Writing Ball

Writing Ball

An interactive artifact

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Writing Ball

 

Digital reconstruction of a writing ball using restauration sketches as well as the original patent papers. Created in cooperation with the restaurator of Friedrich Nietsche’s Writing Ball as well as the “International Malling-Hansen Society”.

  • invented in 1867 by the danish teacher for deaf-mute people Rasmus Malling-Hansen
  • it was the very first commercially sold Typewriter
  • won prices at various world fairs and was thought to be technically flawless
  • unfortunately it never became the standard. Instead the american Remington Typewriters (using the QWERTY Layout) asserted themselves on the world market
  • all in all only around 200 Writing Balls were ever sold