How a 1950s TV and a Typewriter Became a PC

Jan 21, 2010 by

What do you get when you combine one part 1950s TV with two parts of a vintage typewriter?  A fantastically retro Philco PC, but of course!

Designed by SchultzeWORKS, a design studio in Pasadena who has created electronics for the major names like Microsoft and LG, this Philco PC placed in the top three contestants for a challenge that called for a “radical reinvention of the personal computer.”  Isn’t it interesting that a “radical” reinvention would mean traveling back 50 and 100 years to be inspired by antique typewriters and vintage TVs?

The best part is that this design might actually become reality.  I will be the first in line to trade in my uninspiring keyboard and plastic framed monitors for this vintage-inspired technology!

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25 Comments

  1. Oh wow, that is fab!! I want one!

  2. I am in love! oooooooh.

  3. Annie Pazoo

    Oh, for THAT I would give up my Mac!

  4. ha! how cool is that!

  5. jen

    Very cool! You know, for a PC. :)

  6. it is fantastic! i hope the keys make the typewriter noise. hope you are well even though it seems to be raining cats & dogs in cali. enjoy your weekend!

  7. Dave Schultze

    Thanks for the comments. We also did a wicked cool video which you can check out at http://www.vimeo.com/7951005

    Dave Schultze, SchultzeWORKS. PhilcoPC designer.

  8. Utterly Fantastic!

    This screen is warm and friendly compared to modern screens which are colder and more distant…

    Thanks For Sharing This…

    Martin

  9. I love this! I’ve wondered why computer design is so uninspired. The retro look would be right up my alley.

    Liz

  10. that is so cool!

  11. sbfh

    If you have ever watched Warehouse 13 (on SyFy) there is a computer there with a similar keyboard. The Philco screen on this one is amazingly cool, especially since the original tv was only b/w.

    You have an awesome website.
    Thanks

  12. Very cool. The keyboard almost looks steampunk.

  13. Good work, keep us posting, you are good writer.

  14. lol.
    I find that kinda funny yet so fasinating!
    Its like living in the past & in the future at the same time!


    Pearl

  15. Strange this post is totaly unrelated to what I was searching google for, but it was listed on the first page. I guess your doing something right if Google likes you enough to put you on the first page of a non related search. :)

  16. Hey, I just hopped over to your site via StumbleUpon. Not somthing I would normally read, but I liked your thoughts none the less. Thanks for making something worth reading.

  17. great blog! keep up the great work!

  18. Fine information. I appreciate your effort, have a nice day!

  19. sign me up on this stuff! great post, thanks for showing us.

  20. This is crazy good. Where can you get this kind of typewriter?

  21. Wow! Such a fantastic Product.

  22. where can i get this?

  23. Perhaps this is one of the most interesting blogs that I have ever seen. Interesting article, Funny comment. Keep it up!
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  24. they do the work of keeping your ft cozy or just keeping them at the most appropriate temperature plus their appears do sort of grow on you as time goes buy.

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