[NTLK] newt keyboard USB adapter

joe kallo quietglow at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 08:06:49 EDT 2012

So it turns out there is a serial to usb app for android:


I have no idea if something can be done with that to give the rest of the
device the output from the keyboard, but it seems worth exploring.

That said, my goal was to end up using an original 2X00 case that holds the
keyboard. At this point, it would also have to hold a keyspan adapter as
well as a microusb/usb OTG adapter. That's starting to sound like a whole
lot of stuff to squeeze into the case (not to mention that it looks a
little cobbled. I wonder if I could splice a mini-usb onto a newton
keyboard cable. The keyspan adapter itself had no firmware (i.e. it
depended all on software) right? If so, the physical device was essentially
just acting as a splice anyway.

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 6:00 AM, Morgan Aldridge
<morgant at makkintosshu.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Andrei Chichak <newton at chichak.ca>
> wrote:
> >
> > On 2012-September-13, at 10:03 AM, joe kallo wrote:
> >
> >>  I do know that android is able to use a
> >> standard USB keyboard if you plug one in, so making the arundino
> converter
> >> for android would not involve smashing anything.
> >
> > That sounds like it would work, it would just need a lot of reading of
> old Apple documents, being handy with chips and C programming, and patients.
> I'm surprised that there are not already USB-to-Serial adapter drivers
> for Android, honestly, so it may be worth looking around. The solution
> could either be implemented with arduino, as in the example, which
> would provide you with a plug-n-play solution on any platform or, if
> there are USB-to-Serial drivers for Android and you want to stay in
> Android-land, you could implement a Newton serial keyboard input
> server. One such solution has already been implemented for Mac OS 7.x
> - 9.x and the translation bits would probably be useful in porting:
> <http://www.sarnau.info/software:newton_keyboard_enabler>
> Morgan
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joseph kallo
quietglow at gmail.com

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