Typewriters are something which was when common, yet which quickly disappeared and also are currently an uncommon view. There was a duration of a couple of years in which electrical typewriters and also computer systems existed side-by-side however, and also it is just one of these which [Jonah Brchert] has experimented with connecting to a computer for use as a printer or terminal.
The equipment concerned is a SIGMA SM 8200i typewriter, which is a rebadged variation of the Eastern German Erika S3004. It has an appealing 26-pin port on its side which offers accessibility to a 1200 baud serial port. It utilizes its very own personality inscribing referred to as “gdrascii”, for which there is a Python library that he might port to Corrosion. The outcome is an incurable in the old design, from the days when accessibility to a computer system was via a teletype instead of a display. All that’s missing out on is a punched tape viewers at its side!
We have actually included a great deal of typewriters right here over the ears, however this isn’t the initial that has actually obtained an incurable conversion.