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Can someone help me wire an electric typewriter? Answered

I want it wired in two ways. The first way, I want to use the spell check mechanism (there is one) to make it so that the typewriter roller will only move when the correct code is input.
The second way I want is for it to be wired for use as a USB keyboard. I want a switch to be able to switch between these two functions, and I would like a way for it to have power without being plugged into the wall, but that is optional.

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Vyger

4 years ago

A spell checker for a typewriter is the person doing the typeing. An electric typewriter is a manual typewriter with a power assist. The early ones had no electronics at all. The later ones that used the ball had some electronics but no text editing as they printed exactly what you typed as you typed it. The ones that were pretty advanced were dot matrix typewriters which existed for a very short period of time and were replaced with word processors. A word processor had a basic spell checker and could edit the text before it was printed. My first computer was an Amstrad word processor that came out before the 286 chip and the PC.

The coolest typewriter I ever had was actually an early plotter. It used small pens to write the text on the paper. The roller moved up and down as the pen moved side to side. It could print in 4 colors as it had 4 pens in the head. You would type out a line of text that appeared on an LCD display and then when you hit the enter key it would print out the line all at once. It looked better than dot matrix but had no kind of spell checker. It could also print graphs and pie charts which was just way cool back then. You just entered in the data and hit go and it went to work making these charts.

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steveastroukVyger

Answer 4 years ago

Those plotters WERE fantastic beasties. They were made by ALPS, a company that makes all sorts of buttons, joysticks and IO these days. Sadly they stopped production more than 20 years ago,

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metalshifletsteveastrouk

Answer 4 years ago

I know there is a spell check mechanism in the keyboard. I will post the model number when I get home

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rickharris

4 years ago

Without a load more information I guess the answer is NO.