- New Kindle (3rd generation, Wi-Fi only)
- V.Reader kid's e-reader, chosen because of its large button interface
- A sweet magnifying ring light, chosen because the Kindle has some REALLY tiny screws on the inside
- A keen desire to void a warranty
So what if we could take the best of both worlds, and make a device she could use? The buttons on the V.Reader work well, so let's cannibalise it. The idea is to simply hijack the keyboard interface to the Kindle's motherboard and add our own buttons. Most buttons are simple dry-contact switches so in theory it should be possible to add our buttons in parallel with the existing switches and use them with minimal modifications to the Kindle.
Next time we'll take a look at the V.Reader's buttons and discuss how best to use them in our project. After that we'll tear the Kindle apart and see if we can find a good way to solder (painfully small) wires onto the board.