A lot has changed in how we put words on paper since Christopher Latham Sholes patented the typewriter 145 years ago today. But in a world dominated by e-mail, multi-function printers, and Siri, manual typewriters remain surprisingly popular among collectors and users alike.
Dedicated manual typists maintain that their favorite typewriters, unlike computers, have unique personalities: different sounds, different feels. Stroking the keys of a typewriter takes a little bit more work, but is arguably more engaging than lightly tapping away at the PC.
Using a typewriter may not eliminate writer’s block, but it certainly can reduce distractions. There’s no e-mail, Facebook, or Twitter to tempt you away from your work.
Even Sholes might be surprised by the number of websites, not to mention a magazine and a virtual museum, dedicated to collecting vintage typewriters. Collectors can even call actor Tom Hanks one of their own. He has admitted to having over 200 manual typewriters in his collection.
Do you long to feel the rhythm of the keys as the words flow from your fingers? The Wordsmith’s Manual Typewriter recalls the thoughtful, well-written correspondence of yesteryear. Devoid of technological crutches such as spell-check and deletion, each of its 44 keys requires a firm, purposeful stroke for a steady click-clacking cadence that encourages the patient, considered sentiment of a wordsmith who thinks before writing.
Our typewriter even comes with a handy built-in carrying case. You’ll be the hit of your local coffee shop…and you won’t have to search for a plug.
It’s not unusual to hear a person about to play some music say they’re putting on a record, even if the format is a CD or an MP3 streamed from a music web site.
If you’re stuck in this groove, you have Dr. Peter Goldmark to thank. On this day in 1948, Goldmark, an employee of Columbia Records, introduced the long-playing microgroove 33-1/3 phonograph disc. His invention allowed multiple and lengthy works to be recorded on a single disc, revolutionizing the recording industry.
Very few remember one of Goldmark’s later inventions. In 1955, he developed the Highway Hi-Fi, and persuaded Chrysler to install his record players in their cars. Although Goldmark’s Hi-Fi was balanced properly to account for bumps and curves on the road, the device did not work well in the Dodge and Plymouth models Chrysler put the players into. Adjustments were made, but long-term commercial success was not to be had.
Fast forward a few decades later, and the 6-CD changer became a common fixture in virtually every make of auto. We can’t imagine that anyone is still trying to play a hi-fi in their car, but nearly everyone has old LPs or tape cassettes that deserve to be heard again. Listen to those sweet, old sounds with The LP And Cassette To CD/Digital Converter. Available only from Hammacher Schlemmer, this is the combination recorder and stereo system that preserves classic vinyl records and cassette tapes by recording them to audio CDs or converting the songs to MP3s.
We can help preserve your video memories, too. The VHS To DVD Converter easily transfers your VHS tapes to standard DVDs. Also a player, this device is ideal for those who have a library of both formats.
What’s next for the audio/video industry? Who knows, but we’ve sure come a long way from the days of Goldmark’s LP.
No need for bulky carrying cases; this iPad power case adds just a half-inch of thickness to your device, fitting 2nd and 3rd generation iPads perfectly. The soft suede-lined interior protects against scratches and dings, while the leather-like cover folds under itself, providing a landscape mode for stationary use.
Don’t need battery power right now? Not a problem; the battery feature can be turned off when not necessary. But when you do need a charge, say, on those long train or airplane trips where there are no power outlets, this iPad power case supplies up to 12 hours of backup power. The 13,500 mAh lithium polymer battery can sustain prolonged use, keeping you entertained without worrying about draining your device. LEDs indicate the charge remaining, and the included USB cable makes it easy to recharge the case once you’ve made it back to your computer.
Keep your iPad looking like new and running anytime you’re on the go. The 12 Hour iPad Power Case from Hammacher Schlemmer. It’s extra power when you need it; extra protection when you don’t.
Those cherished home videos don’t need to collect dust on your shelf. The VHS movies you haven’t watched in years should be preserved for a lifetime of viewing. Now with The VHS To DVD Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer, old is new again!
This converter preserves your memories by transferring VHS recordings to DVDs with the touch of a button. Also a player, the VHS to DVD Converter is ideal for those who have a library of both DVD and VHS home videos. For viewing DVDs, the unit has 1080p upscaling through an HDMI output, maximizing video resolution and audio on an HDMI-compatible television using a single cable. A front DV input allows you to connect a camcorder directly to the device to transfer content directly to a DVD (includes a coaxial input as well as component and composite inputs). An onscreen display guides you through set up. Compatible with most DVD formats–not compatible with Blu-Ray or PAL-formatted media. The system allows MP3, JPEG, and WMA playback, and includes a universal remote control.
Free up some space on your entertainment center shelves, and don’t let those video tapes deteriorate for another day. Get The VHS to DVD Converter.
