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Title: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: chanceman42069 on Wed, 04 October 2017, 05:38:38
Hey everybody!

I've made a BT-USB-Hybrid controller for the popular Model M keyboard for no hassle, drop-in replacement. It's available on Ebay.de, but I'm also offering it outside of Ebay (at a discount). I currently (still) lack the privileges to start a new thread/subforum in the Artisan/Vendor section on GH, I hope it's 'legal' to post a link to my Ebay listing on here. (I find GH's rules and regulation very complicated indeed.)
I've already started a similar thread on Deskthority, but lest GH prohibits linking to enemy territory, I will leave up to anybody if they wanna go find it or not.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/152711015829

Here's a list of some basic features:


International shipping as a registered letter (with tracking).

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions, I will be glad to answer them to the fullest of my capability.
Bitte zögern Sie nicht, mich zu kontaktieren, wenn Sie Fragen haben.
S'il vous plaît, n'hesitez pas de me contacter si vous auriez de questions.

You can find a video presentation of a converted device here:

Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: prokeycaps on Wed, 11 October 2017, 23:42:35
bump ;D
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: Jukbo on Wed, 07 March 2018, 10:47:16
Hi, I'm new to geekhack forum. I got registered just because I'm interested in your interface. I want to buy one directly from you. Could you please contact me?

Thanks!

Jukbo
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: nathanchere on Mon, 19 March 2018, 08:20:06
Why does this not have more (or any) love? This is one of the best model M projects ever IMO. I wish you had these before I sold my model M's .
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: chanceman42069 on Tue, 27 March 2018, 12:53:07
Why does this not have more (or any) love? This is one of the best model M projects ever IMO. I wish you had these before I sold my model M's .

Thanks, I appreciate it. As to why it doesn't get more love, I don't know. Too expensive perhaps. It doesn't exactly qualify as a 'community' project I suppose. Then again, many Model M enthusiasts are quite capable of brewing their own, while others are older dudes who've been using that board since it came out and may not be appreciative of modifications of this nature.

On a sidenote, what do you mean by 'love'? More replies? It is kind of puzzling though: although this thread has been viewed more than 5000 times, I've only received like 3 enquiries regarding this project. Things are looking much better on DT, I gotta admit. :(
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: osrix on Mon, 25 June 2018, 17:45:18
Wish Id seen this before now, I'll get one if I ever *finally* get myself an SSK!  for now handheld scientific box is doing well but nowhere near as slick as this. Love it B) Also I dont know if you would or not, but I could really do with one of the Bt bridge dongles , my wife doesnt have privilege enough to use a BT keyboard on her work machine so a dongle like this would be great for her. 
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: chanceman42069 on Mon, 23 July 2018, 08:00:37
This thread has been viewed 9465 (!!!) times - and so far I've only received a handful of enquiries (any kind of enquiry, not solely commercial). How is this possible? Who or what is causing the views counter to increase so rapidly while there doesn't seem to be a lot of real human interest in this thread at all? Beats me!
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: osrix on Mon, 23 July 2018, 08:29:30
if maybe like me, then read the post take a look on ebay. I would say it is a tood price for the work involved for you to develop a product. I have a BT ps2 adapter from handheld scientific which lasts 2 hrs when plugged into the Model M.  From what I read your design doesnt suffer like this and so is of interest to me :)

Im now waiting to find an SSK before I buy from you. maybe stuff like that for most people. I love what youve done here and want to support, Bought a bridge from you another great solution!     
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: anthorix on Thu, 26 July 2018, 13:40:35
This thread has been viewed 9465 (!!!) times - and so far I've only received a handful of enquiries (any kind of enquiry, not solely commercial). How is this possible? Who or what is causing the views counter to increase so rapidly while there doesn't seem to be a lot of real human interest in this thread at all? Beats me!

maybe cus wireless things are common for portable lightweight objects and a model M isnt gonna see much transportation so its kind of a mismatched feature.
Title: Re: [Ebay.de] IBM Model M Bluetooth-USB-Hybrid Controller Replacement Kit
Post by: chanceman42069 on Mon, 30 July 2018, 19:01:30
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maybe cus wireless things are common for portable lightweight objects and a model M isnt gonna see much transportation so its kind of a mismatched feature.

yes, I agree. Broadly speaking, it doesn't make much sense. The controller design is not limited to the Model M though. I actually wanted a universal keyboard controller with both a USB and a BT interface to build custom compact size Alps keyboards. The Model M is just the first real application for my design - because (at least at the time) no other replacement controller project for M-series keyboards featured BT by default, not even TMK. Hasu wrote somewhere on GH that it could be added, but not easily. BT is still a worthwhile feature for Model M SSK owners because it will free up even more space on the desk since there will no longer be an need to use a heav coiled PS/2 cable.

Jfyi, I'm not upset about poor sales, I'm just puzzled why there is such a significant discrepancy between the number of visits and the number of replies. If a thread has been viewed 10,000 times you would expect more people to have left a comment or anything. For comparison, the attached picture has only 630 clicks. I suppose some kind of bot or spider or whatnot is causing the thread view counter to increase steadily, not human activity.