Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Gift for the Writer Who Has Everything

Looking for a gift for the writer who has everything? Look no further: here’s one that turns even an antique typewriter into a USB keyboard. Seriously, we’re not making this up. From the USB Typewriter web page:

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.

If you’d like one of these, I have the feeling you’d better move fast. USB Typewriter inventor, Philadelphia-Based Jack Zylkin sells his contraption through Etsy, the social commerce website that focuses on handmade art and art-related items.

Prices vary according to model of typewriter that is converted, but they start at about $500. He also sells a conversion kit with instructions for $55 (it comes with a warning that you must have good soldering skills). If you already own a manual typewriter, Zylkin will convert it for you for $350 plus shipping costs.



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