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NeXT2USB - Plug your NeXT keyboard into USB
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

drakar: I added some rudimentary mouse support to this branch of the Arduino project a while ago you might be able to use as reference: https://github.com/mgrdcm/USB-NeXT-Keyboard/tree/mouse

Also this work done by a friend of mine might help: http://andromeda.dapyr.net/~degs/nextkeyboard.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks! Already got it running though Smile
It's much less sensitive than a USB mouse, the NeXT values go from about -12 to +12 and USB is -127 to +127. I put an optional sensitivity boost in which sort of helps, that's a personal preference though. People can stick with the default and adjust in their OS to get it feeling right.

Now to write firmware updaters for all of the operating systems...
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is such a cool little unit - thanks, drakar!

Unfortunately I discovered that my NeXT keyboard has a bad 'R' key, so I need to have that fixed. I seem to recall having another one with a bad 'R' key 20+ years ago -- but I threw that one away.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello NeXT community:
I'm taking the connector for test spin on my Mac mini and using it to type this as we speak ....
the mouse is a bit slow on Mac OSX High Sierra but interestingly when I launch Previous the Mouse works great https://youtu.be/MSo2lDnOrpQ, probably just need to dial the mouse in what ever they did on previous works!

Cool stuff!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pulled out all of my NeXT keyboards. Turns out that one has a bad "R" key, one has a bad "." on the numeric keypad, and 3 have the L-shaped enter key. Literally right now -- as I type this -- I am typing on my NeXT keyboard (the one with the bad numeric-keypad "." key). I am LOVING this old keyboard, even though it is taking a little time getting used to because it has no function keys and no right control key (I use software to change the right-alt on my Macs to right-control).

Totally dig it - thanks drakar! So so cool. Great project! I hope you sell bunches of these.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello NeXT community : They are cool, anyone know of a Mac OSX Keyboard mapper that would allow the function keys to map to or handshake with the accountants keypad keys ? Ie f1 = 1 f2 = 2 etc...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhhhh..... I wonder if I could use Karabiner-Elements to remap the numeric keypad to function keys.........
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, Karabiner works perfectly for this. LOVING this device more and more every day. Thanks, drakar!!


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Blessin Black Hole wrote:
Hello NeXT community : They are cool, anyone know of a Mac OSX Keyboard mapper that would allow the function keys to map to or handshake with the accountants keypad keys ? Ie f1 = 1 f2 = 2 etc...

Check out Karabiner or Karabiner-Elements (depends on what version of OS X you are using).

https://pqrs.org
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks I'll give it a go!
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