Vintage Geek: Typewriter Keyboard For Your Computer


My parents' neighbor is this glamorous book editor that has a collection of vintage typewriters on display next to her front door. I don't know if it's her Chanel scarves or mysterious glasses, but she's always embodied that mod and worldly artist persona for me and the typewriters (which I am dying for to her to sell at a garage sale some day) are just as marvelous. That being said: I want a typewriter keyboard for my computer!

Steampunkworkshop created this vintage-geek-meets-modern-geek retro keyboard using the usual techie tools and some imagination. For a gallery of photos and more from the creators, read more

"My goal with this project was to build a retro keyboard that was fully functional and of a sufficient quality that it could be used everyday by a touch typist. In order to achieve this I chose a high quality (though widely available) keyboard as my starting point. This is an IBM Model M "Clicky" keyboard. They were made starting in the mid 1980's and a version is still manufactured today. This particular keyboard was made in 1989 and shipped with and IBM PowerStation 530, a UNIX box the size of a kegerator."

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For tips and a video on how to make your own, visit Steampunkworkshop.

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