How to turn Apple’s best keyboard into a fully-functional PC

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You can turn your Apple Extended Keyboard into a full computer. Photo: University of Chicago
You can turn your Apple Extended Keyboard into a full computer. Photo: University of Chicago

We never cease to be amazed at all the amazing DIY projects that Mac fans do with old Apple hardware. Case in point: see this vintage Apple Extended Keyboard? It’s not hooked to a computer. It is a computer, thanks to the embedded Rapsberry Pi inside.

You’ve probably heard of the Raspbery Pi. A hobbyist item that can be purchased for as little as $20, the Raspberry Pi is a dirt cheap micro-computer aimed at modders that is little more than a circuit board with a CPU, some RAM, and a few ports. But unprepossessing as it is, people do awesome things with the Raspberry Pi.

This Apple Extended Keyboard is no exception. Created by modder Ezra Hilyer, this Apple Extended Keyboard has a Raspberry Pi B+ inside. It runs Linux, but all he needs to do is take this Apple Extended Keyboard with him and Hilyer has a computer, no matter where he goes.

Got an old Apple Extended Keyboard around you want to try this with? Check out Hilyer’s step-by-step guide at the link below.

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Via: Geek

  • thisguy

    Or, you can buy a cheap laptop and have a million times more portability and power.

  • Bob Dorak

    But where would the fun be in that? Take a look at the pictures of the mod, and look at the right hand side of the picture, there is a Haswell MBA sitting there. It wasn’t done to replace a laptop or for the power, it was done to have a promarily CLI based computer for writing in Emacs and doing gmail in Mutt.

  • drdaz

    It’s a cool mod and all, but…

    “all he needs to do is take this Apple Extended Keyboard with him and Hilyer has a computer, no matter where he goes.”

    I’m writing this from my iPhone.

    • BizarreFoodie

      Geek cred, not off-the-shelf. You’re missing the point.

      • drdaz

        I’m not missing the point. I’m not the one who claimed that this project had a real world, practical use as a portable computer.

        I respect the mod, as I said.

  • redheeler

    I’d rather mod it to use as a keyboard with my iMac, it’s so much better to type on than Apple’s current keyboards.

  • Its really cool and something different for all of us. Need to try this keyboard soon to examine how much it is close to the fully functional PC.