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An 84 key, USB, Bluetooth Enabled Vintage-Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard.

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The Qwerkywriter is an 84 key, USB, Bluetooth enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that simulates a tactile clicky feel of a vintage typewriter. It features custom typewriter-inspired keycaps, an integrated tablet stand, and a detachable USB cable via mini-USB port.

[Quick Facts]

  • The Qwerkywriter you see in the video and picture below is an early hand built proof-of-concept prototype as is subject to change. The final shipping version will be CAD engineered, machine tooled, and factory built.  
  • The Qwerkywriter is a mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX Blue switches (a modern switch that emulates the typewriter clicky feel) and features beautiful chrome accented round keycaps with a vintage typewriter inspired frame. 
  • The Qwerkywriter tablet stand can accommodate a wide range of tablets (up to 5/8 inches thick).  
  • WIN US/ANSI is the default layout. MAC OS layout supported via alternate CMD keys.  International/ISO layout is also supported. 
  • The Qwerkywriter is Bluetooth enabled for wireless connectivity. 
  • Return bar functionality is currently under development.
  • Dimensions: 12.5" x 7.5" x 3.5" approx. Weight 3lb
Disclaimer Please Read:  This product will ship by August 2015.  Final specs may be subject to change.

 

The Qwerkywriter
The Qwerkywriter

 

Right Angle View
Right Angle View

 

Front View
Front View

 

Angled View
Angled View


Qwerkywriter /r/battlestations
Qwerkywriter /r/battlestations

 

Qwerkywriter via Wired USB to an iMAC
Qwerkywriter via Wired USB to an iMAC

 

Qwerkywriter with a Macbook via USB
Qwerkywriter with a Macbook via USB

 

Mac OS CMD Keycap
Mac OS CMD Keycap

 

Cherry MX mechanical switch with a tactile "clicky" feedback
Cherry MX mechanical switch with a tactile "clicky" feedback

 

Cherry MX Compatible Keycaps
Cherry MX Compatible Keycaps


Qwerkywriter in Portrait Mode
Qwerkywriter in Portrait Mode

 

Return bar functionality currently under development
Return bar functionality currently under development

 

Bluetooth Wireless Integration
Bluetooth Wireless Integration

 

Risks and challenges

Higher than average tooling cost - Initial engineering pass revealed that the unique nature of the Qwerkywriter, especially its typewriter keycap design, will be costly. We will have to strike the right balance of quality and compromises in order for Qwerkywriter to be successful.

Sourcing Components - As a niche Kickstarter project, it will be a challenge to source components at competitive prices. Managing supply chain is no small feat even for big established business. So I have given myself plenty of lead times for negotiating prices and finding the right vendors.

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FAQ

  • The current design proof of concept can hold any tablet less than 1/2 thick and anything under 10 inches. The only caveat is for our current WIRED model, depending on where your lightning or USB port is, it could limit landscape and/or portrait modes!

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  • Yes, it will be shipped separately as a decal so it is up to you if you want the logo on there.

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    Limited Edition Early Backer Unit - Receive One Signed and Numbered Wired Qwerkywriter, (US Layout), 84 key, USB, Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue) featuring Qwerkywriter Premium Keycaps and Chrome Return Bar with built in Tablet Stand. (US Domestic Shipping Included. Est. Retail $Priceless)

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    New International Edition - Receive One Wired Qwerkywriter, (ISO Layout), 85 key, USB, Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue) featuring Qwerkywriter Premium Keycaps and Chrome Return Bar with built in Tablet Stand.

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    Receive One Wired Qwerkywriter, (US Layout), 84 key, USB, WIRED Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue) featuring Qwerkywriter Premium Keycaps and Chrome Return Bar with built in Tablet Stand. (US Domestic Shipping Included. Est. Retail $429!)

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    Friends & Family Package! ($50 off) Receive 2 Signed and Numbered Qwerkywriters (US Layout), 84 key, USB, Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue) featuring Qwerkywriter Premium Keycaps and Chrome Return Bar with built in Tablet Stand. (US Domestic Shipping Included)

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    International Friends & Family Package! ($50 off) Receive 2 Signed and Numbered Qwerkywriters (US/ANSI or UK/ISO Layout), 84 key, USB, Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue) featuring Qwerkywriter Premium Keycaps and Chrome Return Bar with built in Tablet Stand. (US Domestic Shipping Included)

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    International Friends & Family 4 Pack (Free Shipping!) Receive 4 Signed and Numbered Qwerkywriter, 84 key, USB, Typewriter Inspired Mechanical Keyboard (Cherry MX Blue) featuring Qwerkywriter Premium Keycaps and Chrome Return Bar with built in Tablet Stand. Blank Keycaps upon request. Fonts are user replaceable.

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Funding period

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