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Micro Journal

A series of writerdecks: Micro Journal for distraction-free writing – designed by Un Kyu Lee.
Published March 29, 2024
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Un Kyu Lee aka Background_Ad_1810 published his latest Micro Journal design, which is the third iteration on the original, and a semi-split one this time.

The Micro Journal V4 is a distraction-free writing device (remember the AlphaSmart?). Utilizing the ESP32 microcontroller, equipped with a screen and attached keyboard, it provides a simple yet effective tool for your writing endeavors, reminiscent of commercial alternatives.

Turn on and type immediately. Sync with Google Drive. Simple. Let your draft kept always recorded.

The author experimented with different layouts and components, starting with Raspberry Pi and a 30% mechanical keyboard, then an old phone:

Pic: Micro Journal Rev. 2

Micro Journal Rev. 2

The latest version comes closest to the author's ideal writing device. It powers on almost instantaneously (within 1 second) and prompts you to start writing immediately. Additionally, it offers Google Drive sync functionality, allowing seamless file synchronization with your cloud storage.

It's perfect for capturing sudden bursts of inspiration or quickly jotting down important tasks or ideas. It's a device that can be kept on your bedside table, ready to record your dreams at a moment's notice. All you need to do is find the power switch before immortalizing your weirdest dream ever in writing.


  • 30-key handwired keyboard
  • offset monoblock split, 3x5 per half
  • 2.8" ILI9341 240 * 320 TFT LCD
  • custom firmware with Google Drive sync


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Published on Fri 29th Mar 2024. Featured in KBD #160 (source).



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