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Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Do One Thing, Write, with Hemingwrite

We wonder if Moby Dick, The Great Gatsby and many other canonical books would have been written in today’s technological distraction-fest? Would Melville spent his days clicking on threads linking off the various Wikipedia whale entries? Would Fitzgerald have spent his days posting things on Zelda’s Facebook wall? Many of us long for the days of monotasking technology: of notepads for writing, landlines for calling and not-so-smart TVs for watching. Hemingwrite was born in this spirit of simpler technology. It’s a word processor with a 6″ LCD screen and mechanical-feeling keyboard. It has no web browser, camera or MP3 player. It’s for writing and that’s it.

Despite its old school functionality, it does have wifi, which enables you to back up your words to Google Docs and Evernote. Their website claims you can store up to one million pages on the device itself as well. The battery can last up to six weeks on one charge.

The Hemingwrite is still in prototype mode and the company hasn’t indicated when it will be available or how much it will cost when it is.

While having a tool with such limited capability might seem to contradict the LifeEdited mission of doing more with less, sometimes–actually oftentimes–it’s a good use of space and resources to get things that allow us to do one thing really well. Find out more about Hemingwrite on their website.

Via the Guardian

  • Chris

    To me, this really seems like a novelty. If you’re the type of person who’s easily distracted, as I am, you’ll find another way to be distracted.

    I recently got the Logitech keyboard for my iPad and it’s wonderful. I’m not sure if I even need a personal laptop anymore. If I don’t want to be distracted while on my iPad, I turn on Airplane mode. Then I only have what’s available on it.

  • bandmax

    Gee, I almost bought something that looked like this, albeit much more primitive, in… 1989.

  • Anna

    I’ve had an AlphaSmart Neo for years. Small, tough, affordable, runs forever on AA batteries. Cables in to word processor or printer. This Hemingwrite is still in development? Reinventing the wheel?

  • LauraAlice

    Jonathan Franzen writes on an off-line PC. He not only removed the computer’s wireless card but also permanently blocked its Ethernet port. He told Time, “What you have to do is you plug in an Ethernet cable with superglue, and then you saw off the little head of it.”