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First AmiKey prototypes

First AmiKey prototypes have arrived earlier this week! They were mainly made to check that everything fits and to check that the 0.6mm thick PCB will be suitable. It fits, but a few holes have to be moved a little. I will probably also choose a 0.4mm thick PCB for the next prototypes. While 0.6mm is fine, you could use slightly longer screws to keep the metal back firmly in place.

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Start of AmiKey project

I have recently repaired three Amiga 500/500+ computers and they all have damaged keyboard membranes. One membarne was salvaged using conductive silver paint, but two could not be repaired. I could of course order a new membrane, but they cost around 35 EUR. I understand where this price comes from, but for two membranes I can buy a fully functioning Amiga 500. So yeah, I think they are expensive. PCB membranes are also available, but the cost is about the same. So there is probably no way to repair Amiga keyboards cheaply … Or maybe there is?

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