Conversion Kit Allows You to Use a Typewriter as a Keyboard

Sometime in April, news broke out that the last remaining typewriter factory was closing its doors. While the news was not all that surprising – who uses typewriters these days? – it still struck a chord in the hearts of many people. After all, many of us probably still remember the good old days of being bent over a shiny machine, happily listening to the clickety-clack of the keys and the mechanism that made the imprints on the paper.

Alas, the news was apparently bogus. While that particular Mumbai-based company has indeed closed shop, one can still find typewriters made by other companies. In fact, a quick search on Google will tell you where to get one of those old machines!

If you are not among those who got needlessly worried that not a single typewriter would be produced anymore, simply because you have a unit or two sitting unused somewhere in the house, then you’d be delighted to know that there is something that you can do with that relic of a machine.

Jack Zylkin. Remember that name, for it will go down in history as the guy who made a conversion kit that allows users to connect the good old typewriter to a computer or even an iPad. With the kit, you can connect a typewriter via the USB and pound away on the keys to your heart’s content!

Isn’t that a beauty? Dubbed the Sunburst Royal Deluxe, this setup really catches one’s eye. You can use the typewriter as you would a “normal” computer keyboard. Even better, if you feel like typing directly on paper, it will still work!

The Remington has been part of writing history, and you can continue to use one with your modern device.

Looking at the pictures and reading the descriptions of the setups, one does not have to worry about the wiring. It looks like Zylkin has done an excellent job with connections. It does come at a price, though. Depending on the specs, you can get a USB Typewriter from $699. The more expensive ones come at $899. If you are feeling “inventor-y”, you can buy the DIY kit for $74. ((USB Typewriter))

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