It's a great day when something digital meets something purely mechanical
, and that looks to be what we have here, a project from Daniel Huhndt. It's a vintage typewriter that, through what appears to be a complex set of belts and pulleys, enables two-way text chats on Skype. The user types their message onto paper and then waits while the response from someone else is magically typed back onto the paper -- complete with that delicious manual sound. It is, or at least was, on display at Bauhaus University (which also introduced the world to WiiSpray
), and if we were just a little bit closer we'd be down there clunking away right now.