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Apr 20, 2013, 07:48 pm Last Edit: Apr 22, 2013, 12:29 am by RonaldPoFo Reason: 1

I'm trying to hack a CASIO fx-85ES calculator:

I want to use the calculator as a keypad (arduino knows what button you pressed) and display (arduino "presses" a button), using an Arduino Pro Mini (5v).

buttons are pressed by connecting two contact points on the board:

for example: K07 + KI5 = "1" or K01 + KI2 = "4"
I only want to use the following keys: 0-9, +, -, x, :, =, and ")". total of 16 buttons

I plan to:
Connect points using transistors "press buttons". (is there a way the arduino can do this without transistors)
Use pins as input to read buttons pressed. (or more transistors?)

Note: I will only use calculator as INPUT OR OUTPUT never both at once.

Anything I forgot or suggestions? what do you think, could this work? :P


Would I damage the arduino by feeding the contact points on the calculator to it as inputs?
Do I have to join GND like when wiring a Servo????  (1.5v cicuit of the calculator and 6v circuit of the arduino)

Runaway Pancake

It is not clear what you are asking.

You want to use the Arduino as a substitute for the keypad?

And also to read the calculator's keypad (key strokes), when that is used?
"You gotta fight - for your right - to party!"
Don't react - Read.
"Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?"
It's "bipolar transistor" or "junction transistor" - "BJT" is stupid.
When all else fails, check your wiring!


An arduino Pro Mini 5v to:
-Know when a button on the calculator is pressed.
-Press buttons on the calculator(buy connecting two connection points)

Know when a button is pressed by reading a change in voltage between connection points.
Use transistors to connect two connection points, transistor's base (B) to arduino.

Will feeding a cable from the connection points on the calculator to the arduino damage the arduino? or even work?
Can I join two connection points on the calculator using the arduino, not transistors? ( the two connection points have to be wired one to another, NOT to GND or Vcc)


What does this mean:
quad buffer/line driver with 3-state outputs controlled by
the output enable inputs
I tried goggling around but I don't see how it should help?


it means you can use this chip to have 2 different components that use different voltage talk to eachother, ie 3.3v to 5v. its a buffer between the 2.


Would I damage the Arduino by feeding input and outputs to and from it without any isolation? (transistor, optocoupler)



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