I recently obtained an electric typewriter and am trying to intercept the keyboard circuitry for an arduino project. The keyboard has a 17 pin ribbon cable that goes into a plastic connector on the main board. The holes are too small to fit any wires through and my soldering skills are not good enough to attach any wires to the solder points. The holes are a pretty standard spacing, and seem to line up spacing wise with the headers on my arduino.
My thought is I can solder a strip of header onto the board and just set the ribbon connector into the header. That doesn't solve my problem though, because I still can't connect extra wires to it. What I need is some kind of header strip that has an extra row of connectors to tap into the main set, or something like that.
Has anyone done anything similar to this, or have any tips, or know a part that may help me.