New Guide: Commodore Keyboard to USB HID with CircuitPython
Do you have fond memories of 80s computers with unorthodox keyboard layouts and a feel that can never be duplicated? Do you want to use a vintage keyboard on a modern computer? Or would you just like a sneak peek at how to use asyncio and keypad together in CircuitPython 8? If any of these things is true, Jeff Epler‘s new guide is just for you:
In this guide, you’ll see how to adapt a Commodore 16 keyboard for use on modern computers using CircuitPython and an Adafruit KB2040 microcontroller board.
The techniques in this guide may also be helpful in converting other classic keyboards that use a key matrix. The keypad.KeyMatrix class in CircuitPython makes this task actually quite simple.
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