Okay, I did it. I took the risk and pre-ordered the Freewrite Traveler from Astrohaus. I paid the $275 dollars for a tech device that hasn’t even been built yet and not expected to ship until June 2019.
I hope I’m not the sucker here. People that know me know how I like gadgets and new/unique tech stuff. Over the years I have fallen for the Pocket PC, Palmtop PC, Google Nexus 7, iPad Air, iPad Mini and just about any techie device. I even had a digital Bible at some point in the past that I carried to church. (Not to mention the various keyboards and other accessories I have collected over the years.)
The Freewrite Traveler is a distraction-free e-ink word processor which is billed to be the ultimate writer’s tool. You can take the device anywhere and write when inspiration strikes and upload to the cloud. Traveler removes the ability to get distracted. There isn’t a web browser, email client, or even any notifications which means all that energy required to resist temptation is now freed for a more useful purpose, your writing.
The Traveler also has:
- 4-week battery life
- E ink screen
- Less than 2 lbs
- Full-size keyboard
- Folding design for maximum portability
- Syncs to Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive
For a writer like myself, this looks like a good investment. I just hope it lives up to the expectations. Although I can work on a laptop, ipad or other devices and ignore distractions I like the idea of having a device that is only dedicated to my writing. No apps and no other things cluttering up the device. Just a keyboard and screen.
I also like the idea of synching to a cloud drive. I want to be able to access my projects wherever I go and not have to keep them on a hard drive or flash drive device.
The folks at Astrohaus say that studies have shown it takes 25 minutes on average to refocus on the original task after a single interruption. I think anyone who writes or reads can identify with this. Getting in the “flow” is so important to a writer. You don’t want anything to stop you.
Right now the Traveler is in the crowdfunding stage and the last update stated that in less than a day, the Traveler has been 333% funded by 525 people. That should be a good sign that this product will actually become reality. That’s a good sign and, for me, that I won’t end up being a sucker for another tech gadget.
So now I wait until June. I’m not good at waiting.