Chris Gregg has created a fantastic printer using a retro classic mechanical typewriter which can be used as a printer thanks to the power of the Arduino platform and a bag full of solenoids which have been used to help transfer the digital documents to the mechanical device.
Watch the video below to see the typewriter printer in action and learn more about its inspiration and design from its creator.
As well as being able to type documents the typewriter printer is also capable of printing to music. The Hack A Day website writes :
An Arduino Uno converts serial over USB output to a bit stream ready to clock into the shift registers. On the computer side, [Chris] wrote up a basic CUPS driver which allows him to print from his Macbook. The perfect demo for this project turned out to be musical.
Also see the Smith Corona perform “The Typewriter Symphony”, by Leroy Anderson. This may be the first time this particular piece of music has been performed with actual words being typed, rather than random keys.
Jump over to the Hack A Day website to learn more about this very unique steampunk style printer.
Source: Hack A Day