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Making My Laptop Keyboard Glow in the Dark...possible?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Thanos255, Oct 16, 2006.

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  1. Thanos255

    Thanos255 Thread Starter

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    This may sound like a stupid request, but for anyone who regularlly works in bed with the lights off, this may seem like a reasonable request.

    Anyone know of anything that can make my laptop keyboard visable in the dark?

    Thanks
    Thanos
     
  2. jackdw

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    Might it be possible to put one of those cold cathode case mod lights underneath the keyboard with a switch on the side. I think they're fairly thin...
    I only have a few desktops, no laptops so I don't know how easy it will be to mod it...
     
  3. reaper616

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    I would only recomend that if you know what you are doing.
     
  4. erick295

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    For that to work, you'd need to replace the keys with lettering that light would shine through, which is basically impossible. An easier solution would be to buy a USB light.
     
  5. Thanos255

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    I agree...easier but not as kewl :p

    How about using some glow in the dark paint...with a very small stencil with the letters cut out, found at some craft store.

    Then just paint over each key. I would probably keep my plastic keyboard guard on, that way if it really comes out horrible, I could just take it off and get a new one.
     
  6. erick295

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    That would work. If you were really feeling industrious, you could remove the existing printing, cut out the appropriate letters with a dremel, and then cement a sheet of white transluscent plastic behind each key. That would allow you to see the letters in daylight, but it would also allow the light to shine through from underneath. That wouldn't be an easy job, though, and it would be a dirt magnet :)
     
  7. Lurker1

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    Well you could buy one of these keyboards and use it as an external one connected to your laptop. Theres not much room for moding the laptop keyboard itself.

    http://www.directron.com/ledkb.html
     
  8. herrryan

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    Time to buy a night light my friend. By the way, what the hell you doing with a computer in the dark? Whoops, don't answer that. LOL
     
  9. Wolfeymole

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    Forget about messing with the laptop Thanos just get some night vision goggles from the army.
    Mind you ya wife, if wed, might throw a WTF when she wakes up and sees you.
     
  10. JohnWill

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    How about learning how to truly touch type? Then you won't need lights. :D
     
  11. Kitch

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    Can you get one-handed touch typing lessons?
    ;)
     
  12. Wolfeymole

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    What on earth do you mean Kitch?
    Do you mean he might wake up beside the 5 fingered widow? :eek: :) :)
     
  13. erick295

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    Wow... this thread suddenly got really disturbing...
     
  14. jackdw

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    Lol

    Remember, if you do paint on glow in the dark paint, then it will only glow for a shot time. It might be worth getting a UV or 'blacklight' as that will keep the keys glowing.
     
  15. reaper616

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    How come the light the screen gives off is not good enough to see the keys, and if not try angling the screen down a bit more.
     
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