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The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 14 2018 2:59 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 9, 2019

pomera : Pocket Typewriter with E Ink

A device dedicated to text creation

pomera : Pocket Typewriter with E Ink

A device dedicated to text creation

pledged of ¥10,000,000pledged of ¥10,000,000 goal
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, June 14 2018 2:59 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated January 9, 2019

What is a prototype?

A prototype is a preliminary model of something. Projects that offer physical products need to show backers documentation of a working prototype. This gallery features photos, videos, and other visual documentation that will give backers a sense of what’s been accomplished so far and what’s left to do. Though the development process can vary for each project, these are the stages we typically see:

Proof of Concept

Explorations that test ideas and functionality.

Functional Prototype

Demonstrates the functionality of the final product, but looks different.

Appearance Prototype

Looks like the final product, but is not functional.

Design Prototype

Appearance and function match the final product, but is made with different manufacturing methods.

Production Prototype

Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.

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Prototype Gallery

These photos and videos provide a detailed look at this project’s development.


Take notes with a keyboard—the new notepad.

This mobile device is called pomera, 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 is useful on the go, in a meeting and other settings.

  • Why we decided to offer pomera in the U.S.

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. We wanted an easy-to-use tool just for entering text, which led us to develop pomera. Now it is used taking notes as well as for writing, such as novels. We have launched pomera on Kickstarter, because we want this unique tool to be used by people in the U.S. and Japan.

  • U.S. model of pomera
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The device allows you to change the language setting to English. User instructions in English are included in the package. 

Simple function, calculated design


  • Tri-fold keyboard

We 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.

  • About the Key layout

We have received a lot of requests for key layout from everyone. Therefore we are considering changing the key assignment from Japanese layout to US layout. (Keyboard printing content and software change) We put the key layout image, if you have any options please let us know.

  • 6" electronic paper display
  • Many hours of operation on batteries

 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.


  • Outline function

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.

  • Monochrome inversion

You can also select "Invert Black & White" display.

  • 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.

  • Selectable font size

The device offers eight different font sizes. Choose the most comfortable one.

  • Line spacing

 The device offers five line spacing options. Choose wide line spacing for eye-friendly text and narrow spacing to view many lines at once.

  • Customize keyboard shortcuts

Change the keyboard shortcuts using the Fn key. Customize shortcuts (Fn, Ctrl+Fn, Alt+Fn and Shift+Fn) as needed. *Not applicable for all keys.

  • Take notes on the calendar

The date memo allows you to take notes on each date of the calendar. Use the calendar as a date book, write a daily to-do list, save reminders for anniversaries or write a diary. The calendar can be saved as a text file similar to many other files and can be edited on a computer. *The date memo allows input of up to 16,000 single-byte characters for each date.

  • Tabular input

The device allows you to create tables in .csv format, which has broadened the use of pomera. Write a report or create an address book. *Only characters can be input into the table; it does not have a spreadsheet function. *Up to 1,000 single-byte characters can be input in one cell.

Data transfer

  • 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.

  • QR code conversion

Text created on pomera can be converted into QR codes. Use the pomera app to scan the code, which transfers the text data to an iPhone. The app also makes it easy to use the data for e-mail and in the cloud. 

  • FlashAir

Use of FlashAir, an SD card with wireless LAN function, enables the data stored on a card to be read via wireless LAN.


  • Specification
  • Timeline

Our Team

KING JIM Co., Ltd. is a manufacturer of information organizational tools with a focus on files and electronic stationery goods. Under the management philosophy of "Developing original products and creating a new culture to contribute to society," we aggressively strive to develop products beyond the existing framework of stationery goods, focusing on creating new products with dreams.


Although pomera is a digital tool, it is beloved by users in Japan as an essential stationery item for creating text, which embodies our commitment. It has become a steady seller, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2018. We hope that pomera will be used by as many people in the U.S. as possible, allowing them feel the joy of creating text. We look forward to your support!

Risks and challenges

Before we launched this project at Kickstarter, we repeatedly created and evaluated prototypes with a reliable partner in our efforts to minimize risk.

We assemble this product by procuring parts from multiple external suppliers. Accordingly, the overall production schedule may be delayed if a problem occurs with the procurement of parts.

If a problem occurs and forces us to change the production schedule or shipment date, we will inform backers and strive to solve the problem.

This product will be sent from Japan. People living in the U.S. are requested to note that a tariff may be imposed according to the laws of the country. Backers are requested to pay any tariff and fees.

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