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Vintage Apple M0116 Adb Keyboard For Mac

 

The Apple Keyboard is a keyboard designed by Apple Inc. First for the Apple line, then the Macintosh line of computers. Dozens of models have been released over time, including the Apple Extended Keyboard.Currently, Apple offers only three keyboards via Bluetooth: Magic Keyboard (silver only), and Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (silver or space gray). At the Vintage Computer Festival East 9.1, I picked up what is regarded as being one of the best keyboards Apple ever produced: the M0116 'Apple keyboard' with salmon Alps switches. It's much smaller than my Model M, but it still feels really, really good to type on. The only problem is the ADB interface. Here's how you convert it to USB. This item New ADB Keyboard & Trackball for Apple Macintosh - Mouse Mac IIGS Track Ball Adseeo Tru-for 3500 2.4GHz Wireless Ergonomic Trackball Keyboard for Win 8/7/Vista/XP (WKB-3500UB), Black Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo, FENIFOX USB Slim 2.4G Wireless Keyboard Mouse Full-Size Ergonomic Compact with Number Pad for Laptop PC Computer.

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During the development of the greatest member of the Apple II family, the Apple IIgs, someone suggested to [Woz] that a sort of universal serial bus was needed for keyboards, mice, trackballs, and other desktop peripherals. [Woz] disappeared for a time and came back with something wonderful: a protocol that could be daisy-chained from keyboard to a graphics tablet to a mouse. This protocol was easily implemented on a cheap microcontroller, provided 500mA to the entire bus, and was used for everything from license dongles to modems.

Vintage Apple M0116 Adb Keyboard For Mac

Vintage Apple M0116 Adb Keyboard For Macbook

The Apple Desktop Bus, or ADB, was a decade ahead of its time, and was a mainstay of the Mac platform until Apple had the courage to kill it off with the iMac. Download them all for mac. At that time, an industry popped up overnight for ADB to USB converters. Even today, there’s a few mechanical keyboard aficionados installing Teensies in their favorite input devices to give them a USB port.

While plugging an old Apple keyboard into a modern computer is a noble pursuit — this post was written on an Apple M0116 keyboard with salmon Alps switches — sometimes you want to go the other way. Wouldn’t it be cool to use a modern USB mouse and keyboard with an old Mac? That’s what [anthon] thought, so he developed the ADB Busboy.

The ADB Busboy is the exact opposite of [tmk]’s ADB to USB converter firmware for the Teensy. Instead of turning an old ADB keyboard into a USB device, [anthon]’s ADB Busboy turns USB keyboards and mice into ADB devices. Now, every USB keyboard and mouse is compatible with almost every Macintosh ever made, save for the 128, 512, Mac Plus, PowerBook 150, and arguably a few other portable models.

Vintage Apple M0116 Adb Keyboard For Macbook Air

Why would anyone want to do this? Because it’s neat. Check out the animated thing [anthon] made:

There’s no release for the ADB Busboy quite yet. [anthon] still needs to implement and test a few features, design a PCB, an enclosure, and hopefully sell these USB to ADB converters to some nerds who have far too many old computers in their basement. They’re collector’s items, get off my back.

Vintage Apple M0116 Adb Keyboard For Macbook Pro

[anthon] has a site up where he’ll eventually announce this project’s release. You can sign up for an email alert when that happens.