A general sentiment portrays generative artificial intelligence (AI) – and the advent of ChatGPT – as a competitor that will replace humans in various job roles. Arguably, for me, AI will make the workforce smarter and enhance the human ability to dream, innovate, and co-create.
Heralding us a step closer to the world of co-creating with AI, an engineer turned designer, Arvind Sanjeev has created a talk-back typewriter, he calls the Ghostwriter. The ghost within the typewriter is GPT-3 from OpenAI which allows the modified typewriter– with the right human input and direction – to auto-type impressive responses.
Built on a vintage Brother typewriter, this impressively transmuted Ghostwriter presents itself in a combo of cream, gray, and orange that reflects the intended warm, inviting, and playful aesthetics. It features an OLED screen to display status and two knobs to ensure you can control the AI output while it’s assisting you with a research paper or composing poetry on your behest.
The GPT3-powered Ghostwriter features and Arduino onboard that reads human prompts and shares them with Raspberry Pi at the helm that further queries the OpenAI’s GPT-3 API. On the way back, the Arduino receives text strings and auto-triggers key presses on the typewriter to type out the AI suggestions on paper.
By bringing down the co-creation model of human and AI interaction to a typewriter, Sanjeev has managed to minimize “digital distraction” and take us back on an “emotional journey” to the era of paper and ink. The Ghostwriter thus lets us understand the creative relation we are developing with machines: positive or negative, it’s a story for another day.
Meet Flowo, a typewriter designed for the 21st century. A purpose-built machine that’s designed just for writing and editing, Flowo comes with a qwerty keyboard and a cylindrical screen on the top that automatically scrolls as you type. To rewind, just rotate the knob (as you would on a regular typewriter) and the screen scrolls upwards or downwards. It’s a perfect example of using just the right amount of text to enrich a product experience, without turning it into something else entirely!
Designer: Jody Del Bianco
A portmanteau of the words Flow Word, Flowo is a typewriter that focuses just on the writing aspect rather than being an internet-connected device with an app store and a large 11-inch screen. It’s designed to do one thing, and one thing well – enable typing. Built on the template of a typewriter, Flowo ditches the analog typing system for something more contemporary, replacing the clackety-clack keys with an electronic backlit keyboard, and a paper tray with a scroll-shaped electronic ink display. Whatever you type appears on the display in real-time, with the option to transfer it to another device using Bluetooth or via a data cable. The left knob allows navigation on the device’s menu (create a new document, save a document, open a document, etc.), while the right one allows scrolling the document.
For writers who need to be in their ‘zone’ while crafting narratives and storylines, Flowo provides the best of all worlds. It’s better than a laptop or tablet, which costs more, has a lower battery life, and can distract with just how many features it houses. It’s also better than a typewriter, judging by how it’s much more compact and lightweight, and how documents can be edited and updated retroactively (unlike a typewriter which doesn’t let you ‘backspace’).
If you’re of the age that you were able to hold or use one, you probably have a love-hate relationship with the typewriter. If you only know of this through pictures, gather around the digital fire children, and let me tell you about why people are still nostalgic for this device even decades after it’s all but extinct and why we’re getting a concept device for a reinvented version of it.
I am of the generation (most likely the last generation) that learned to type their letters on a typewriter before a computer keyboard. I say that people may have a love-hate relationship with it since the keys are pretty hard to press (although the sound is pretty good) and every time you made a mistake, you had to use a new paper or later on, some sort of correction liquid. But it was a good tool for writing as there are no other distractions, unlike all the different screens that we’ve been using the past years now.
An Italian designer has come up with a concept design for a different kind of typewriter called Flowo, short for Flow Word. More than just a nostalgic device that hearkens back to the days when it was the only other way to write aside from actual writing, this is more a tool for those that don’t want to be distracted by other things you can do on a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The design itself looks more like a Bluetooth than an actual typewriter, but it’s the attached roller that makes it stand out.
Basically, it imitates the roller where you insert the paper if you’re using a typewriter but this time it’s an e-ink display on a curved display that can be rolled upwards or downwards as you type your document. It’s as wide as an A4 paper and is in the same position as the paper on the original device. The keyboard itself is backlit so it’s easier to type whatever lighting condition and the e-ink display is also easier for the eyes, not to mention the energy consumption.
There’s also a USB type C socket at the back for downloading and uploading documents as well as updating the firmware whenever applicable. For storage, there is a space for an SD card reader. This is also useful for when you want to read the document you’ve typed out on another screen since the roller itself is not really conducive to reading whole, longer documents. It seems to be designed just to review the lines you’ve written but rolling up and down to read long documents doesn’t seem to be that comfortable for a small, curved screen.
This is something that I would want to have not because I’m longing for the days when I would use a typewriter to write my essays, articles, or even a diary entry. As someone who’s easily distracted by notifications, social media, and other things popping up on my screen, this seems to be a way to discipline myself from writing. Well, aside from actually going offline or something.
If a vintage typewriter is gold, then a LEGO vintage typewriter has to be an even better proposition. The icing on the cake is when your LEGO typewriter actually types, it’s just like the real thing. Another successfully backed LEGO Ideas project, this idea instantly evokes a sense of nostalgia and urges to own one. Designed by LEGO fanatic Steve Guinness, the LEGO set is called 21327 Typewriter – styled to bring back the memories of 50s typewriters. It doesn’t surprise that the LEGO typewriter is actually inspired by the original typewriter used by LEGO Group founder Ole Kirk Kristiansen.
According to Federico Begher, VP of Global Marketing at LEGO Group, the vintage typewriter has an enchanting appeal and, “Steve’s incredible replica is a thoroughly worthy LEGO Ideas success story.” It’ll be something that mingles the two worlds seamlessly – a thing that LEGO fans will take pride in displaying in their living room.
