NeXT2USB - Plug your NeXT keyboard into USB

Started by drakar, December 29, 2017, 03:11:55 pm

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drakar

As I was working with keyboard protocols and building some electronics I thought it'd be fun to make a little adapter so that I could use the NeXT non-ADB keyboard (and its excellent Alps switches) on a modern system.

Plug your non-ADB keyboard in one side, USB in the other, and you've got a USB keyboard! The volume keys work too.

Available at https://drakware.com



I'm also working on one for ADB and a device to do the opposite - plug USB peripherals into a NeXT system.

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Rob Blessin Black Hole

Hello: I'm interested in reselling them , you can PM. Is there is discount for 10? Best regards Rob Blessin
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eagle

Awesome.  Just placed an order.  I had been wanting one of these:

https://learn.adafruit.com/usb-next-keyboard-with-arduino-micro/overview

but I am happy to buy yours instead. :)

Thanks!

Can't wait to check it out.
My NeXTs:
NeXT Computer prototype (68030-25 x2, 68040-25)
Two NeXTstations (68040-25)
All mono

Rob Blessin Black Hole

I'm also working on one for ADB and a device to do the opposite - plug USB peripherals into a NeXT system.[/quote]


To let you know there is the Wombat from Big Mess of Wires , it works good but competition is always great and I would happily buy yours as well.

I have a ton of NeXT ADB keyboards and NeXT ADB Mice.


Best Regards Rob Blessin
Rob Blessin President computerpowwow ebay  sales@blackholeinc.com http://www.blackholeinc.com
303-741-9998 Serving the NeXT Community  since 2/9/93

drakar

The first two are on their way! Let me know how they work for you.

krazycat

Cool project, congrats! I am happy to buy one, If you ships to Europe  :)

drakar

I can certainly ship to Europe, it does cost a little more though.

eagle

I should have asked, but I assume they work on a Mac. :)
My NeXTs:
NeXT Computer prototype (68030-25 x2, 68040-25)
Two NeXTstations (68040-25)
All mono

krazycat

Quote from: "eagle"I should have asked, but I assume they work on a Mac. :)

Same question, I have only a Mac at home...

drakar

Yep! Anything that can use a USB keyboard should work. I've tested on Windows, Linux, and Mac.

Rob Blessin Black Hole

Hello Drak: Did you design the PCB , very cool stuff , I can hardly wiait to try this , will a NeXT NON ADB Mouse plugged into the NeXT NON ADB  keyboard work as well?

Best regards Rob Blessin
Rob Blessin President computerpowwow ebay  sales@blackholeinc.com http://www.blackholeinc.com
303-741-9998 Serving the NeXT Community  since 2/9/93

drakar

Yes, this is all my design after lots of research into the keyboard protocol.

Right now the mouse won't do anything but it could work with a firmware update. I also plan to add a way to customize the key map. Users will just have to download the new firmware and run a little update program.

eagle

My NeXTs:
NeXT Computer prototype (68030-25 x2, 68040-25)
Two NeXTstations (68040-25)
All mono

Rob Blessin Black Hole

Quote from: "drakar"Yes, this is all my design after lots of research into the keyboard protocol.

Right now the mouse won't do anything but it could work with a firmware update. I also plan to add a way to customize the key map. Users will just have to download the new firmware and run a little update program.


This would be great as I have a lot of NeXT Keyboards with different language layouts and a working mouse would be awesome! including Italian, French, German, Spanish and Kanji.  I would be more than happy to loan any of them to you if needed or beta test the key mapping firmware when ready.

I think the layouts are under preferences on NeXTSTEP .

Best regards Rob Blessin
Rob Blessin President computerpowwow ebay  sales@blackholeinc.com http://www.blackholeinc.com
303-741-9998 Serving the NeXT Community  since 2/9/93