USB Typewriter

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A Groundbreaking Advancement in the Field of Obsolescence

The idea for USB Typewriter all began in late 2009, when I found a clunky old Royal typewriter on the side of the road. After a little spit polish and elbow grease, I was really amazed by how pristine this machine was underneath its century's worth of rust and dust. And even more amazing: it still worked!

Typewriters are just really beautiful and elegant pieces of technology -- timeless, really -- and it struck me as sad that they have been forgotten and neglected, especially since most computer stuff today is so disposable and utilitarian. People love typewriters, and lots of people have them on their mantle or in their attic, but there is just no place for them on a modern computer desk. So, with the USB Typewriter project I am trying to rescue typewriters from garages and attics and put them to use again.

In my Etsy store, I sell a range of lovingly restored USB-enabled typewriters, and also a do-it-yourself kit that adds a USB port to any typewriter.

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    Jack Zylkin taught himself to solder in high-school, by hacking his guitar effects and amps. He went on to experiment with jazz guitar, engineering, woodworking, puzzle-making, and screenprinting, before finding his calling as an inventor.

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