You’ll be able to spend as a lot cash as you wish to customise a mechanical keyboard and set up the fanciest switches, however it is going to by no means sound as satisfyingly clackety as this setup by Jatin Patel who constructed an unusual contraption that recreates the sounds of an old-school mechanical typewriter.
The first iteration of Patel’s creation merely featured a collection of solenoids—small units that use electromagnetic coils to rapidly prolong and retract a steel plunger or piston—mounted to an extended picket board. A customized Python script on Patel’s laptop reads each keystroke and sends it to an Arduino linked over USB. The Arduino then triggers the solenoids to fireplace, leading to a loud however satisfying clacking sound with each key pressed.
It resulted in a typing expertise that will make any mechanical keyboard fanatic jealous, however Patel didn’t cease there.
Wanting a extra genuine typewriter expertise, Patel created a second model of the machine with the solenoid-covered board linked to a pulley and a motor that moved it in small increments with each press of a key, much like how an precise typewriter strikes the carriage from proper to left. An extra solenoid was added to ring a bell when the carriage must be reset, which is achieved manually by merely sliding the complete mechanism again in direction of the suitable.
It’s about as absurd as hacks can get, and it’s clear Patel wasn’t nervous about aesthetics as they cobbled this entire factor collectively. However whenever you really hear it in motion, it’s laborious to argue what a gorgeous sound this monstrosity creates.