This 80s typewriter is now a Linux terminal and ASCII artprinter thanks to modern hardware

This 80s typewriter is now a Linux terminal and ASCII artprinter thanks to modern hardware ...

Riley repurposed a Brother AX-25 electronic typewriter from the late 1980s that uses a daisy wheel to type text and spruced it up with some modern hardware. The AX-25 is capable of editing documents stored in its 8kb of memory, but of course, we can do better today.

It's still a work in progress, but at this stage, the typewriter is connected to a breadboard circuit with two multiplexers that are controlled by an Arduino Uno.

Riley may connect the typewriter to a Raspberry Pi over serial, using a voltage divider in the middle to prevent the Arduino from being damaged. The pin allows Riley to connect to a laptop via USB.

Riley explained that the typewriter is quite handy for generating ASCII art. He didn't want to create a piece that was too detailed until he obtains a replacement ribbon for it. The tiny illustration is wonderful.

Riley has uploaded the code he wrote for the system to GitHub for anyone interested in experimenting with their own project. There are even some examples of the typewriter for sale on eBay if you're looking for this exact model.

The YouTuber hopes to have the machine turned into a fully functioning system, and the next step will be to connect a keyboard to the Arduino so he doesn't need to use another computer to control it. Over the next weeks and months, we will keep an eye on this project.

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