One fairly constant refrain in the argument against iPads is the typing. The on screen touch pad spaces the letters in a way that people of the computer age (those same people who buy iPads) are unaccustomed to. You can purchase the wireless keyboard sure, which actually works just fine. I have one for my ancient Mac Mini that I have since hooked up to my TV.
Yet there are stil people among us who hanker for the days of the tactile touch of the typewriter. Why settle for a boring old keyboard when you could have a typewriter iPad? and so Austin Yang modded an older typewriter (judging by the plastic case, a 1970s model just before the advent of the word processor).
Yang says of his project:
Users can enjoy the old feeling of typing and also the lastest technology. Even though the elder users who have never used the computer or ipad, they can use this familiar typewriter and type in the familiar operation way. For some specific group of users, this product provide(s) an easier way to type on the ipad. People could be able to recollect old experience and memory by familiar appearance and haptic feedback.
You could buy Grandad an iPad for his birthday and perhaps he wouldn’t look at it like an alien landed in his living room.
While I always enjoy clever modifications to contemporary tools, what I like best about this one is that the iPad stands up like a computer screen. I have not adjusted to looking down to do my computing.
- via Co.Design