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Vintage Typewriter iPad Keyboard Brings A Healthy Dose Of Nostalgia

Vintage Typewriter iPad Keyboard Brings A Healthy Dose Of Nostalgia
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The USB typewriter revisits the former glory days of clanking keys and swirling ink ribbons in the virtual world of touch-screen devices.

Don Michael Acelar De Leon
  • 14 july 2011

Whether you’re a typewriter aficionado or a techie missing the good old days, this interesting innovation for the iPad will definitely up your alley. Designer Jack Zylkin presents the USB typewriter, an antique typewriter modified to work as a USB keyboard for PCs, Macs, and iPads. The USB Typewriter is equipped with all letters, numerals, and punctuation marks. It also includes shift, space, and return. Many non-standard keys, such as F1-F12, esc, ctrl, among others, are available with a special toggle key. From USB Typewriter:

The USBTypewriter™ is a new and groundbreaking innovation in the field of obsolescence.  Lovers of the look, feel, and quality of old fashioned manual typewriters can now use them as keyboards for any USB-capable computer, such as a PC, Mac, or even iPad!  The modification is easy to install, it involves no messy wiring, and does not change the outward appearance of the typewriter (except for the usb adapter itself, which is mounted in the rear of the machine).  So the end result is a retro-style USB keyboard that not only looks great, but feels great to use.

USB Typewriter

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