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DESCRIPTION: Amazingly, this simple kit will convert almost any manual typewriter into a USB computer keyboard, for use with any Mac or PC, or even with tablets such as the iPad! With this simple process, you can turn your typewriter into a modern marvel in a single afternoon, using only the most basic tools (a screwdriver, some sandpaper, and a hot glue gun).

After the conversion, your USB Typewriter will still print on paper, so if you want you can turn your computer off and type normally, while still saving your manuscript to edit digitally afterwards. Alternatively, you can use your typewriter as an elegant keyboard stand for your tablet (as shown), provided that your tablet supports USB Keyboards. Note that some tablets, such as the iPad, require special adapters to connect to keyboards, which is why I now offer a Bluetooth option to simplify connection to any smartphone or tablet.

This kit requires no soldering or computer skills to install, and in most cases installation takes only two or three hours. The kit will work on a wide range of portable typewriters, and on select desktop models, too (See to determine if your typewriter is compatible with the kit.) Just select your brand from the drop-down menu above when checking out.

View the full assembly instructions at:

Please visit to make sure your typewriter is compatible with our kit.

A control panel that mounts to the side of the typewriter.
A sleek sensor panel that fits beneath the typewriter to detect keypresses.
Four magnetic sensors (for detecting Shift, Space, and Backspace keys)
An assortment of magnets to activate the magnetic sensors.
A bracket to hold your tablet/iPad on top of the typewriter.

Basic tools (a screwdriver, some sandpaper or an emory board, and a high-temperature hot glue gun)
A working manual typewriter that is compatible with the kit (See )
The online video-based instructions (located at
Optional: Wire strippers and Dremel rotary tool.


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USB Typewriter Conversion Kit -- Easy Install Version

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