Steve wanted to create something intricate and new for LEGO, so he bought a vintage typewriter. He then set out to figure out how he could arrange the bricks and replicate a typewriter’s complex mechanism to achieve the final design. In the end, he managed to create a LEGO set that doesn’t look like a LEGO creation when viewed from a distance. The typewriter is so well designed and engineered, it could very well function as a typewriter for your nostalgic adventures. Now, if only the small LEGO pieces are swapped with ink!
This LEGO set is made up of 2,079 pieces in a cool mint green color and mirrors the tactility of a classic typewriter since it has a center typebar that rises when a letter is pressed. This is linked to a carriage moving across as you type – pretty much like the actual typewriter. The paper can be fed into the platen roller, and each set will come with a letter signed by the LEGO Group chairman. LEGO Typewriter will be available via LEGO VIP early access for pristine members from June 16th, while others can get their hands on this thing come July 1st for a price tag of $199.99.
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Made to usher in a great writing experience in the digital age, the pomera is a pocket typewriter that combines the simplicity and ease-of-use of the past along with the wide-range functionality and portability of the future. The combination is a well-blended mix of nostalgia and modernity, making the pomera a great product for pretty much anyone.
Probably the first of its kind, the pomera is a digital typewriter rather than a computer. Focusing on two things, i.e., being small and being useful, the pomera lets you write/type anywhere with absolute ease, letting content writers, authors, poets, scriptwriters, technical writers, etc. set up shop anywhere and type with the effortlessness of having a keyboard right in front of you… however, the pomera is just about as small as your wallet.
The pomera is to writing what the Kindle is to reading. Designed to provide a focused, unparalleled experience, the pomera is compact yet opens up into a full-sized keyboard, complete with an e-ink screen. Made to do one job and do it spectacularly, the pomera comes with a keyboard that feels as complete as a laptop keyboard, and an e-ink screen that feels like the real deal, while lasting longer too. Built to run on two AA batteries, the pomera lets you write, edit, save, and even send bodies of text (and even spreadsheets) to other devices via an SD card, USB, or a QR code. When done, it folds back into its small avatar that slides easily into your pocket. Developed in Japan, the pomera comes in both Japanese and English formats. Designed to do one thing and do it with sheer expertise, the pomera is heaven-sent for people who spend hours drafting documents, allowing them to write comfortably, and without any distractions. Also, in the words of the great Ron Swanson, “They can’t hack into a typewriter.”
pomea is a mobile device dedicated to entering text. Its compact body houses a foldable keyboard, which is as large and convenient as that of a laptop. pomera starts immediately after being turned on and continues to run on batteries for many hours. It’s useful on the go, in a meeting and other settings.
pomera Enters the US Market
With the first model having been released in Japan in 2008, pomera will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2018. In 2008, people who were using laptops on the go or on business trips were unhappy about the heavy weight, large size, slow startup and short battery life. They would carry heavy laptops just to take notes. During meetings, they would surf websites, becoming distracted from work. They wanted an easy-to-use tool just for entering text, which led them to develop pomera. Now it is used taking notes as well as for writing, such as novels. They have launched pomera on Kickstarter, because they want this unique tool to be used by people in the U.S. and Japan.
This pomera version will have a US layout.
They have developed a new tri-fold keyboard for pomera. It features generously sized keys of with a horizontal pitch of 17 mm and a vertical pitch of 15.5 mm. The keyboard also contains key feet. These feet are linked to opening and closing movements of the keyboard and are automatically extended when it is opened. This means that the keyboard is stable and ready for use with minimum effort.
6″ Electronic Paper Display
The device works continuously for approx. 20 hours on two AA alkaline or eneloop batteries. The batteries can be replaced easily and immediately when they have run out, allowing worry-free operation.
A list of headings is displayed on the left side of the screen as you edit text on the right side. This allows you to make changes based on each heading or arrange the order, ensuring quick corrections and editing. This function is useful for text that is divided into chapters.
Line Number and Grid Display
Check the line number at a glance, which is convenient for long text. The device can also display a grid in the background.
microUSB & SD Card
Text created on pomera can be saved to its internal memory or an SD card. The saved data can be transferred to a computer via a microUSB cable or SD card.
Use of FlashAir, an SD card with wireless LAN function, enables the data stored on a card to be read via wireless LAN.
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If you write a lot on your computer or laptop, there may come a time when you feel nostalgic for the days of typewriters. The retro design, the satisfying clicks they make… Now, you can get a keyboard that has that typewriter look and feel, but with upgrades that make it perfectly modern. The Lofree Four Seasons Wireless Mechanical Keyboard blends retro style with modern tech.
While this keyboard may look like a typewriter, it actually has some ergonomic upgrades that make it easier to use. For example, the large keys and improved layout make for less forceful typing, which is easier on your joints.
Lofree’s keyboard offers a 79-key layout, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and is also crisply backlit, so you can use it in the dark without straining to see the keys. The keys are high-quality Gateron Blue switches, which offer satisfying tactile feedback, while requiring only light pressure to activate. It’s also available in four different color schemes, each reflecting one of the four seasons.
The Lofree Four Seasons Wireless Mechanical Keyboard was recently funded on Indiegogo, and has already gone into production, with the first models shipping late this May. You can pre-order yours now from the Technabob Shop for $99.99 – a $30 savings off the MSRP.
Basically they bang on the keys for sounds, whack carriage returns, and smack typewriter lids. I remember messing with the fancy IBM electric typewriters at my mom’s work as a kid – they do make some cool sounds.
These guys incorporate singing or at least spoken word into their music. The result is something very nerdy, but pretty darned cool as well. You can check out a couple of their performances below:
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