Mechanical Muse Redux

By: Matthew Battles
June 14, 2010

I think I’ve reached my iPad tipping point:

The USB Typewriter is an arduously/elegantly-mashed-up hybrid of postmodern consumer electronics and the haunted machinery of Henry James, William S. Burroughs, and Paul Auster. You can order a custom model or get the kit via Etsy.

I’m reminded of one of my favorite unrealized schemes: to acquire a couple of industrial robots and program them to run a letterpress and bindery. The ebook, only in reverse! Which prompts a question: if a technologically-augmented human is a cyborg, what is a hybrid of two radically different technologies? A mechborg?