Keyboard hack(saw)ing

A project log for Star Citizen Rapid Access Panel

Making an input controller with extra buttons for games.

martijnMartijn 12/27/2015 at 23:290 Comments

I had another idea for creating more input buttons for PC games. And I made a new prototype or rather a proof of concept. I went to the recycling store, got me a nice old keyboard, and started this build without a set plan.

In Star Citizen there are a number of functions bound to the numpad, but those would also be nice to have near the left hand. And my throttle-keyboard-mouse-joystick setup is a bit too wide, so I decided to check if it would be nice to have a numpad near my left hand. Here is a very fast and short recap:

Here is the long version; A 4 hour playlist on my youtube channel.

The new trick I learned is gluing ABS with a slurry of acetone and ABS filings. (Not 100% sure the keyboard is made of ABS, but I think it is) It kinda works OK if you don't heat it afterwards.