Advice needed for complex project - "digital typewriter" Answered
I was browsing kickstarter recently and I noticed a really cool new toy, called the hemingwrite. It's described as a "distraction free digital typewriter". Basically, it looks like a keyboard hooked up to an e-ink screen which lets you write without distractions.
Sounds pretty cool, yeah? But for $400? C'mon...
It got me thinking; surely you could build that for way less. So why not have a go?
It seems to me that it would require just a few simple components:
- USB keyboard
- E-ink screen (from an old kindle perhaps)
- A controller to run the software
- Some form of rechargable battery
- A printed case from shapeways
- Wifi not really needed, but I do have a spare laptop wireless card sitting around
I've built a kit keyboard myself before (Ergodox), but I don't have enough experience to do something like this. Basically what I'm looking for is someone - or preferably, multiple people! - who can help me to work out how to do the things I've never done before.
I need to know which board to use, how to hook it up to the screen and how can I design some software (or even better, find something pre-rolled) to act as a very basic text editor which could save the files to a USB drive / CF card.
How difficult would this be? Is it even possible? I'm really keen to find out if it is. Any advice appreciated! :)