Inside the IBM Selectric [Video]

By Jason Fitzpatrick on July 2nd, 2012

The IBM Selectric was one of the best selling typewriters of the 1960s and 70s and featured a rather unique digital-binary to analog system that controlled a typeball instead of a row of type bars. Check out this video to look inside.

Courtesy of Bill Hammack of Engineer Guy Video, we’re treated to a peek inside the popular typewriter model and an upclose look at how the unique typeball rotates and tilts to precisely deliver each letter.

IBM Selectric Typewriter & Its Digital to Analogue Converter [Engineer Guy Video]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/2/12
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