Handheld Scientific BT-500 Bluetooth Adapter
Handheld Scientific BT-500 Bluetooth Adapter
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Product Description
Great for traveling, the Handheld Scientific BT-500 bluetooth adapter allows you to connect your USB-equipped keyboard to your mobile device. Simply connect your keyboard to the adapter, pair your mobile device, and start typing Read More
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Connect Your Phone to Your Keyboard

Great for traveling, the Handheld Scientific BT-500 bluetooth adapter allows you to connect your USB-equipped keyboard to your mobile device. Simply connect your keyboard to the adapter, pair your mobile device, and start typing. The adapter comes with a handy indicator light to let you know when you’re connected, when the battery needs charging, and when the unit is on. It’s also compatible with all types of USB keyboards, including those with a built-in hub like the Happy Hacking, DAS, Apple, and more. It can even connect to keyboard-emulating devices like barcode scanners, RFID readers, magnetic strip readers, and foot pedals.

Specs
  • Based on Bluetooth 4.0
  • Works with all host types: Apple Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android phones and tablets, Windows, etc.
  • Hosts must support Bluetooth 4.0
  • Hosts must support Bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse
  • Compatible with all types of USB keyboards
  • For keyboards with a built-in hub, other devices connected to the hub will not work
  • Compatible with many keyboard-emulating USB devices
  • Supports USB mice
  • No pin-code pairing
  • Command line interface to customize many features
  • Wireless status LED (blue) and host port status LED (green)
  • Power is passed from USB device (male) port directly to USB host (female) port
  • FCC and CE certified
Included
  • User manual
  • Battery not included
Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is July 2, 2019 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.

Recent Activity
Hello @eeriedescent, Thank you for purchasing our product and giving the review. First of all, if you are not 100% satisfied with the Adapter, you can request full refund including s&h. No questions asked and no time limit. Secondly, the BT-500 we sent out in the last drop does work with Model-01 from keyboard.io, at least with the one we purchased. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e-p36ixa94. However, the model-01 has gone through multiple firmware releases, and the BT-500 has problems with some versions. We tried to fix this but was put in back burner a while back. The adapter has very limited memory and speed. It is not able to parse full HID report descriptors, which can be very complex, like a full-fledged operating system. So from time to time we have to do some kludge based on a specific keyboard uniquely identified by USB vendor and product IDs. Unfortunately some of the keyboards, especially those based on QMK including the one keyboard.io, change firmware but use the same IDs so the Adapter can't distinguish different versions. Due to the same resource constraint, the Adapter handles boot protocol better than report protocol (but it does attempt to parse the descriptor). Currently we are confident to say it works with 95% of the keyboards/mice in the market. What other keyboards did you test that didn't work? We would like to know every case of comparability. If you give us the models of the non-working keyboards, for EACH of those that we can verify (and not already listed on our web site), if we can get the adapter to work with it (this is in most cases), we will send you a free adapter. How does that sound? Indeed the firmware is not upgradable by end users. It is certainly technical possible but would add substantial support cost to this low-price product. Nevertheless we do provide free firmware upgrade service, including round-trip shipping if you are in the States. Again, we appreciate your feedback. Obviously nobody likes low rating but every feedback pushes us to make the product better. In this particular case we now know the odd-shaped Keyboard.io Model 01 does have some fans. We better make the Adapter to work with it. Consider this a commitment.