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AlphaSmart Neo -- 3D keycaps anyone?!

The AlphaSmart Neo scissor-switch membrane keyboard seeks help from modern day keycap designer.

From Boardwalk to Promenade

With the Promenade, Krado Industries tries to resurrect the Boardwalk, an ortho board with 1.5u Ergodox modifiers – and a piece of keyboard history.

1976 Videoton VT-340 keyboard

This beefy keyboard was part of the Videoton VT-340 display terminal, manufactured from 1972. Check out this picture-heavy disassembly post full of surprises.

Hammond 2 typewriter

My latest acquisition is a specimen of the pretty unique Hammond typewriters which comes with non-QWERTY layout and is packed with ingenious features.

NMB Intergraph AQ6

This fancy Intergraph AQ6 is just a rubberdome keyboard, but definitely not your usual membrane one. And it's part of gamedev history.

Siemens T4000 (T4200)

The Siemens T4200 is a kick-ass electronic screen-typewriter system from the '80s with a not less kick-ass keyboard: the Siemens T4000.

Compucolor II

MellowMartian found his uncle's Compucolor II computer from 1979.

Memorex Model 88

A photodump of my latest acquisition, a nice Memorex Model 88 key from 1987.

Honeywell H316 kitchen computer

Some thoughts in defense of the often ridiculed Honeywell H316 kitchen computer.

Philips PMDS / PM 4422 keyboard

I've done my research (including ABBA and Billy Joel) while cleaning a gorgeous 1982 Philips keyboard belonging to a PM 4422 computer.

Livermore's Permutation Typograph

A pocket-sized chording typewriter with six keys by Benjamin Livermore – from the 1850s.

Japanese typewriters

An old write-up on the inner working mechanism and general evolution of Japanese typewriters.

History and QWERTY

A fairly good summary of the early history of typewriters and QWERTY by The History Guy. Posted by shinjikun10.

Project Sphinx

The Project Sphinx is a retrofuturistic concept, the proposed design of a soviet home computer from the '80s. Posted by FractionPrism.

A Brief History of Numlock

A Brief History of Numlock and Arrow Keys by @figmadesign. Posted by charlesatan.

Email anno 1984

Emailing anno 1984 when over seas. Posted by hagr.

A trip down the memory lane

A trip down the memory lane of the custom keyboard community by icelongclaw.

IBM Terminal keyboard from the 70s

An old IBM Terminal keyboard from the 70s posted by Snoo_56172.

World I: an index typewriter

The World Typewriter is an index typewriter from the 1880s. Posted by Sup-Bird.

1986 Japanese Apple 'Mackintosh Plus'

1986 Japanese release of the Apple 'Mackintosh Plus' Keyboard. (M0110AJ). Posted by hewplah.

IBM 5556-005

Full kanji keyboard spotted by whiteknight128.

Split typewriter

Rheinmetall Portable Ergonomic Typewriter from ~1935. Posted by hardboiledbabylon (r/mk).

Optical encoded keyboard

Some nice pics of the Viatron System 21 terminal and its unique keyboard by JereimiahPendergrass (more).

IBM Model M15 Adjustable

IBM Model M15 Adjustable keyboard review by Chyrosran22.

Keypatch by Genest Technologies

The Keypatch AT is an IBM Model F addon from the '80s by Genes Technologies. Presented by LGR (video).

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