Most of the kids of the 1980s (and before) will remember the good old days when computers had built-in keyboards, such as the Apple II (which I remember my elementary school having a full supply of, and for playing Oregon Trail), or the Commodore 64 (which my daycare had one). That’ type of form factor has been duplicated by computer case modders many times over the years, but [Preamp]‘s project is the first one that uses the popular Raspberry Pi budget computer. The Raspberry Pi is still popular and picking up momentum with a variety of DIY projects due to how open the hardware is to different operating systems. So if you’re looking for a way to build your own budget, old-school-style, computer-in-a-keyboard with a Raspberry Pi, the German blog [Preamp] shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step.
This DIY build uses a Cherry G80-3000 keyboard, and then “forcefully” stuffs the Raspberry Pi into the back of it. The next step involved a few mods to the case for USB output, an HDMI port, and just about every other plug getting moved to the back side of the keyboard with the help of an Ethernet jack, a USB hub, and RCA jack. Unfortunately, audio is missing, but for an extremely portable system [Preamp]‘s RaspCherry Pi is at the top of its class. The result is, just as you’d expect, your own Commodore 64-style computer stuffed into a keyboard that’s easily transportable to any monitor, any where, wherever available. Head over to [Preamp] –via Google Translate — for the full and complete run-down (that’s fancy talk for “all the instructions”).