Noisy Typer Adds the Sound of a Manual Typewriter to Your Laptop (video)

noisy typerHere’s something guaranteed to drive your nearby coworkers up the wall.

Artist and designer Theo Watson has developed a new app that fixes the one least annoying feature of a laptop: it’s not noisy enough. Specifically, he’s written a free app that makes typing on your laptop sound like an old time typewriter.

Check it out:

This only works on OSX at the moment, and unfortunately there’s no sign that the developer plans to develop a version of the app for Windows. On the other hand that is probably a good thing. These sound effects are annoying enough that they are liable to inspire a lynch mob.

Trust me, I know what I’m talking about.

I like to carry around a full-sized USB keyboard at conferences and I get dirty looks because it is not as quiet as the average laptop.  It’s silly, I know, but that’s what people are doing.

But at least I didn’t suffer the fate of Skye Ferrante. This 39-year-old writer was kicked out of a coworking space in Greenwich Village in 2010 because he worked on a 1929 Royal typewriter:

The 37-year-old writer represented a bygone era, the last typewriter-user in a special room devoted to typists.

“In the event that there are no desks available, laptop users must make room for typists,” read a sign posted in the “Typing Room” for years.

When Ferrante returned to the Writers Room in April after an eight-month break, the sign was gone and his noisy typewriter was no longer welcome.

“I was told I was the unintended beneficiary of a policy to placate the elderly members who have all since died off,” said Ferrante, a Manhattan native who’s writing children’s books. “They offered me a choice to switch to a laptop or refund my money, which to me is no choice at all.”



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. monopole12 March, 2013

    I trust it incorporates a webcam rear view app which allows the user to see co-workers approaching from behind to (rightfully and justifiably) garrote the user for being a complete and utter prat.

    1. Tim Wilhoit12 March, 2013

      I don’t know…I think garroting would be too easy on him. That’s entirely too quick. 😀

  2. Olivier12 March, 2013

    Just buy a mechanical keyboard if you want to drive your surrounding nutty. At least there’s a justifiable reason for the clacking sound.

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