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AlphaSmart Neo -- 3D keycaps anyone?!

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

The story of Signature Plastics

President Bob Guenser sums up the history of Signature Plastics, creator and manufacturer of keycap profiles like SA and DSA, on occasion of preparing for retirement and searching for buyer candidates.

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.

ZMK: A History

Pete Johanson sums up the early days of ZMK, everyone's favorite wireless first firmware, and looks into the future.

A brief history of keyboard encoding

Daniel shares with us some of the fruits of research into computer keyboard history conducted over recent years. In this case, the surprising variety of methods by which keyboards determined which keys are being pressed.

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.

Morgan Venable and his Svalboard

An interview with Morgan Venable, creator of Svalboard, who talks about his awesome project and the reinvention of the Datahand keyboard.

Mechanical ZX81 keyboard

Brian Swetland published a mechanical keyboard for the legendary ZX81.

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.

Berthold Diatronic

This cool Berthold fototype diatronic typesetting machine was spotted by OnlineLion.

The Two Thirds Keyboard

Inspired by old letterpress type cases, Attoparsec designed a keyboard based on the California Two Thirds layout.

Admiral’s Shark-tastic IBM updates of 2022!

Kali aka Sharktastica, expert and enjoyer of vintage IBM keyboards, looks back at some of the accomplishments and events of the last year.

On collecting and modern keyboard innovation

Thomas, the guy behind the Chyrosran22 YouTube channel, sums up how keyboards changed during the last fifty years and takes a look at the explosion of innovations that have happened in the field over the last few years.

NEC M-System

The NEC M-System was a Japanese input method and a series of word processor keyboards introduced in 1983. Posted by wj-zhe.

Sakhr AX-170

The Sakhr AX-170 is a Z80-based MSX compatible computer from the '80s – posted by gymleader_brock.

Didaktik Gama

A Czechoslovakian Didaktik Gama spotted by themiracy.

Abekas A72

An Abekas A72 digital character generator spotted by drake9800.

Rolitron Rolco-60

The Rolco-60 by Rolitron was a dedicated microcomputer for currency exchange facilities in the early '90s.

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