Doing a necrobump on this one; I hope to stimulate more discussion.
[Actually my big motive is to get Ezrahiliyer to think about a bluetooth mod, plus get more people discussing the latest state of bluetooth tech and modding, because I really want to do this mod too but don't want to wind up wasting money.]
other resources on this:
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=19104.0 <- my fav.
I have looked at those threads, and have even posted a thread myself about doing a bluetooth mod: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=63336.msg1484042#msg1484042
looking for interest in doing one of my conversions, but there was only one reply. In short, I can add bluetooth functionality using the adafruit blue fruit radio, and a small discrete pairing button on the back. ( I don't like the large blinking one) I would need a soarers, a blue fruit, a charging module, a LiPo batt, and a bulkhead connector (for charging and possibly for reprogramming the soarer) plus a small panel mount button.
I haven't done one yet because of two reasons: 1 is that I am kept pretty busy just doing the regular model M conversions and Apple Alps conversions, so until I open my online store (which i am working on) and am able to devote more time to these projects, I just haven't had the incentive to do bluetooth yet. ( I do want to do atleast one of my own boards in bluetooth because I use a laptop with it, and would like to have that USB port free.
The other reason that I haven't done it, is by the time I buy all those supplies they add about $50 to the raw materials needed for the keyboard, so that would have to go on top of the price. Plus the extra work. I'm just not sure how many people would be willing to drop $200+Shipping on a Bluetooth Model M.
The solution that I would like to get to is what this thread was: https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=19104.0
I am working on my own design for a drop in bluetooth controller, and also a drop in USB controller. I will be making them and selling them in my online store, but that will take some time to implement.
Right now my keyboard restorations take about 1/8th of my total 'work time' and I am going to drop something I don't enjoy as much to bring my available time up to about 1/4 or 1/3, so that way I will have more time to work on these boards, and to build my new site into a place for people to come buy restored Model Ms, Fs, and Apple Alps boards. Also I will be selling certain journaling and art supplies, and also one of my other passions is vintage film cameras.
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Sorry to go off on tangents like that. In short: I would love to build a bluetooth Model M, if you want one, PM me and we can discuss prices and exactly what options you are looking for, but I probably won't make one without a reasonable expectation that I will sell it.