Session
FOSDEM Schedule 2021
Retrocomputing

USB for a 1977 Keyboard

D.retro
Jeremy Ouellet (Angel)
<p>The talk will be about how I bought a retro keyboard for a VISTA80 from the Canada Science and Technology museum and reversed engineered it to convert it passively to USB. The VISTA80 was a machine built in Canada and was used to "Create pages of text for cable TV systems or to create running lines of text or titles for television displays."¹ The VISTA80 was manufactured around 1995-1997 and was "One of the first character generators to use a computer chip (Intel 8080A) as a controller"¹.</p> <p>1: https://ingeniumcanada.org/ingenium/collection-research/collection-item.php?id=1992.0451.009</p>

The history of the Vista80

A look inside of the keyboard

The Original circuitry

Prototype

Mapping the matrix

Making the circuit board

Highlights and Lessons learned

I would potentially like to collaborate with the museum to get more information on the device.

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