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Hacker Explains How To Connect A PS/2 Keyboard To An iPhone, But It's Not For The Faint Of Heart

October 15, 2009


Hackers love to brag about how successful they are at achieving things that us mere mortals are completely incapable of achieving, and who in their right mind wouldn't want to?  It takes a lot of patience, mental power, and time to do what they do, and like magicians, they are reluctant to give away their secrets.  But not all hackers are created equal, as the man behind AwghBlog has proven.  He has chosen to actually demonstrate how to connect a PS/2 keyboard to an iPhone in detail.  The only problem is that it is not for the faint of heart. I am not going to even try to pretend I am a hacker, so here is the gist of it.  If you want to take on this somewhat large task, you will need to have a jailbroken iPhone, since Apple's official SDK doesn't allow access to the serial port, an Arduino Diecimila, an iPod Breakout board, a female PS/2 keyboard connector, one 500k resistor, wire, and a soldering iron and solder.  When you put it all together, you will have the most non-portable keyboard attachment you have ever seen for your iPhone. Like I stated before, this is a very detailed how-to, so you should probably set aside a good amount of time before taking on this task.  As for me, I think I am just going to stick to the iPhone's on-screen keyboard.  If any of you decide to actually give this a try, all I have to say is... good luck! [via Hack A Day]

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