The Qwerkywriter is an old school typewriter for your iPad and iMac

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Are you the kind of nostalgic soul who looks back at the Underwood, Remington, and Smith-Corona typewriters of yesteryear and sigh plaintively? Yet are you simultaneously a modern tech nerd, who couldn’t go without the conveniences afforded by an iPad or iMac? Well, then, the Qwerkywriter — an 84-key keyboard that looks just like a vintage typewriter — might be just the thing for you.

The Qwerkywriter is an old school typewriter for your iPad and iMac

Now on Kickstarter, the Qwerkywriter is essentially a mechanical switch keyboard, like the Das Keyboard. This style of keyboard makes keys feel more tangible when pressed, and is notorious for withstanding all the abuse a writer can throw at it.

What makes the Qwerkywriter more than just a mechanical switch keyboard is that the key caps have been replaced with old typewriter keys, while the casing has been modeled to look just like an old analog typewriter, circa 1920.

This little design conceit also allows you to balance an iPad in what would otherwise be the Qwerkywriter’s paper feeder. And since the Qwerkywriter is Bluetooth enabled, it can work just as well as an iPad keyboard as it can a way of banging text into your iMac or MacBook.

A beautiful throwback design, the Qwerkywriter is now available for preorder. But there’s bad news: not only is the Qwerkywriter expensive at $289 each, but they won’t start shipping until August 2015.

  • AAPL_@_$101_Is_A_Done_Deal_:)

    They have got to be kidding. If they’d made the keyboard like an IBM Selectric I, I could see that because those things had butter smooth keyboards. I think this company has a unique idea but I just don’t see much in the way of sales for a throwback keyboard.

    • Greg_the_Rugger

      I agree. This one is flat like a laptop keyboard and I hate typing on those.

  • Badabing59

    Anyon know what the app is on the screen on the ipad?

    • Reivax_65

      The app is Emerald Observatory.

      • Badabing59

        Great, thanks

  • Scott Nejedlo

    Why?

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