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iTypewriter Brings Tactile Goodness to the iPad

By - Source: Mashable | B 21 comments

Be hip, go retro tech.

Modern touchscreen technology has become a sort of standard for new gadgets. While they may be the backbone of the smartphone and tablet industry, many of us prefer the tactile and audible response of clicking away at keyboard. Luckily for us, there are a handful of keyboard attachments for all of the popular tablets out there, the iTypewriter may just be the coolest.

iTypewriter


If you're the type of person who writes emails, documents or Facebook statuses for hours a day while on the go, tapping away at that boring tablet touchscreen just won't do. At least that's what industrial designer Austin Yang believes. Yang's design blends the technology of old with fresh modern gadgetry by offering users the ability to type away with all of the tactile satisfaction of an old school typewriter.

Unlike the previously covered typewriter USB keyboards, this crafty mechanical typewriter accessory was made by hand. Whenever a key on the iTypewriter is pressed, a typebar reaches across the iPad touchscreen to physically tap the corresponding letter. Unfortunately for us, the device probably won't be going into commercial production. While the device is certainly neat to have, the lack of portability makes the whole idea of a tablet kind of moot.   

 

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    wolley74 , August 27, 2012 4:51 AM
    Or you could, you know, buy a netbook amd do the same thing for less, or get a laptop and do more for the same price
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    Pennanen , August 27, 2012 4:06 AM
    Reading these articles makes you wonder, who the hell buys stupid crap like this? Oh wait, apple people. Going to look really hip when sitting at cafee typing with one of these babies.
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    SlitelyOff , August 27, 2012 4:08 AM
    Awesome! I just wonder how long before he types too hard and cracks the screen...Otherwise one of the cooler ideas I have seen in a while, no drivers required!
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    dauntekong , August 27, 2012 4:26 AM
    ROFLMAO!!! THIS IS THE MOST UGLIEST THING I'VE EVER SEEN!
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    sacre , August 27, 2012 4:26 AM
    PennanenReading these articles makes you wonder, who the hell buys stupid crap like this? Oh wait, apple people. Going to look really hip when sitting at cafee typing with one of these babies.


    Yes, lets stereotype people because they use a product you don't personally enjoy. Like a child getting mad at a person for enjoying the Red Sucker instead of the blue sucker.

    Grow up.
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    wolley74 , August 27, 2012 4:51 AM
    Or you could, you know, buy a netbook amd do the same thing for less, or get a laptop and do more for the same price
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    idroid , August 27, 2012 4:57 AM
    iTypewriter, because touching the screen was too mainstream.... hipsters gonna hip.
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    runswindows95 , August 27, 2012 5:04 AM
    Then again, people who actually type all day, such as me, rather have a full sized keyboard and bigger screens (such as dual Dell U2412M monitors in pivot). I easily type out 10,000 words a day, and I see the Ipad as an overpriced toy, not a tool.
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    belardo , August 27, 2012 5:36 AM
    This is a cool retro toy... gadget. Useless for any actual use. Its slower than typing on a real iPad or tablet.

    RunsWindwos95 (Why you running Win95?) - iPad is no more expensive than the tablets from Asus, Samsung, Sony or Toshiba.

    And I *DO* relax and use an iPad for web browsing... even thou I have a powerful desktop with a 24" screen in the same room.
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    runswindows95 , August 27, 2012 5:45 AM
    Belardo,

    All tablets are toys to me when it comes to writing. Again, I don't see myself typing all day on a tablet of any kind or make since I already dislike texting on my smartphone as it is, and that's for only 100 words or so.
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    sixdegree , August 27, 2012 6:16 AM
    Now, even my grandfather could use iPad. Thank you science!
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    Pennanen , August 27, 2012 7:06 AM
    sacreYes, lets stereotype people because they use a product you don't personally enjoy. Like a child getting mad at a person for enjoying the Red Sucker instead of the blue sucker. Grow up.

    You're the one using miniature typewriter for your overpriced useless piece of shit. You need to grow up :D 
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    army_ant7 , August 27, 2012 7:13 AM
    Er... It doesn't seem like it would be easy to use, and the video didn't make me think otherwise. Actually, it's the video that made me feel that way. :-)) If it's that bulky already, maybe it should've been made wider as well.
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    freggo , August 27, 2012 8:59 AM
    How about a smoke signal app?
    Or a signal mast app?

    I mean if you want to get 'retro' let's REALLY go retro :-)

    But seriously, this looks more like a toy or joke item than something useful.
    I know I'd not want to type on this contraption all day long.

    How about a full size Keyboard instead ?
    USB or Bluetooth will do just fine.

    Or smoke signals. The camera can sure read them :-)

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    tokencode , August 27, 2012 9:59 AM
    I can't wait to see some moron lug one of these things into starbucks....
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    InvalidError , August 27, 2012 11:16 AM
    That's some awfully slow typing in that video. Since it seems like the heads are retracting on gravity alone which makes it much slower than if they were spring-loaded, I'm guessing the demo went very 'gingerly' to avoid head jams.

    Next step: powered iPad Typewriter!
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    del35 , August 27, 2012 1:27 PM
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    Another waste of money for the intellectually challenged iTards.
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    del35 , August 27, 2012 1:30 PM
    Another waste of money for the intellectually challenged iTards.
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    del35 , August 27, 2012 1:31 PM
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    I can't wait to see some moron lug one of these things into starbucks....


    And delude himself into thinking he looks tech-hip while making a fool of himself. Welcome to the world of iTards....

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    thecolorblue , August 27, 2012 2:29 PM
    article should have been titled "iGimmick..."

    this thing is a totally ridiculous trinket
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2012 2:37 PM
    for goodness sake why not put someone who really knows how to type. its like the person using it has a gun pointed on his head. just to force him to use this crappy product.
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