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Jack is almost done making a USB Typewriter, which is a hack of an antique manual typewriter that allows it to operate as a computer keyboard.   
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Jack Z.'s USB Typewriter project was developed at Hive76 starting in summer  2009.  The project is complete and is fully documented at www.usbtypewriter.comsee also www.instructables.com/id/usb-typewriter.
The goals of the project include:
 
*Typewriter emulates a standard HID USB keyboard, and be recognized by any PC or Mac (who cares about linux?)
 
*In addition to letters, numerals, and punctuation marks, the shift key, control key, and spacebar operate correctly.   
 
*The typewriter has a calibration mode which allows the user to map typewriter keys to letters/numbers etc.
 
*The project is written for the Arduino Diecimiela, using inexpensive peripheral hardware.
 
*The key-sensing hardware is dead-simple to install and should be adaptable to many typewriters without design changes.
 
*All boards are two layers or less (except the Arduino board)
 
Currently (3/1/10),  the typewriter project is almost complete.
 
*Hardware, including sensing strip and USB interface board,  have been prototyped using point-to-point wiring.
 
*Hardware+Software prototype completed and operated correctly over Arduino's serial monitor (not USB)
 
*USB functionality now being added
 
*Sensing strip PCBs have been designed but not ordered
 
Still to do:
 
*Apply for patent?
 
*Order sensing strip and USB boards to interface with an Arduino Diecimiela
 
*Complete USB integration
 
*Test USB functionality on multiple platforms
 
*Document project and create an Instructable
 

Latest revision as of 04:00, 6 February 2011

Jack Z.'s USB Typewriter project was developed at Hive76 starting in summer 2009. The project is complete and is fully documented at www.usbtypewriter.com. see also www.instructables.com/id/usb-typewriter.