[NTLK] An experiment to illuminate the keyboard on an eMate 300.

L.W. Brown lwb at mac.com
Sat Nov 10 17:44:24 EST 2018


Awesome look!

-L.W. Brown
via 6s+

> On Nov 10, 2018, at 10:15, Maury Estabrooks <maurye at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> It worked !
> 
> I spent a good four hours with an Apple Newton eMate 300 and an idea to add an optional LED light for night time keyboarding use. 
> 
> The eMate arrived the night before with a stylus, but no power supply. Rather than test operability, I tested a theory first and proceeded to disassemble the eMate 300 without a tear down manual.
> 
> I had previously purchased a AAA battery operated (4.5V) pair of LED reading lights made for a parent/child reading session. The activation buttons had three settings of OFF/LOW/HIGH.
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> The LED light can be purchased through www.withitgear.com The part number is: R-M&M-002-003-WB-01
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> It retails for $19.89. I paid $9.98 at Target in the clearance bin. 
> 
> After installation behind the translucent case, I broke out the low voltage power regulator and tested my work. Perfect! It works well. The activation buttons protrude slightly on the top of the case. 
> 
> The lights will eventually be powered by a pair of coin sized batteries.
> 
> On to sourcing a power supply for the eMate 300. 
> Here’s a link to “backlit_eMate300.JPG” in my Dropbox:
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> https://www.dropbox.com/s/ublq55l2pvm7i5c/backlit_eMate300.JPG?dl=0
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> 
> It is not obsolete until I say it is
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