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Indulge your inner hipster with the Astrohaus Freewrite smart typewriter

By Salehuddin Bin Husin - on 24 Feb 2016, 10:32am

Indulge your inner hipster with the Astrohaus Freewrite smart typewriter

 It's a typewriter that saves to the cloud, without the use of paper.

If you've been wanting for that one gadget to make you stand out from the rest of the crowd, look no further than the Astrohaus Freewrite. While other people might be writing their reports on notebooks or tablets, you can bust out the Astrohaus and show off your old school style, doing your work on an actual typewriter.

Despite its moniker as the world's first smart typewriter, the Astrohaus Freewrite is pretty retro in looks and function, though it does make some modern compromises.

It doesn't require paper for instance, which might seem a little weird for a typewriter. It instead uses an E-ink screen to display what you've written. Of course, being digital means you can easily erase mistakes, something you can't do on paper. The E-ink screen is clear enough to use in direct sunlight, so you can use the Astrohaus Freewrite even if you're outdoors. There's also the built-in mechanical keyboard that replicates the traditional 'clickety clack' sounds you'd get from typing on a real typewriter.

So where does the smart part come in?

Anything you write is automatically uploaded to the cloud, saved on Evernote, Google Drive or Dropbox. Other than that function, the typewriter is bereft of anything one might find on other smart devices. There are no built-in apps, no way to check email or browse the internet; in short, no distractions. The Astrohaus Freewrite is meant for doing one thing only and that's to write.

If you're intrigued by the premise of the machine as you're constantly getting distracted while writing on a computer, the Astrohaus Typewriter is on sale right now for US$499 currently, though it'll go back to its original price of US$549 once the sale is over.

Source: Astrohaus Freewrite (via Tech Radar)

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