Two fully certified geeks are attempting to bring the typewriter back complete with a modern-day makeover. Hemingwrite is the brainchild of MIT graduate and mechanical engineer Adam Leeb and software developer Patrick Paul. The Hemingwrite is a distraction-free writing tool. It combines the simplicity of a typewriter with all of the modern conveniences of living in 2014: cloud documents, e-paper display, and full-size mechanical keyboard.

The way to think of the Hemingwrite is like a laptop, but with everything except the facility to write ripped out. You get a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches combined with a 300ppi 6-inch E Ink screen that displays what you type along with the day, date, time, battery level, and WiFi status. Rather than hours, battery life can understandably be counted in weeks (6+ weeks to be exact). The on-board memory will store over a million pages of text, and you can link it up to Google Docs or Evernote to sync your work and ensure you have a backup in case anything goes wrong. It also looks a lot like a typewriter, but is small and light enough thanks to an aluminum case to remain portable. Having the handle is a nice touch, too.

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