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The USB Typewriter Will Make You The Most Annoying Writer at the Coffee Shop [Video]

Hemingway would totally use this if he wasn't dead.
typewriter The USB Typewriter Will Make You The Most Annoying Writer at the Coffee Shop [Video]

Really pretty awesome. (Jack Zylkin/Etsy)

We’re joking, of course, because the truth is engineer Jack Zylkin has done something very cool in marrying old tech with new in his USB Typewriter. Mr. Zylkin, 25, happened to find an old typewriter on the curb and couldn’t resist messing with it. He took it to his Philadelphia hackerspace, Hive76, and got to work.

The end result is, as Mr. Zylkin says in an Etsy’s blog post about his creation, “a groundbreaking advancement in the field of obsolescence,” and to anyone who ever used a typewriter, oddly heartwarming and nostalgic:

Handmade Portraits: USB Typewriter from Etsy on Vimeo.

Mr. Zylkin’s Etsy shop sells a conversion kit for anyone who might want to make their own, but he also has several converted typewriters available, like this 1945 Royal Aristocrat, converted for use as a USB keyboard with PCs, Macs and iPads.

Get yours and get into fights over your noisy tappity-tapping with the “screenwriter” at the next table in Starbucks today.

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