The Hemingwrite is a typewriter updated: slightly chunky keyboard housed in 4 pounds of plastic and aluminum, with a small e-paper screen. As a typewriter, it is designed to minimize the infinite modifications, eliminate distractions, and allow users to write when and where they want without worrying about saving battery life or damage to a device fragile. Unlike a typewriter, it is designed to sync while writing via Wi-Fi to a variety of online platforms, mainly Dropbox, Google Docs, Evernote, Apple iCloud, and onedrive Microsoft. The battery is supposed to last a month or more, with "typical use" even if we are not sure what typical usage time most people on an electronic typewriter is.
For a device intended to strip as many features as possible, the Hemingwrite includes some very nice small additions. A status bar at the bottom of the main screen will show you count your password or let you set a timer for writing, and if you happen to use Markdown, it can automatically convert to normal layout during synchronization . A software development kit could let people add custom plugins, such as integration with other popular services like Scrivener. The keys use Cherry MX switches, the gold standard for most modern mechanical keyboards. And reassuring, developers show an actual working prototype, but they say they are "the beginning of the manufacturing process."
The major snag is the cost. The best possible price for Hemingwrite is $ 349 on Kickstarter, and only 25 people can get it; commitment is a standard for $ 399 and the retail price (if it reaches this point) will be $499. You could buy a real computer or a selection of vintage typewriters with that money. The Kickstarter, meanwhile, fell a field earlier: the Hemingwrite would be built well enough to "past generations." This was always going to be a difficult request to hold, so down, it is a good thing, but it does make it a little less ambitious project.
Kickstarter Hemingwrite demand for $ 250,000, which will be used to design polishing and making do on a larger scale. It will run until 23 January.