Author Topic: Medical Purpose Unicomp ?  (Read 414 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline LineReaderUltimate

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Location: Somewhere in the Western United States
  • A guy who reads the terms of service every time..
Medical Purpose Unicomp ?
« on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 00:34:36 »
I was looking for Model Ms on Ebay and came across this odd little keyboard. From what I can find, this keyboard is one of many variants of the model M known as the M4-1. It's interesting in the fact that it looks like it was used for medical purposes and the fact that it's made by Unicomp. This raises the question about how Unicomp made these boards; since the only ones that I can see were made by IBM/Lexmark. Also, why aren't they selling these today if they have already made them previously? Here is the link https://www.ebay.com/itm/Unicomp-IBM-M4-1-98U0150-Compact-Keyboard-and-Trackpoint-Defective-AS-IS/264846917380?_trkparms=ispr%3D1&hash=item3daa1b3f04:g:-wgAAOSwh19fSZIs&enc=AQAFAAACYBaobrjLl8XobRIiIML1V4Imu%2Fn%2BzU5L90Z278x5ickkXKoKcbeZcOrOku%2BoOBl%2BS2dMV4pXARzhRWFcyU8CDvpC5HkDOSnrT8VLNA8k0np5FHA5DYKQmFrUSnTcQrpVbYRKY6PMHsH3nOjjGhwZZmeAk5OBZl7UaLPDgtQ%2BVbipdOFZW1G%2FgAoG9CAePelgixpxZx7MnXPcrDwyT1%2BjxM1%2Fd4q%2FZp0cX%2B89S6FA6m1DbNSnw3RSgNpMkb%2FtkyBeMiTjiYVW1rS%2F2hsdXR03nVL9lIGfi6q6%2BJcG8qvuupkXCOXq2vjR7esbqm6Vu%2BjY0VRFXmgKcx54t9NOkmxY73vo4zJ9iRCvj1J%2BfoevhiPOGAXWOd4%2FDa16CR%2BFE8KavanZyQsPwFDE0a441Q%2FdIdOUHP9X0ZJiTpA%2Beo5ngKb9zYJVI6FFSePamAM7HqIiPoL%2BcWrk4J60fmd53h8dcyymq14LIx16L0DFgVYcLH4l9eEZJMQXXQfOwO2AyVS29%2BKbHN6RPYpyi7rk7zIfmuDP%2B9JfIeIcXCseV0Cwb%2B4Z4XDKX64Hwue1iHpEsFcsa0hFLGiUhOX5tcycQNTkAH5mZw%2FA7MrKHLgX%2Bdhaf7nE%2BHmDTqEqurFI9U8vo9uhC3Wqk9xZ9apbiI%2FSQoJBTjkqNUJyyaaxQh68ONkQmRsdjE34Q3WERZLPnBvvgQk8bEKfrgns%2FO6%2FgQUEia9SOXP2Uq7QkCVTKkj%2BOhnwXhlvsYxij04zXoMDbw8J2d%2Foretnh5TU43FcJ7DKx%2BgS74xpVISajvaEIRX0J8H5MHlu&checksum=2648469173802ae39b3941774f148206b89929d79e22

Does anybody know what this went with and how it was used? I am curious to find out. -Thanks

Offline LineReaderUltimate

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Location: Somewhere in the Western United States
  • A guy who reads the terms of service every time..
Re: Medical Purpose Unicomp ?
« Reply #1 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 00:40:54 »
Here are some photos just in case this thing gets bought (highly doubt it but just to be safe).

Online yui

  • Posts: 354
  • Location: 127.0.0.1 (in azerty)
Re: Medical Purpose Unicomp ?
« Reply #2 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 00:43:13 »
from what i understand of the history of Unicomp they bought the molds from Lexmark and used them until they could not produce anything good anymore, then they made new molds for the M and M122 and created the ultra classic M, i guess those were not in high enough demand to make new molds, or maybe they still have the molds lying around. if you want one new you could send them a mail and ask, they seem very ready to answer and even seem to make low number special batches sometimes so could be worth a shot.

reading there it seems to be rubber dome: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=9964.0
and the mechanism seems to wear out with time so it may be why there was not much demand for them, especially that unicomp's rubber domes are quite different from IBM rubber domes

and someone made sort of a "wiki" entry for it https://imgur.com/a/jZ7dU
« Last Edit: Wed, 16 September 2020, 00:53:20 by yui »
vi vi vi - the roman number of the beast (Plan9 fortune)

Offline LineReaderUltimate

  • Thread Starter
  • Posts: 4
  • Location: Somewhere in the Western United States
  • A guy who reads the terms of service every time..
Re: Medical Purpose Unicomp ?
« Reply #3 on: Wed, 16 September 2020, 01:02:53 »
Interesting, very odd why they decided to make this keyboard in the first place and it now makes sense why it's no longer sold (an unpopular rubber dome keyboard). But the question of where this thing came from is still uncertain, since it had to have been from some type of purpose-built device judging by the labels. I hope someone could shine some light on what this was used for
« Last Edit: Wed, 16 September 2020, 01:16:49 by LineReaderUltimate »