It won first prize.
The iTypewriter by Austin Yang, who sez:
It is a typewriter for the ipad. Users can enjoy the old feeling of typing and also the lastest technology. Even though 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. People could be able to recollect old experience and memory by familiar appearance and haptic feedback.
Almost certainly some class of wind-up, in which case the demo video shot in portrait format, presumably on an iPhone, is a lovely touch.
Morskoiboy, who created this wonderful hydraulic boozamajig sez:
So, if you’re interested, let me explain this contraption and the mechanism that makes it work. At the top of the machine there is a slot into which a bottle with alcohol, water, or even milk can be screwed. The essence of the art here lies in the ability of the syrups or liqueurs to tint the neutral color of the liquid. In the picture below you can see the connector itself and the regulator (which is actually an IV Rate Flow Regulator I picked up in a drugstore), which opens or closes off the air flow into the bottle and thus acts as an on/off switch. Once it enters the machine, the liquid spreads across the fourteen tubules.
Typewriters will no longer be produced anywhere in the world. Mashable.com tells us:
The last company on earth to produce the typewriter — Godrej and Boyce — has shut down its production plant in Mumbai, India, according to reports that, fittingly, are making the rounds via the Internet.
The company’s general manager, Milind Dukle, told India’s Business Standard newspaper: “We are not getting many orders now.”
The announcement ends a long run for the device, which was once a mainstay of office life. A prototype of the typewriter was introduced in 1714 by Henry Mill, but the first mass-produced typewriter came in 1868 when Christopher Latham Sholes, a printer-publisher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, patented the device.
The typewriter hit its peak of production in the 1950s when Smith-Corona sold 12 million of the machines in the last quarter of 1953. But, thanks to the encroachment of the personal computer, only about 400,000 typewriters had been sold annually by 2009.
As a farewell salute to the typewriter, here’s Jerry Lewis with an imaginary one.
No, just a bunch of new iPods actually. But the abomination above is no mere sight-gag. It’s a fully operational USB typewriter.
Available now at USB Typewriter. Well, duh.
Killer tagline: ‘A groundbreaking advancement in the field of obsolescence’.