Tagged With typewriters

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Well, this wins points for creativity. Computer scientist Chris Gregg of Tufts University decided he wanted to turn his vintage, 1960s Smith Corona electric typewriter into a printer. It turned out to be quite a bit more work than he bargained for, but the resultant invention is marvellous.

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For some of us who type all day for a living, the world is too quiet. We pine for the whir of the Xerox machine, the rattle of rotary telephones, the clackety-clack of the typewriter. A slightly romantic vision, maybe, but no longer completely impossible, thanks to this keyboard modelled to look exactly like a vintage typewriter.

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Some people collect baseball cards and others collect coins. Martin Howard, however, collects century-old typewriters. And boy is he good at it. The Toronto-based enthusiast has typewriters that looks like navigation instruments and typewriters that look like scales. But they all have one thing in common: They're beautiful.

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You use it every day without a second thought, but if you think about it for just a second, QWERTY is really, really weird. Where did something so strangely unintuitive come from? The popular story is that it has to do with typewriter mechanics and jamming prevention, and although that explanation sure is tidy, it's also probably bullshit.

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As keyboards eventually move towards dead silent and touchscreen, you'll rue the loss of clickity, clackity keyboards filled with character. Hell, we're already without the beautiful racket of typewriters. Click, tap, tap, reset.

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Typewriters are intricate machines — complex little boxes that require an abundance of ingenuity to produce. They are often beautiful, and they occasionally find wildly imaginative ways to conduct the delicate dance between the hammers and the keys.

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Built on openFrameworks version 0071, Noisy Typer runs in the background and will replicate the click clack sound of an oldtimey typewriter, while you compose your emails and pen your memoirs on your word processing program of choice.