New Guide: IBM PC Keyboard to USB HID with CircuitPython
Jeff Epler has a new guide adapting yet another classic keyboard to modern computers using USB HID and CircuitPython.
This project uses an Adafruit QT Py RP2040 to make an adapter for the classic keyboard of the original IBM PC, an absolute battleship of a keyboard with 83 keys and that distinctive buckling spring sound as you type.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.