Hydraulic typewriter mixes cocktails out of the letters you type

Morskoiboy created an hydraulic typewriter that mixes cocktails -- the typewriter keys inject different liquids into a big LCD-like display, which then decants them into a waiting beaker.

So, if you’re interested, let me explain this contraption and the mechanism that makes it work. At the top of the machine there is a slot into which a bottle with alcohol, water, or even milk can be screwed. The essence of the art here lies in the ability of the syrups or liqueurs to tint the neutral color of the liquid. In the picture below you can see the connector itself and the regulator (which is actually an IV Rate Flow Regulator I picked up in a drugstore), which opens or closes off the air flow into the bottle and thus acts as an on/off switch. Once it enters the machine, the liquid spreads across the fourteen tubules.

Now I can literally taste the flavor of my words! (Thanks, Sergey!)


    1. Your right, it looks like it got swiped from Willy Wonka’s factory. As far as taste goes I think it would depend on the flavors combined. A grape, cherry, and berry combination would be tasty; but a lime, pina colada, and liquorice flavor could (and probably would) suck ass.

  1. Doesn’t have a patch on the Pianococktail : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb7IkNrL-zw

    (originally created by French surrealist-jazzman-poet-playwright-songwriter-novelist Boris Vian).

  2. What an ingenious typewriter and beautifully built too.

    I collect 19th century typewriters from the 1880s and 1890s, the ‘Wild West’ of typewriter designs. If you would like to see more unusual typewriters, please visit my website at antiquetypewriters.com  

    You will be surprised.


  3. And then there’s A Rebours by JK Huysmans, in which decadent Jean Des Esseintes plays an organ that emits perfume instead of musical notes.

  4. Anybody remember the Gallagher stories by Henry Kuttner?  A guy who was a genius inventor, but only when he was soused, invented a “liquor organ” that let him lie back on a couch, and by playing an organ keyboard, pour drinks of amazing quantity and variety directly down his throat.

    1. Boris Vian  (also mentioned above by pKp) translated the works of Henry Kuttner… does anyone know if that’s where Vian got the Pianococktail from?

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