japanese company king jim has launched a kickstarter campaign in a bid to invade the US with their line of minimalist writing computers. dubbed pomera the somewhat vintage looking device has a full QWERTY-keyboard, a monochrome screen and impressive battery life, using a tri-fold design feature making them super-portable.

super-portable foldable japanese typewriter are headed for the US

all images courtesy of pomera via kickstarter



pomera has been available in japan with various models being released over the last decade, resolving the weight-issue of laptops on business trips or the distractions during meetings. with its sole purpose for entering text pomera positions itself as the writer’s perfect companion with a battery life of around 20 hours using two AA cells. the ‘pocket’ typewriter allows users to easily transfer text displayed on the device’s 6-inch E ink panel to their phone or computer via QR code or microSD card.

super-portable foldable japanese typewriter are headed for the US


pomera is set to shig by november this year with a retail price of ¥55,000 which is around $499, with early-bird pricing at ¥38,500 ($349) available now. however, this all depends on king jim’s goal of reaching 10 million yen ($90,000).

super-portable foldable japanese typewriter are headed for the US

super-portable foldable japanese typewriter are headed for the US

super-portable foldable japanese typewriter are headed for the US

  • Now this looks like a forward thinking, retrograde step in technology. Cannot understand why the price should be so high though.

    Johnb says:

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