Old Computer Cell Phone Project

I am a huge fan of beige colored anything.  It is nostalgic like Batman movies, phones plugged into the wall, and dial-up internet. The egg shell color, look, sound, and feel of electronics from the 1980s and 1990s is unbelievably sexy.  I've been doing quite a bit of research into bluetooth keyboards, and mechanical and beige keyboards don't exist with bluetooth technology.  It is a lost market.  I would love to be able to use my cell phone as an old-school word processor.  My phone sees a lot of documents written and sent daily.  Getting distracted in emails, web links, and YouTube is easy.  I would love to think of my phone as more of a tool than something meant for play or distraction.  I cannot find a keyboard that fits my taste.  It's either they are too small, too ergonomic, flat as a sheet of paper, or way too expensive.  This project is expensive, complex in regards to hardware and software, but would be well-worth the time. Artistically, I like to have items in my life that are aesthetically please or remind of movies similar to Hackers which came out in 1999.

So imagine, a phone converted into a CRT monitor. i.e. build a beige box around an old smart phone or maybe even a kindle paperwhite. I want to create something with very few distractions, doesn't produce too much blue light, and must be aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, a person could install a concave clear glass cover on the front.

Then, take grandma's old computer keyboard and clean off the dust. Hook the keyboard up to a battery pack that also transmits a bluetooth conversion signal. vwala! With everything hooked-up and attached you have essentially a 1988 Epson computer. People will look at you in awww!


  • Keyboard: https://www.amazon.com/Pin-Din-Cable-Kybd-Beige/dp/B000J4WPU0/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1501429236&sr=1-1&keywords=keyboard+beige
  • Bluetooth Keyboard and Battery Pack: http://handheldsci.com/kb

Links to learn how to map PS2 keyboard and convert directly to cell-phone or any operating system.  - would be interesting - 
Map PS2 Keyboards
  • http://www.computer-engineering.org/ps2protocol/
  •  http://www.jkmicro.com/PS2Keyboard_EN.pdf
Bluetooth Chips (If you want to manually add bluetooth to a keyboard)

  • http://www.elechouse.com/elechouse/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=90_91&zenid=0gsba6bsir6s5p9bfr58mvllm1

Installing New OS on Phone and Kindle
  • http://www.ponnuki.net/2012/09/kindleberry-pi/
  • https://askubuntu.com/questions/310671/start-ubuntu-without-a-desktop-environment-but-start-an-x-application
  • https://www.linux.com/news/best-lightweight-linux-distros
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFJVoIjKZJw
  • https://forum.xda-developers.com/apps/magisk/official-magisk-v7-universal-systemless-t3473445
If you have any other links, feel free to share below.  Also, if you end up completing your project, post a link below.  I'd love to see it!

To Good Computers,


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