under each dome? Could be a cool look.


#14

I’ve tried with my label maker , the colors are so overwhelming that you cannot even see the letters unfortunately


#15

^ Bummer if you drift off the home keys you could end up typing Klingon.


#16

Cool. I think they had labeling on the In A Mirror Darkly bridge buttons.


#17

Now you’ve got me looking around at other clear/transparent keycap scenarios. Fun stuff-



Character printed on the side!-

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#18

Not sure if anyone knows ,but my pi stopped working. It now gets very hot and makes a squealing noise . Do I need to replace it or is it that heat sensitive fuse that resets in a day ?


#19

I wonder how hard it would be to take a keyboard apart and break its layout up into an arc-shape like the bridge controls. Someone should design a qwerty pattern that looks as close to the panels as possible while still being somewhat functional.


#20

Based on this thread I went ahead and purchased a lighted, colored keyboard which I LOVE. It has about a dozen different patterns and you can adjust the intensity of the light. It’s very fun (and cool).