Created by industrial designer Austin Yang, the nostalgic concept allows users to enjoy that good ol' feeling of typing on a classic typewriter.
Each time a key is pushed, a small metal arm — equipped with small rubber pads on the tip — reaches out to touch the corresponding character on the iPad's digital keyboard. You can check out the iTypewriter in action in the video below:
Now, you're probably asking yourself, "who in their right mind would actually use such a thing?" As Yang explains on his personal website, "the elder users who have never used the computer or ipad, they can use this familiar typewriter and type in the familiar operation way. For some specific group of users, this product provide an easier way to type on the ipad."
So, despite the additional interest from hipsters abroad, Yang has targeted a specific demographic with his device. Yet the idea that the elderly would require such an accessory in order to interact and perform the simplest of functions with a digital keyboard seems a little outlandish. But, then again, I wouldn't know. I'm not 80 years old.
We've covered a few peculiar iAccessories in the past, including the iCade for gamers, and the 3DCone for iPhone carrying photography enthusiasts. But the iTypewriter has got to be one of the most unnecessary Apple accessories to make the pages of The Right Click.
(Photo courtesy of Austin-Yang.com)