Monday, December 5, 2011

The Chromatic Typewriter

Tyree Callahan, located in Washington state, has invented something he calls The Chromatic Typewriter: he took a 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter, removed its type elements, and replaced them with pieces of oil stick. When the keys are pressed, it produces color instead of a character.

This fantastic, whimsical creation has got me thinking all kinds of wild thoughts about civilizations that communicate in color, "writing" and recording with this marvelous machine. I know hummingbirds and insects navigate the world by color... what if there is an advanced species of hummingbird-like creatures on another planet? And this is how they "write?"

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