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Step back into the past...with a USB Typewriter
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Step back into the past…with a USB Typewriter

When I think back to my early days in television the sound of dozens of typewriters clacking away as reporters and editors pounded out stories on deadline. It added an excitement that is missing with the soft sounds of the same people working on keyboards in today’s newsroom. Now you can recapture that excitement yet keep your modern computer or tablet.

Philadelphia based self anointed reclusive genius Jack Zylkin has developed a way to combine the classic typewriter with modern computers..this is what it looks and sounds like.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu3g4ZBt3o0&feature=player_embedded

This retrospective experience doesn’t come cheap..Jack’s creations from a selection of names familiar to old typists…Underwood, Smith Corona, Remington sell for $800 from his shop at the Etsey online supermarket.

However, if you are handy and have an old typewriter gathering dust in the basement or attic Jack will sell you a $75 kit to do the conversion yourself.  It comes with two blank circuit boards and all necessary electronic parts needed to convert your typewriter to USB (assembly required). It should take about 5-8 hours to complete, depending on your skill level with a soldering iron (intermediate to advanced).

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

1 Comment
  • Bob Welch via Facebook

    Heh.. my 76 year old station owner still has the real thing in his office.. and uses it regularly..

    April 26, 2012 at 5:04 pm Reply

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