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Astrohaus’ new distraction-free writing tool wants to fix your writer’s block

Cutting down the background noise lets you focus on what’s important – your writing.

Astrohaus traveler distraction free portable typewriter
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We all love our smartphones and laptops, right? They’re portable, multipurpose, and allow us to be connected in an ever-increasingly hectic world. Until we actually need to get some work done, in which case they become a tool for distraction. Social media, browsing the net, heck even watching adorable cat videos – they all drain our available focus. Astrohaus, who created the Freewrite four years ago to combat the noise, is back with its latest device, Traveler.

To date, over 45 million words have been written on Freewrite devices, so they know what they’re talking about here. While the Freewrite was closer to an electronic typewriter and had the bulk to match, Traveler is a pocket-sized, foldable screen that’s half the size of a normal laptop. It still has an e-ink screen, but this time it’s closer to paper.

There’s a full-size keyboard with scissor switches, a four-week battery life, and better yet – no distractions. No YouTube, no social media, just a pure blank slate to pour your creative juices onto. There’s not even a web browser or an email client.

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You won’t have to worry about losing your precious manuscripts, Traveler backs up to the onboard flash memory, and then as soon as it’s connected to a WiFi point it syncs automatically with your choice of online storage providers. It can store over a million pages in the internal memory before you have to back up, so it’s perfect for typing on a beach or up a mountaintop, or anywhere you find conducive to work.

It supports Markdown, so you can get fully-formatted Word documents synced to the cloud which will save you time later. You can also set writing goals that Traveler will track for you, whether it’s a time or a word count.

Interested? The Traveler is currently on Indiegogo

I love the idea of this device. Keyboards are kinda my thing, and I’ve got the attention span of a squirrel. Anything that helps me stay on task is a welcome addition to my workflow, and I can’t wait to try one out once they’re in production.

Astrohaus traveler distraction free portable typewriter

Image: Astrohaus

If you also like the idea, head on over to the Indiegogo campaign, where there’s still a few $319 Early Bird units available.

As always, remember that crowdfunding is a chance to help create the item – things might still go wrong between now and the delivery date. Astrohaus does have a successful track record, but as always – just know what you’re doing if you do decide to back.

What do you think of the Traveler from Astrohaus? Is this something you’d pick up? Let us know in the comments?

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