A Laptop Your Great-Grandfather Would Love Photos of a laptop computer with a keyboard from an old-fashioned typewriter are making the rounds on tech blogs. Whether it really works, or whether it's just a sculpture, readers really, really want one.

A Laptop Your Great-Grandfather Would Love

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

And the last word in business, people who like the latest in computer design are circulating a photo on the tech gadget blogs. You can link to that photo on our Web site, npr.org, but if that picture could talk, it would sound pretty low-tech.

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WERTHEIMER: It's a laptop computer with the usual sleek screen, but the keyboard is from an old fashioned typewriter, with raised keys that look rickety enough to get stuck.

There's a wooden space bar, and even a telegraph key.

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WERTHEIMER: The computer was designed by, quote, a creative Japanese fellow, as one blog calls him. But there's some debate about whether it really works or whether it's just a sculpture.

At least one blog visitor doesn't seem to care, and writes, even if it turns out that this doesn't work, I still covet it.

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