A teleprinter was a mechanical form of point-to-point communication.
First manufactured in the 1830s, teleprinters are still used with the aviation industry and for those who are hearing impaired as a form of typed communication.
A teleprinter (teletypewriter, teletype or TTY) is an electromechanical device that can be used to send and receive typed messages through various communications channels, in both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint configurations. Initially they were used in telegraphy, which developed in the late 1830s and 1840s as the first use of electrical engineering, though teleprinters were not used for telegraphy until 1887 at the earliest. The machines were adapted to provide a user interface to early mainframe computers and minicomputers, sending typed data to the computer and printing the response. Some models could also be used to create punched tape for data storage (either from typed input or from data received from a remote source) and to read back such tape for local printing or transmission.
Those of us over a certain age will remember on Saturday afternoon the BBC football results coming in live on the teleprinter and shown on the TV screen. The sports presenter standing at the side talking over the noise of the teleprinter!!
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