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November 3, 2010

Typewriter automated using Solenoids

at 5:43 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Funny Hacks, Game Hacks, Insane Equipment, Vintage Electronics

Remember ZORK? Take a look at this typewriter which has been automated by hooking up tons of electro-mechanical goodness to an old typewriter!

Thanks for the tip Jack.

“Each key is attached by fishing line to a solenoid, an electromechanical device that pulls down when electric current is passed through it. The solenoids sit behind and underneath the typewriter in a multi-layer structure. The solenoids are connected to a MOSFET, which allows the lower-power parts of the circuit to control the high-power solenoids.”


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4 Responses to “Typewriter automated using Solenoids”

  1. Macka Says:

    Does anyone know if this is a mechanical or an electric typewriter?

  2. sleebus Says:

    It’s a SCM electro-mechanical typewriter. It’s got a motor in there which provides the power to swing the type.

    This is all cool and that, but it seems to be a whole lot of work to replicate a model 33 Teletype?

  3. Scott Says:

    IBM made data-driven typewriters in the 1970s – used mag cards for storage as I recall. Also, at one point, there was a company trying to sell a solenoid interface for electric typewriters – a bank of actuators that lay above the keyboard and pushed the keys. I don’t know if they ever sold one.

  4. Janet Says:

    This particular model is Electronic, the typebar arms attached to the keys are covered making it look like a computer keyboard. Also there is no carriage return lever. Smith Corona earliest model of electric typewriter did have a manual carriage return lever later ones like this did not.

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