Forget teaching your Luddite relative to use a computer - maybe you should just transform their low tech device into something more high tech. The 22 Pop is a modified typewriter that can send e-mails. It's called ‘22’ because of the Olivetti typewriter classic, Lettera 22 it is modeled on; ‘pop’ as a reference to the email protocol used. How does it work? An ordinary Lettera 22 is embedded in the device, which enables any letter that is typed, to be sent as an email.
The idea for the project was inspired by the creator's mother, who suffered great frustration with e-mail and using a computer. Here's more:
She simply cannot relate to scroll bars, the mouse, control keys and so on. To explain to her that emailing can be as easy as writing a letter, I decided to make for her a typewriter that sends email. It is a regular portable typewriter, which has concealed electronics that automatically sends the typed letter as an email to the intended person when the letter is finished and pulled out of the machine's carriage.
For a full run down on the process of turning the typewriter into an e-mail capable device, check out the creator's website. For additional images, read more