Does anyone know anything about this typewriter interface? Answered
The typewriter is an AEG Olympia ES-95i. It's a big beige electronic machine from maybe the late 70s or early 80s.
On the back there is a 20 pin rectangular male connector with 2 rows of 10 pins. If I connect random pins with something metal, it types various characters. I'm wondering if anybody knows what kind of interface this thing might use so I can go about connecting it to my computer.
I've found a bit more random information about this type of device which might help:
Apparently Olympia made another typewriter in the same line that was basically the same as a bytewriter model. Irritatingly the article says the bytewrite provides no technical information "other than the pin-out assignments for the connector. "
It would appear from the rest of the article that the connector might be some kind of modified centronics interface.
I'll try to get a picture up soon.
Here's the photo. Whatever it is I hope it turns out to be bidirectional so I can use this as a tty :).