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Offline do_Og@n

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Unknown Keyboard Type
« on: Tue, 21 August 2012, 02:24:45 »
I've recently come across a keyboard I can't figure out. It's key caps are MX compatible but they are on what seems to be a rubber dome keyboard.

So as with all things computer peripheral related I turn to the trusty GEEKHACK community.

What the heck is this thing?

Offline dorkvader

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Re: Unknown Keyboard Type
« Reply #1 on: Tue, 21 August 2012, 09:38:11 »
I think Maxi-Switch (the OEM obv.) made some boards with RD's and mx-compatible keycaps. It's not so uncommon. See below:
http://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=34524.0

Offline davkol

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Re: Unknown Keyboard Type
« Reply #2 on: Tue, 21 August 2012, 10:38:49 »
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Re: Unknown Keyboard Type
« Reply #3 on: Tue, 21 August 2012, 21:37:06 »
This approach is used to avoid tooling up custom key caps for proprietary rubber dome designs.

Keycap tooling is extremely expensive, so instead of doing new tools for each key size, you can just tool up an adapter that converts each rubber dome cavity to a Cherry stem.  Cherry keycaps are fairly standardized and relatively easy to source.

The downside to this approach is that it's more expensive.  You have one extra part for each key on the keyboard.

Offline do_Og@n

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Re: Unknown Keyboard Type
« Reply #4 on: Thu, 23 August 2012, 02:36:54 »
WOW...thanks everybody.

Good to know that the keyboard body itself isn't worth much but at least the keycaps are usable.

Have I mentioned that I love this website. ^_^

Offline nullstring

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Re: Unknown Keyboard Type
« Reply #5 on: Thu, 23 August 2012, 02:54:20 »
For what it's worth, BTC keycaps were also cherry compatible.