Originally Posted: December 13th, 2014
Updated: June 15th, 2018
There’s something immediately cute and nostalgic about this contraption. It’s retro, but certainly not vintage. Strangely pseudo-futuristic, like a kid’s toy from the 90’s taking a stab at potentially awesome technology just around the bend.
Meet Hemingwrite: billed as a distraction free digital typewriter, this keyboard-meets-screen is essentially a word processor that syncs up to the cloud in real-time so you never have to worry about losing a sentence or falling down the Wikipedia
The main draw is a Keep It Simple mentality: lose the internet, keep the keyboard. Finally, there’s absolutely no excuse for not finishing that novel, poem, short story, non-fiction essay, experimental prose, and/or screenplay.
I personally enjoy writing by hand or by typewriter. There’s something extremely satisfying about your own bodily mechanics groaning in tandem with creative mental acrobatics.
From the look of it, the Hemingway seems too toy-like for my tastes. Even if it’s built with durable parts, the design screams “cheap.” Whether its the uninspired matte black, red control keys, symmetrical knobs, or the screen beneath the screen–this machine isn’t the type of thing I’d want to be caught carrying around while making my way across town to, well, write.
(The hilarious joke being that I’m sure people say the same thing about us typewriter-writing hipsters.)
What do you think? Would you use a Hemingwrite? Buy one? Leave a comment.
And if you’d like to support Hemingwrite on Kickstarter, you can find them here. (All photos & gifs are from the Hemingwrite Kickstarter page.)