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analogue message, digital transmission, character output
Skypewriters are Underwood style typewriters, on which you have to bash the keys in order to create any message.
The main difference between Skypewriters and traditional typewriters is in their ability to transmit messages to similar machines linked via the internet.
Messages sent this way are
printed out on corresponding Skypewriters on the red ribbon via the paper and key strike method, with the keys being under motor control when in receiving mode.
This means that a really nice record of all conversations are printed live on paper, with the full character of ink smudges, chattering keys, miss-strikes, etc all being preserved.
The venerable ASR 33 [mouseposture, Apr 14 2012]
lovely [xenzag, Apr 14 2012]
||Teletype is not what I have in mind.... much too modern - see link.
||Well, OK. But an ASR 33 might achieve the right
[a]esthetic if you took the case off. Maybe you
could retrofit one for steam-power?
||There is, or was, a gadget that turned typewriters
into teletypes, using solenoids to press the keys.
Only worked for electric typewriters IIRC, but
stronger actuators with longer travel would have
allowed it to
operate a manual.