RetroBSD is UNIX running on PIC32 and this is a board I designed for it, evolving into tiny computer
This project was created on 03/28/2014 and last updated 5 months ago.
Well... four months since last update... the time flies. Brian Benchoff asked about the new keyboard layout, so here is my quick and dirty "drawing" in LibreOffice Calc.
When Q key is pressed, there is contact on between pins 1 and 6. After pressing J, between 9 and 14. You got the idea.
It is not very likely to obtain the keyboard outside Czech or Slovakia, though Brian got this keyboard in Apex electronics, LA. However, I managed to get my hands on a few pieces of those keyboards, so I'll be able to source it to interested builders, if any.
Well, there was no progress for a few weeks, but recently I got into it again. I had nice few evenings with FreeCad (I'm total beginner in 3D modelling) and designed first revision of a case. It looks like this
Kind of classical, laptop-like case. Total size is 22x9x2,7cm when closed.
Unfortunately, it is two centimeters bigger in size than printable area of my 3D printer and I can't make it much smaller due to keyboard size. Time to get bigger 3D printer! :-)
I'll publish design files on Monday morning.
Though I'm quite busy with my sc-fi contest project, I'm doing this small log.
I got my hands on a few of those sweet vintage keyboards. This is product of former Czecho-Slovakian company named Tesla, I believe it is as old as I am, approximately. I have a few dozens of them, with option to have more. I'm going to base my new BSD laptop on this keyboard.
There are two color variations. I have lots of the red variant, only two pieces of orange variant.