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Not to be confused with the SteamPunk fad that combines modern technology with sci-fi type contraptions, these retro typewriters have been modified to perform as USB keyboards that interface to a PC or a Mac - even an iPod. You can even buy a do-it-yourself kit to transform your own typewriter into a USB keyboard. If you are really nostalgic to the point of reaching back to the pre-typewriter era, but need the convenience of modern technology to get by, you can pacify that urge with a BookBook cover for your MacBook computer. It is hand-crafted so that no two look exactly alike, and functions not just as a protective cover, but also as an effective anti-theft measure because when closed, it appears to be just an old book. Maybe grandpa will take more kindly to these newfangled computers if you put a familiar WWII vintage IBM or a Smith Corona in front of him, or even a good book if anything newer than a Gutenberg printing press is too modern for the old guy.

Per the USBTypewriter.com website:

"This antique typewriter has been modified to work as a USB Keyboard for PC, Mac, or even iPad (as shown)! That's right -- its a beautiful and fully functional computer keyboard! This USB Typewriter works with all letters, numerals, and punctuation marks. It also includes shift, space, and return carriage (which is literally activated by the typewriter's return carriage!). Many non-standard keys, such as F1-F12, esc, ctrl, and so on are available with a special toggle key. The modification is very clean leaves the typewriter looking, feeling, and working like a regular typewriter -- and yes, it still writes beautifully on paper. A beautiful, functional, unique addition to your home office. NOTE: If you plan on using this device with an iPad, please let me know. It requires a special adapter, which is not included, but which you can buy from the Apple Store.

RF Cafe Cool Product - USB Typewriter (Remington)   RF Cafe Cool Product - USB Typewriter(Smith Corona Super Sterling)

Remington's Quite Delux                                   Smith Corona's Super Sterling


RF Cafe Cool Product - USB Typewriter (Brother Wizard)    RF Cafe Cool Product - BookBook Cover

Brother's Wizard                                     BookBook for a Mac Book

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