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Long for the old days? Try a USB typewriter

June 17, 2010

Teclado USB 2.0 - Thokrates

Those of us who finished high school before 1990 remember using a device called a typewriter. When you pressed a key and an arm came up inside the device, hit an inked ribbon, and left an impression on a piece of paper. If you long to return to those days – or if you are younger and wish to experience the thrill, there is a way to connect a typewriter to a computer for use as a keyboard. In the words of Dave Barry, “I’m not making this up!”

See the USB Typewriter website for details. Adventurous folks will buy the do-it-yourself kit ($75), but you can choose “upcycled” Smith-Corona ($300) or.get your own typewriter modified ($200). When I first read this I thought it was a joke, but it appears to be for real. The video below shows a typewriter being used with an iPad.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 5:32 pm

    And now I find my life to be complete, thank you.

  2. June 21, 2010 2:43 am

    And now I find my life to be complete, thank you.

  3. July 30, 2010 6:44 am

    I’ve always been fond of tech blogs… Found you from google search….. Thanks for such a great post! I liked your way of writing!

  4. Leo MHK permalink
    May 2, 2013 10:18 pm

    I bet most people could not use it due to not having strong enough fingers.

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