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Typecasting the iPad
Got a tablet and an old typewriter? You can play Dr. Frankenstein, the ultimate steampunk practitioner, and breathe new life into each. Jack Zylkin's USB Typewriter Easy-Install Conversion Kit lets you transform an old mechanical typewriter into a stand and keyboard for your iPad or Android tablet; it'll also work as the keyboard for a Mac, Windows or Linux PC.
The $79 kit's sensors, circuit board and switches come customized for your particular typewriter -- from Corona to Underwood -- and the conversion takes about two hours to complete. The typewriter still works with paper, but you will have to use the carriage return at the end of each line.
In Pictures: Queen Victoria's gadgets - tech gear for the steampunk set