USB Typewriter Conversion Kit -- Easy Install Version

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Made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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DESCRIPTION: Amazingly, this simple kit will convert almost any manual typewriter into a USB computer keyboard, for use with any Mac or PC, or even with tablets such as the iPad! With this simple process, you can turn your typewriter into a modern marvel in a single afternoon, using only the most basic tools (a screwdriver, some sandpaper, and a hot glue gun).

After the conversion, your USB Typewriter will still print on paper, so if you want you can turn your computer off and type normally, while still saving your manuscript to edit digitally afterwards. Alternatively, you can use your typewriter as an elegant keyboard stand for your tablet (as shown), provided that your tablet supports USB Keyboards. Note that some tablets, such as the iPad, require special adapters to connect to keyboards, which is why I now offer a Bluetooth option to simplify connection to any smartphone or tablet.

This kit requires no soldering or computer skills to install, and in most cases installation takes only two or three hours. The kit will work on a wide range of portable typewriters, and on select desktop models, too (See to determine if your typewriter is compatible with the kit.) Just select your brand from the drop-down menu above when checking out.

View the full assembly instructions at:

Please visit to make sure your typewriter is compatible with our kit.

A control panel that mounts to the side of the typewriter.
A sleek sensor panel that fits beneath the typewriter to detect keypresses.
Four magnetic sensors (for detecting Shift, Space, and Backspace keys)
An assortment of magnets to activate the magnetic sensors.
A bracket to hold your tablet/iPad on top of the typewriter.

Basic tools (a screwdriver, some sandpaper or an emory board, and a high-temperature hot glue gun)
A working manual typewriter that is compatible with the kit (See )
The online video-based instructions (located at
Optional: Wire strippers and Dremel rotary tool.


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Average review
Jul 4, 2017 by Jason Fishell
Great item. I love the brain power used in converting an old item and repurposing it, so it is still valuable within our current technology. I haven't had a a chance to install it but excited to do so. I hope the Bluetooth option works. Cross my fingers...
Mar 30, 2017 by twirluntildizzy
Jul 9, 2015 by Hanne Winter
This item works great, but I ran into some difficulties while putting it together. Also, it was supposed to come with the cables I needed to use right away. So after a few hours of hard work I couldn't even test it! I had to go out to the store to buy the cable, and emailing with the shop owner was met with no response or help. So, it works but not sure I'd buy from this shop again.
Dec 23, 2014 by John Richards
Yeah, It's awesome. Programing was a bit of a challenge but that was on me. Don't rush and realize it may take a few attempts. It is all very well designed. Brilliant really.
Dec 6, 2014 by Patrick Lynch

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Unless otherwise requested, all kits and typewriters are shipped FedEx. International orders are shipped with the US Postal Service.

I pack my typewriters extremely well, so you do not have to worry about damage during shipping.

Shipping costs for ready-made or custom-made USB-Typewriters will be layed out in individual item descriptions.

Any customs duties or import taxes levied by non-US countries on US goods are the sole responsibility of the purchaser to pay. If you are concerned about the customs charges your country may require to import goods, please contact me before purchasing and I will help you determine what they may be, if any.

I'm sorry, but I cannot issue refunds for items returned due to non-payment of customs charges.


I accept Paypal and credit cards. If you wish to pay with credit card, please email me and I'll send you a credit card invoice.

Returns & exchanges

All ready-made USB Typewriters are vintage machines that have been pre-owned. I guarantee that pictures and functional descriptions of the machines are an honest representation of each typewriter being purchased -- however, because of the reclaimed nature of these antique typewriters, it is possible you may not receive the exact typewriter that is pictured in the listing. I offer a 60 day satisfaction guarantee return policy -- during which time you may choose to return the typewriter to me for any reason (If you have requested a custom paint job or engraved message for your typewriter, however, I will not accept returns.). I also offer a 2 year repair/replace policy against breakage due to normal use.

All PCBs and components included in the DIY Conversion Kits are guaranteed against defects. Any obvious flaws in these parts is grounds for a full refund. If you have any problems assembling the kit, I will do my best to guide you through it.