I bought an Atari 800xl for nearly nothing, thinking I'd gut it and try the DIY project of converting it to a USB keyboard. I then found "Teensy" online, as well as someone doing this with many 80's computers:https://www.etsy.com/listing/150436476/ ... b-keyboard
This may be an idea for a future device made by Lotharek and I'll start with my favorite computer as the example: How feasible is it to make the Atari 800xl perform as a USB keyboard, but WITHOUT gutting it's internals to render it merely as one? In theory, could a fully functional 800xl ALSO serve as a PC keyboard? Here are my concepts (though admittedly, I don't understand the tech mechanisms/limitations of an XL to know if ANY are possible):
Concept 1. INTERNAL
Unplugging the XL keyboard's ribbon cable from the mobo, and inserting it into some new middleman controller where a shorter cable goes in to the mobo, but also this middleman outputs what it needs as a USB keyboard. I imagine it may need a toggle switch to choose which functionality.
Concept 2. EXTERNAL
Ideally, one would not have to mod the XL's sleek plastic case. Perhaps the path to success is a new updated SIO2USB device (or make use of that PBI) and PC drivers?
Concept 3. Atari Bluetooth
Those tiny Bluetooth USB 'cufflinks'... maybe a modchip or external connection. I can't even imagine the added joy of having a WIRELESS 800xl keyboard for a media center, haha!
Is any of this even possible? That link is interesting as none of the keyboards look like they require external power cables. I'd guess any wireless concept would require a battery solution. Well, if nothing else, I hope you like my pipe dream.