Those old slides in the shoe box won’t last forever. Never mind that old projector in the closet, the one with the burned-out light bulb you’ve tried in vain to replace. With this picture converter, you get the highest resolution – 9 megapixels – of any model of its type. And it doesn’t need to be connected to a computer. In fact, you don’t even need to plug it into an electrical outlet.
Place your slides (35mm) and negatives (110 and 135) into a tray that aligns each properly when inserted into the cordless didital picture converter. Just one touch captures the image in 3-5 seconds as a JPEG file that can be immediately previewed on the built-in 2 1/2″ TFT color display.
Viewing options are plenty. There is a built-in slot for an SD memory card on which to store your photos. Or, use the included USB cable to transfer pictures to a running PC. Plus, you can connect the Slide converter to a television and view your photos as you save them.
Its 9 MP CMOS sensor provides 3328 x 2216 resolution, automatic exposure control, and color balance, resulting in clear digital images without loss of quality. Its rechargeable battery provides up to 400 conversions from either USB (six hours) or AC (three hours) for untethered operation. Includes photo editing software that allows optional manipulation of converted digital photos.
Preserve your slides and negatives so they can be cherished forever, with The Cordless Digital Picture Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer.
The Adjustable iPad Floor Stand from Hammacher Schlemmer keeps a firm grip on your iPad so you can move freely, without needing to use your lap as a work space. Whether you are sitting, standing, even exercising, your iPad stays in place.
The iPad floor stand telescopes, tilts, and swivels to hold the device at any position for optimal comfort. Four bungee cords on the platform hold an iPad or a similar device inverted over your face while you lie down or sit supine in a lounge chair, eliminating the need to hold the device in awkward positions and leaving hands unencumbered to navigate apps. The iPad stand telescopes from 30″ to 53″ high, yaws, and rotates 360º, providing customizable comfort whether you are reclined, seated upright, or standing. The Adjustable iPad Floor Stand can be placed next to a chair or couch while keeping the iPad in your line of vision, and the four casters enable quick relocation. Also ideal for holding a device while you exercise, cook, or perform hobbies, this iPad stand adjusts to hold a Kindle, Nook, or other tablet computers as well.
Don’t look for a safe spot to lay down your device the next time you need to get up from your bed or chair. Keep it in securely fastened with the Adjustable iPad Floor Stand.
The iPhone Photo Printer from Hammacher Schlemmer allows you to print pictures directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch without the need for a computer, and without software. The downloadable app is free, and it doesn’t even require an ink cartridge! Thanks to patented paper embedded with yellow, magenta, and cyan dye crystals, this iPhone photo printer produces clear 300 dpi resolution pictures in less than a minute’s time. Taking up no more space than a tissue box, and with an available Nylon Carrying Case, it goes anywhere you do.
Imagine getting the perfect shot through your iPhone lens, and immediately being able to share prints you can send home with family and friends. No waiting until you get home to download and print your pictures, or stopping at the pharmacy photo kiosk. Print them out instantly, with The iPhone Photo Printer.
This iPad Internet Chat Handset provides the ideal interface for Skype and FaceTime users when conducting video chats. The iPad2 or iPad3 is propped up at a convenient viewing angle while wirelessly connecting to the Bluetooth keyboard for easy typing.
Eliminating the need to shout through a speakerphone, the iPad chat handset lets the user converse as if on a traditional phone call, even as it drowns out ambient noise for clear reception. With the included USB cable, a two-hour charge while connected to your a computer provides up to 40 hours of uninterrupted use. And when not being utilized, the handset and keyboard fold up to the size of a portfolio for ease of mobility.
Missing the feeling of being on a phone call, while needing the convenience and clarity of a web-connected conversation? Then The iPad Internet Chat Handset from Hammacher Schlemmer is the perfect utility.
The Memory Card DVD Photo Converter from Hammacher Schlemmer provides a fast, simple option for saving images and video onto hard disc storage without needing computer access. Weighing only half a pound and no bigger than your morning piece of toast, this device is compact enough to go with you on vacations, to weddings, or any other event where you photography skills will outlast your portable storage.
By inserting a DVD or CD, along with your camera’s memory card, the Memory Card DVD Photo Converter, you’re just a touch of a button from copying your pictures and videos onto discs that can be immediately shared or used as storage. And with burn speeds up to 8X for DVD and 24X for CDs, the memory card converter will be done in mere minutes. An LCD screen displays capacity and speed information, while the device automatically divides files among multiple discs should your memory card exceed available disc space. Now, the memory card is clear and ready for the next of your tour.
Don’t stop taking pictures because your memory card is full! Get The Memory Card DVD Photo Converter, and click on!