Geeky DIY: Typewriter computer keyboard

On June 15, 2009, in Gadgets, Geeky, by KLS

Here’s something abit more radical to start you off with your week. Everytime we stumble over Instructables we find something great, this time we’ve found this geeky DIY which turned an old IBM electric typewriter into a fully working computer keyboard.

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I certainly remember having one of these around the house when I was growing up but I never thought it would be of any more use since PCs came along. Maybe now is the time to get it out, instead of taking it down to the museum!

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I have to agree with the creator of this genius project though, is it a typewriter that’s a computer keyboard? Or is it a computer keyboard that’s a typewriter? If you’re prepared to sacrifice your old antique then hit the jump and find out what you’ll need to setup this cool, geeky project.

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We often feature case mods here on GadgetLite no matter game consoles or PCs but not all the time do you get to find out how they are done. Here what we just stumbled across is a computer case mod in the form of a (suit)case, very geeky! Though it may not seem to be very realistic and a number of issues will arise such as poor heat ventilation (especially if you plan on cramming a server into it like the modder plans to!).

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If the UK was as sunny as it is today on everyday then I believe this DIY would be ideal for Nintendo DS gamers. User dark sponge from Instructables, figured out a way in which after some wiring, some soldering of a few miniature solar panels you won’t ever need to recharge your NDS’ battery again. Yes, the NDS’ battery is pretty long lasting and can last up to hours on its own anyway, but wouldn’t it be cool if your NDS could be played while it was absorbing the essence of solar rays for power?

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Some kids these days can be so keen when it comes to DIY, sometimes more so than adults themselves and this is an excellent example of that. Over at instructables, we just stumbled across this really useful and unique DIY which in my opinion would be greatly appreciated by cyclists who too enjoy abit of DIY for their rides. This 13-year old has designed signal lights which flashes as the cyclist riding the bike turns, that way cars from behind not only sees a bike ahead but also knows the cyclist is about to turn.

Hope the embedded code below works ok for you (might not work 100% in feeds though):

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It’s almost that time of the year, back to school once again but before all that summer fun vanishes completely, here’s a little something to boost your fun factor and to get prepared for your first day back. If you’ve got an old NES lying around, maybe it’s your dads’ first game console, you might want to ask for his permission before doing this little DIY.

As you can see, this trick turns the old NES’s boxed shape plastic case into an attractive geeky lunchbox, it’s a great idea, it’s large in size, holds all your snacks and it really doesn’t require much tool to convert. In fact nothing that you don’t already have lying around at home. Here are some pics to check out…

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If you’re dead serious about Batman, err the Dark Knight then you’ll like this. Putting the batman spotlight on youself with your very own lamp right next to your PC with this easy to create USB gadget. You don’t necessarily need to have a gigawatt three phase power supply, all you have is a measly little 5V USB, though you won’t be able to summon the help of the Caped Crusader, you will be able to summon a few jealous friends!

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Geeks like us are always coming up with new ways to keep ourselves away from anywhere else in the house except at the desktop next to our beloved PC. Here we have another, rather extreme example that I wouldn’t have done, but someone did decide that they needed to cook while sitting at their PC. Their are also instructions published on how to do it over at Instructables (follow the link at the end of the post if you’re interested). The USB frying pan here in the picture, seems to cook rather well in the video, it does appear to take some time to heat up, I would say it looks rather dangerous and probably makes your room and computer all smelly and oily if you decided to fry something up? Might want to consider covering up the keyboard with a keyboard napkin if you want to keep things from getting all greasy!

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