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Paradox Keyboard
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Published: January 12, 2009
© 2009 - 2019 ParadoxTentacles
My Neo-Victorian Keyboard.

Featured on my blog at www.TheTentacleParadox.com

Ive always been a fan of mini sized keyboards for Ive never use the number pad thats typically on the right side. I also always hated the way traditional technology looks in contrast to all the antique furniture that adorns my home, so I always had keyboards hidden in drawers. So with this, my first SteamPunk keyboard project uses a mini USB keyboard measuring 12.5″ x 6″. This project took me well over a month to complete, with most of the time used on modifying the keyboard and typewriter keys.

Almost 2 full sets of vintage Typewriter keys were used along with a hand carved wooden space bar! The frame was carved from wood, and functional colored LED indicator lights were added to designate Caps Lock, Number Lock, and Scroll Lock activation. This keyboard has been designed so that if for some reason, the electronics ever malfunction or breaks, a replacement keyboard’s internals can be swapped out fairly easily and cheaply. The completed keyboard types very smoothly and I can touch type on it with no problems!
Image size
4000x3000px 1.68 MB
Canon PowerShot G9
Shutter Speed
1/8 second
Focal Length
7 mm
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Date Taken
Oct 24, 2008, 5:50:02 PM
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Torivic's avatar
TorivicHobbyist Digital Artist
I would love to have this.... Do you know where to buy it  ?
BloodshedSabre's avatar
It's custom built...
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AshleyDaGreatHobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's cool!
otherland78's avatar
wow that´s a cool keyboard :-) and interesting fusion between old type writers and our new plastik keyboards ;-)
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KalkosHobbyist Writer
I'm rather enthralled. I want one of my own... Do you make them for others? I imagine it wouldn't necessarily be cheap. But it would be worth it...
drakenimmortal's avatar
Impressive work, the mix of vintage and modern...a great balance.
Thanks for sharing
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Thowell3Hobbyist General Artist
I would love to get one of these things.
edenchanges's avatar
That's fabulous!
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HerrKommendantHobbyist General Artist
Kind of Steampunk ;), awesome!
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BondubrasHobbyist Artist
Dear santa...
cassandra667's avatar
wow. dose that actually work? very cool, i want one.
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WingDiamondHobbyist General Artist
:icontitanicplz: ... Now with Wi-Fi access!
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EeniProfessional General Artist
This is awesome, and the fact the it works makes it EPIC!
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rebeccaWaveHobbyist Artist
i want it!
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IlleanderHobbyist Digital Artist
I love the wooden spacebar!
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MerrillsLeatherHobbyist Artisan Crafter
awesome, thank you for sharing it with us
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SlavicWolfHobbyist General Artist
I will have to fave this. What do you think about a wireless keyboard?
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WingDiamondHobbyist General Artist
:wow: That's a lot better than my 50's Laptop!
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JimSTARDUSTProfessional Artist
Awesome. A great example of that GREAT IDEA that over-came the odds and lack of determination to actually get made! Now it exists! It's REAL! And IT"S AWESOME! Thanks for sharing this amazing Show-stopper. You know you'd make a fortune if you put it into production, right? RIGHT!!
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ScottMan2thHobbyist General Artist
very elegant and classy piece of retro-modified technology...this is the type of keyboard i would expect to see in a graphic designers work space...
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