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article imageUSB evolutionary step enough to save typewriter from extinction?

By Igor I. Solar     Jun 15, 2010 in Technology
Philadelphia - In the age of electronics and digital technology, the mechanic typewriter and its partially evolved electric version have fallen into obsolesce. Can this latest USB development bring it back from near extinction?
There are still many people who are willing to use a fancy ink-pen or even a cheap ballpoint pen to put ideas onto paper. However, those who are still prepared to sit in front of an old typewriter, and attempt to use it at moderate speed without getting the type bars entangled, are extremely rare and likely restricted to romantic antique collectors.
The words Royal, Remington or Underwood bring either nostalgic memories of precious museum collectible writing machines or recollections of excruciating moments attempting to get some legible characters onto the sixth carbon copy, having the ink ribbon dry out at the worst time or making a terrible typing mistake just before the last line of the page.
Now, inventor Jack Zylkin, “a reclusive genius from Philadelphia, owner of 57 cats” has come up with a typewriting machine that, although giving the user the feeling of the old typing clunker, produces results worth the most sophisticated electronic keyboard and an LCD monitor.
The invention, called the "USB Typewriter" can be attached to a computing device (i.e. an iPad) via a USB port. The description and technical specifications are not for the uninitiated:
“The machine features a sensor board attached to the typewriter's keys, using an interface board run by an Atmega168P micro-controller chip. This interface board sends each keystroke to the device via the USB. The USB typewriter comes with a power supply cord, crystal oscillator and USB voltage conversion. The software it uses is based on the open-source Arduino micro-controller platform.”
Zylkin claims that the installation process is easy, and will make users feel as if they are actually typing on a real typewriter.
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