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Travel back to the 1980's with this original Sinclair ZX Spectrum converted to work as a fully functional USB keyboard with a Raspberry pi installed.

Inside I have a new replacement membrane and USB controller board which transforms the Spectrum's keyboard into a USB keyboard which drives the Raspberry pi.

The Spectrum has 40 rubber keys, but through use of 'Caps Shift' and 'Symbol Shift' keys, I have mapped most of the main keys you would need.

The keyboard operates in two modes are available, the default is to map they keys to whatever is printed on the Spectrum keys. The alternative is direct mapping where each key press is passed directly to the PC, which is better for emulators, or if you want to remap the keys in software. The mode (direct / remapped) can now be changed by pressing a button on the rear of the Spectrum case. I've also added a click sound when a key is pressed. The original Spectrum did this, and it does make it easier to type. This is disabled in the direct mode as the emulators also makes the click sound.

Space is at a premium inside the Spectrum, but there are various ways a Raspberry Pi can be fitted in. These are now available with the Raspberry PI Zero with an 8GB SD card preloaded with Raspian.

I can customise the layout to your requirements, and have the SD card externally accessible or the audio and composite video instead, or a number of other options. Contact me or click the 'request a custom order' above to discuss the options further.

I repair and refurbish a lot of classic 1980's computers, but every now and then, I get ones that cannot be repaired. This is a way of giving them a new life. I only make these from dead computers, no working Spectrum's were harmed in the making of these keyboards!

Please note, the original units are 30+ years old, so there may be the odd mark or scratch, but nothing too bad.

Other computers are listed in my shop, and I hope to list more in the future, please contact me for further information or requests.

This was reviewed in Micro Mart magazine issue 1341. It was awarded Editor's Choice and a score of 9/10.

Raspberry Pi inside Sinclair ZX Spectrum USB Keyboard and USB Joystick port

£250.00
VAT included (where applicable). 

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Upcycled computers, Raspberry Pi
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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