Originally developed to help the blind be able to write, the first practical typewriter, along with the QWERTY keyboard, was invented by Christopher Sholes and patented on July 14, 1868. After inventing the typewriter, Sholes abandoned the typewriter and sold the patent that ended up in the hands of E. Remington and Sons, who made it a commercial success. Today, typewriters are rarely used or found and have been widely replaced by the computer with its computer keyboard and word processors. However, the QWERTY keyboard layout is still used on almost every US keyboard. In the picture below is an example of a typewriter.