I call it the Organ Donor. Needless to say I didn't get the extended warranty coverage option.
A few screws on the back of the unit and it opens like a book. The buttons are simple silicon rubber units with two wires attached to each. A simple dry contact closure.
Once opened, the two wires from each button will be routed into the Kindle's interface board and with any luck they will work nicely as substitutes for the tiny little factory keypad.
The organs to be donated
Next, we'll tear the Kindle apart and see what we're getting ourselves into.