A New Typewriter?
Post-Script: What would a hypothetical Neo replacement device look like? I'd like for it to have an eInk-type of display, and the same high-quality tactile keyboard and rugged build quality (the Neo was engineered for classroom instruction). The operating system should be just as transparent, with no frivolous apps or distractions. Forget Internet connectivity or WiFi. But I would like for it to take a memory card or USB thumb drive, and for it to be "seen" as a memory device once plugged into a tablet or computer, not needing any specialist software for communication. Since memory is cheap these days, it should have enough room for several full-length books. And the battery life should be just as good.
Will we see such a device in the future? I hope so. I can imagine some handy tinkerer might be able to get a prototype designed and fabricated in China, then manufactured via a Kick Starter-like campaign. But I'm not holding my breath; I have this Neo (and more are still available online), along with a collection of manual typewriters. But it's fun to imagine.
Composed via AlphaSmart Neo, typecast via Smith-Corona Galaxy 12.