The Leftovers: PCBs for Wyse and Apple IIc Keycaps
There are quite a few vintage boards that get harvested for switches, but more often than not once the switches are harvested there is very little use for the leftover keycaps. Wyse keyboards (for vintage MX Blacks) and Apple IIc keyboards (for Amber Alps) come to mind. The Apple IIc keycaps are particularly difficult to use because of the lack of 1.25 and 2u keys. But they are a shame to waste as they are very high quality.
So I decided to reach out to Kelvin Hall to see if he could put some PCBs together that make these leftover keycaps useable.
Wyse Guy, Little Wyse Guy, Ortho IIc
Here are the three designs so far. I am very happy with the Wyse-based designs, the Ortho IIc may need more time to percolate.
Little Wyse Guy
These are simple Pro Micro through hole designs with Alps and MX support. Yes if you are crazy enough to try out the Ortho IIc with a nice GMK set be my guest!
I will be posting the Gerbers, KLE JSON, and firmware on Github soon. These have not been properly ported to QMK. I am only just starting to build and test them and used keyboard firmware builder to create the hex files.
Would love to get feedback on the designs.
The Apple IIc keycaps are very tough to deal with. They are low profile keycaps and so look ridiculous in a low-profile case, you have to have a top case for them and it has to be almost 10mm thick . I had to use wood for this since I had no inexpensive plastic or metal options sufficiently thick.