Make a mechanical typewriter type to a text file? Answered
I've got an old (circa 50-60's) mechanical typewriter that has a great deal of sentimental value to my girlfriend. Her grandfather was a writer and was always glued to his typewriter. And since I'm a huge nerd I came up with this crazy idea. My plan, and hopefully this can come to life in a few years is to modify (and not break) the typewriter so that it will send text to a file that is typed out on the typewriter. I've seen the tywpewriter, but they use an electric one and it types out tweets that are found on their twitter account. My idea is to use the typewriter as a guestbook in our wedding. People will come in and type on nice pretty paper so they can see what they're writing, and we'll have a text file. I'm pretty much settling for a text file or some sort that I can use later to modify. I'm thinking I'll have to scrap a keyboard and make small solder pads for the metal keys to make contact to. Any ideas where I can get started? I'll post pics of the typewriter when I take some, but for now, just know it's mechanical and not electric. TY!