In case you’ve ever tried to jot down one thing lengthy – a thesis, a guide, or a manifesto outlining your disappointment within the trendy technocracy and your plan to foment violent revolution – you recognize that distractions can sluggish you down and even cease the artistic course of. That’s why the parents at Astrohaus created the Freewrite, a distraction-free typewriter, and it’s all the time why they’re launching the Traveler, a laptop-like phrase processor that’s designed for writing and nothing else.
The product, which I noticed final week, consists of a hearty, full-sized keyboard and an E ink display screen. There are a number of “paperwork” you may open and shut and the system autosaves and syncs to companies like Dropbox routinely. The laptop computer prices $279 on Indiegogo and could have a retail value of $599.
The purpose of the Freewrite Traveler is to offer you a spot to jot down. You pull it out of your bag, open it, and begin typing. That’s it. There are not any Tweets, Fb sharing methods, or video games. It lasts for 4 weeks on one cost – a daring declare however not inconceivable – and there are some enhancements to the enhancing capabilities together with digital arrow keys that allow you to transfer up and down in a doc as you write. There are additionally hotkeys to carry up ancillary data like outlines, analysis, or notes.
If the Traveler is something like the unique Freewrite then you may anticipate some really rugged . I examined an early mannequin and the whole factor was constructed like a tank or, extra accurately, like a Leica. As a result of it’s aimed on the inventive wanderer, the whole factor weighs two kilos and is about as large because the collected stories of Raymond Carver.
Is it for you? Properly, if you happen to appreciated the unique Freewrite and even missed the bandwagon when it first launched, you would possibly actually benefit from the Traveler. As a result of it’s small and light-weight it might simply grow to be a second writing gadget on your extra artistic work that you simply pull out in instances of pensive creativity. It’s not a real phrase processor alternative, nonetheless, and it’s a “first-thought-best-thought” sort of software, permitting you to get phrases down with out a lot fuss. I wouldn’t suggest it for research-intensive writing however you might simply sketch out nearly any sort of doc on the Traveler after which edit it on an actual laptop computer.
There aren’t many bodily instruments to help distraction-free writing. Some of us, myself included, have used the notorious AlphaSmart, a loopy previous phrase processor utilized by college students or just arrange laptops and not using a Wi-Fi connection. The Freewrite Traveler takes all of that to the subsequent degree by providing the best, clearest, and most distraction-free system out there. Given it’s 50% off proper now on Indiegogo it is perhaps the suitable time to make the leap.