Imagine Shakespeare or Hemingway with a smart phone, tablet or laptop, asking the device “To be or not to be?” or “Is there a bullfight today?” We’re being silly, but it’s easy to forget that the world’s great literature was written with quill by candlelight, with paper and pencil, or later, via a mechanical typewriter.
The makers of the Qwerkywriter think that our modern workspace has become a bit dull and that we type away thoughtlessly. Cue their typewriter-inspired wireless mechanical keyboard. To us nostalgic types, the object is a thing of beauty. It was inspired by those old school manuals like the Remington Rand Portable and Smith-Corona Junior, and makes the long forgotten, clicky, tap, tap, tap sound of a vintage typewriter – but there’s nothing old-fashioned beyond its steampunk era looks. It connects to your desktop computer or iPhone (as well as iPad, iMac, MacPros, Macbooks, Android Tablets Devices, Windows Tablets) via USB. These sit on the in-built stand, basically where in the “olden days” the paper” would have been inserted.
The Qwerkywriter’s 84 keys feature vintage-y, chrome-rimmed key caps with a concave surface – just like a real retro typewriter. These also offer a nice tactile sensation thanks to industrial strength mechanical switches. The Qwerkywriter is available in a UK and US version. Now you just have to think of a topic for the next “Great American Novel.” Or stick with brief missives like omg and lol.