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    Just found one of these...

    I moved a big filing cabinet and found one of these:
    Computing History - Concept A3-128 Keyboard

    I don't know what it was designed for as it doesn't say.
    Is it worth anything?

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    Sounds like the idea is that you can design your own key icons/labels and define what they do, so making the computer less daunting for the unfamiliar or making the buttons bigger for those who aren't physically able to use a normal keyboard.

    Not a bad idea really!

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    i bet its worth a few quid amongst the old school computer collectors

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    I have fixed a few in my time. They have a really hand made feel to them as in the case is sort of assembled like a picture frame and the cables hand soldered. Work much like a smartboard but you fit your own overlay on it.

    No I do not want to buy one.

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    I disposed of ours...

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    There is a lively BBC Micro hobbyists group on the internet. BBC Bs even trade for a reasonable amount of money on EBay (£50 or so). I'm sure that they would be able to make use of it and it's better being used than tossed in the skip. It might be worth asking on one of the hobbyist fora.

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    Awww I remember those from Primary school great fun

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    That sounds like the sort of think that the national computer museum may be interested it if you were thinking of skipping it.

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    Yep, they are indeed for the Beeb. They weren't fetching much the last time I looked

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    Heh i remember that from primary school. I think it had an elephant on it !

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    We still use ours!!!

    Upgrading them this year!!

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    Thanks for all the information. I will try and find a good home for it. What do you use your on, meadowgirl? Could I use it on a modern system? Strikes me it might be useful for SEN. My son remembers one from First School too.

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    Our CC4 system does seem to run them - as long as the drivers are there. Only ever put them on specific PCs tho - rather then cross network.

    The overlays are made by me- and only me-lol

    and i end up doing the programming too-- i am the god of funny noises apparently-- (and i have told them its not nice to say that to a girl- but do they listen??)

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