The Macaroni Box calculating machine is so called because that’s exactly what was used for the original prototype in 1884. What makes this device so special is that it pioneered the idea of a key entry for calculating machines. The alphanumeric keyboard evolved separately for typewriters, but the notion of typewriters being combined with computer interfaces did not come till much later. The keyboard in front of you traces back to the marriage of this single device with the typewriter.
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