Nostalgia for Obsolete Technology Meets DIY Culture in the USB Typewriter

Jack Zylkin, an engineer, hooks antique typewriters up to modern computers and tablets to create functioning writing machines — and then sells them on Etsy. It’s almost a perfect storm of hipster obsessions. Vintage? Check. Handmade? Check. iPad? Check. Open source? Check. Et cetera. You might be tempted roll your eyes, but watch this documentary from Etsy’s Handmade Portraits series and see if he doesn’t convince you that there’s something extremely satisfying about merging antique machinery with glossy, networked devices.