Automatyperwriter: Arduino-controlled typewriter is both input and output device


18 Responses to “Automatyperwriter: Arduino-controlled typewriter is both input and output device”

  1. semiotix says:

    I’m typing a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.

  2. nixiebunny says:

    Uh, there are these things called Teletypes. They have been around for about a hundred years. They receive a signal in the ITA2 code set at 75 baud, and they print it on yellow paper.

    Want one? I have a WWII Teletype in an olive-drab shipping crate that’s not doing anything right now.

  3. SamSam says:

    I think this is great, and don’t understand what bug is up in the panties of all these negative nancies here. The guy created a typewriter that can play Zork, by himself from parts. That’s awesome.

  4. hapa says:

    are there plans to port steam to this new platform?

  5. Hagrid says:

    > i

    You have:
    A bathrobe (being worn)
    A towel
    Pocket fluff
    Thing That Your Aunt Gave You That You Don’t Know What It Is
    no tea

  6. Freddie Freelance says:

    So Mr. Guberman’s invented the Teletype? How long ’til he’s connected two and they can communicate?

    • Pantograph says:

      You’re missing the point of this.

      1) It’s made from a typewriter so that makes it steampunk.
      2) It uses an Arduino which is open source and thus *squeal* totally dreamy… *sigh*
      3) It uses fishing line which makes it prone to malfunction and very impractical compared to a real teletype.

      Still, I find it’s lack of punched paper tape disturbing.

      • Anonymous says:

        I think the difference between this and a teletype is the difference between a gramophone and a player piano. Both produce automatic sound, but the player piano does so by pressing the actual keys.

        This isn’t a typewriter keyboard with a printer attached, it’s a typewriter that’s *operated automatically*. For me, at least, that makes all the difference.

  7. hongaku says:


    I’m on the board of directors for Ace Monster Toys, an Oakland hackerspace (and California nonprofit!). I think I can freely speak for all of us and say that if you don’t want your WWII teletype, we’d happily take it off of your hands to connect it up to things in our space!

    I can be reached at if you’re interested in getting it moved on.

  8. Anonymous says:

    yeah, totally reminds me about FRINGE!

  9. JMG says:

    So glad you enjoyed it, Cory! However, I feel compelled to point out that my name is spelled “Jonathan.”


    Jonathan Guberman

  10. Anonymous says:

    He had to explain what a solenoid is, but not a MOSFET? The world has changed.

  11. GlenBlank says:

    I recall a mid-to-late ’70s-vintage device that hooked up to an IBM Selectric typewriter and recorded a pageful of typing on solid-state memory, which could then be edited a line at a time on a single-line LED(?) display. When you were done editing, it would play the page back to the Selectric, using it as a printer to print out the corrected copy.

    They used to advertise them in the back pages of Scientific American. Bad typist that I was, I desperately wanted one, but couldn’t even afford the Selectric, never mind the “word processor” box.

    (So it was kinda weird, a couple of years ago, finding fully functional IBM Selectrics in a thrift store priced at $10 – and weirder still, a few months later, to find myself giving my own once-treasured Selectric to the same thrift store, in order to reclaim the closet space.)

  12. JG says:

    You missed the real significance.

    It’s the world’s first teletype /with a USB connection/.


  13. Anonymous says:

    Ah, a good old “Selectric 251″

  14. Anonymous says:

    that’s what DOS or Bash would look like if screen hadn’t been invented
    :] /

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