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  • Clever Modder Fuses Keyboard and Trackpad



    Modders will appreciate a very cool story that comes to us by way of MacStories. What we have is an especially creative modder who successfully acted on his mixed tastes in technology - that is, his fondness for the EEE keyboard but also his Mac and accompanying trackpad. The end result is a sweet fusion of sorts that is on display in these intriguing pics.

    This work of art comes from Bart Reardon of The MacBook Air Project. According to the MacStories piece, Bart endeavored to fit a MacBook Air right under an Apple keyboard and make everything a single piece. In other words - a 1.6Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM and 80GB hard drive computer inside a standard keyboard. After that, he sought to add on a Magic Trackpad next to the keyboard. According to the modder, the device “will be used much beyond internet/email….maybe as an AppleTV replacement.”

    Why a Mac Book Air, you ask?

    “As a component they are more expensive to get at but more importantly it’s about space. The nice thing about the macbook Air’s motherboard is how narrow it is. The other MacBooks have small motherboards too but they spread out at the connector end. This still makes them narrow enough to fit under a standard keyboard but that loses favor as it means you can’t get the keyboard (a desktop keyboard that is) low enough to be ergonomically comfortable.”
    This monstrosity has already been dubbed the “iKeyboard” and still requires "some adjustments and tweaks." For instance, the Trackpad antenna "interferes with the Bluetooth antenna," although a resolution to such small issues is imminent. To stay on top of The MacBook Air Project, connect with Bart on Twitter @bartreardon.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Clever Modder Fuses Keyboard and Trackpad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 28 Comments
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      This is sick, Apple should start making it
      You mean steal this idea and make millions !!!!
    1. mgebara's Avatar
      mgebara -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      This is sick, Apple should start making it
      Apple II???
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Apple. View Post

      It was a nice try but all he did was reinvent the laptop
      Favorite quote of the day. Because everyone knows reinventing a laptop is no big deal.
    1. xwinger's Avatar
      xwinger -
      kinda cool, but not really that important
    1. maczero16's Avatar
      maczero16 -
      very impresive i want it!!!!! :P
    1. sickbxy's Avatar
      sickbxy -
      interesting but they basically turned a wireless keyboard into a wired one which kills the entire concept, I'll stick to my iMac and magic mouse...
    1. Joseph_Prophet's Avatar
      Joseph_Prophet -
      hackers and modders: achieving what Apple should have done in the first place.
    1. Marksmanbrett's Avatar
      Marksmanbrett -
      sick.