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Here’s How an ‘iTypewriter’ Dock Add-On Works with the iPad [VIDEO]

by on August 21st, 2012

Have you used a typewriter before? Miss those good ol’ days? Well you could possibly re-live them soon with your iPad as an Edinburgh College of Art student, Austin Yang, has created the ultimate accessory.

The iPad fits into a typewriter dock and with each key strike, hammers covered in rubber capacitive caps jump and tap the iPad’s on-screen keyboard. Here’s how Yang explains his invention:

It is a typewriter for the ipad. 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 an easier way to type on the ipad. People could be able to recollect old experience and memory by familiar appearance and haptic feedback. Instead of stroking on the screen with no feedback, this product can reflect a strong haptic feedback. User can experience the physical strength transfer from the keypad and the movement of each key.

Here’s a video of the iTypewriter in action:

Although the concept sounds pretty cool, the video of the device in action is painful to watch as typing is extremely slow. But of course if you want that typewriting feeling again, this could be the way to get it back (aside from using a real typewriter). Would you ever use one of these?

[via The Telegraph]

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  • Jon

    Never.

  • ward09

    Stupidest accessory ever..

  • http://mikey.reiach.net Mikey

    I cringe ever time I hear each hammer hit the glass. I wouldn’t enjoy it. I’ll stick with a real typewriter.

  • TekKnow

    This looks cool, of course I would’ve used someone who knows how to type properly for the promo video. Oh and someone who has a grasp on grammar. Lol I would buy it, although I don’t know if I would use it too often, looks like it might damage my iPad if I push too hard. Perhaps I’d buy one that struck with a little less force. Where can I get it?