Patented: History of Inventions



Ep. 99

The keyboard on the first ever commercially successful typewriter and the keyboard on your smartphone are separated by a gulf of time and technology. Yet their layout is essentially the same (plus or minus a few new buttons along the way).

Who invented the QWERTY keyboard layout and why hasn’t it been updated?

What is the Shift button all about?

Who else remembers the weird way it felt to type on the ZX Spectrum?

To tell the stories that lurk underneath the keyboards you use every day, Dallas is joined by Marcin Wichary. His book ‘Shift Happens’ is available via Kickstarter now:

Produced by Sophie Gee, Edited by Freddy Chick, Senior Editor is Charlotte Long.

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