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VJ
14th July 2005, 05:15
Now this looks cool: a keyboard that has full colour OLED displays on every key. Optimus made a prototype:
http://www.t3.co.uk/news/general/general/strutting_onto_the_keyboard_catwalk
http://www.t3.co.uk/__data/assets/image/161766/Optimus_250.jpg

Apparently, it has the ability to store a number of configurations and images... :cool:


Jörg

Kurt
14th July 2005, 05:26
I'll have one! :)

Chrono_Wanderer
14th July 2005, 05:44
Wow, that's amazing. And its gonna cost a leg and an arm. lol

Chris B
14th July 2005, 06:51
No doubt it's gonna cost a small fortune, but the concept is brilliant if it can be made durable that is. It's especially cool that you can change the keys according to which application you are running.

Kurt
14th July 2005, 07:12
no need for the cardboard add-ons anymore! :)

Jammrock
14th July 2005, 09:33
That is the coolest keyboard ever made :)

Claymonkey
14th July 2005, 12:12
*drool* Now I'd actually only want one if the keys are actually sturdy and last longer than a year.

Helevitia
14th July 2005, 12:25
damn, I want one.

bsdgeek
14th July 2005, 19:16
Yeah, well I painted my keyboard silver. Take that!

Elie
14th July 2005, 22:17
I want five!!! :)

Paddy
15th July 2005, 00:27
ability to change key layout with different applications would be fantasitc!

Technoid
15th July 2005, 12:23
I gotta have one of those :D

ZokesPro
15th July 2005, 12:35
Sweet, my friends would be slighty jealous, I want one too! :)

Tjalfe
15th July 2005, 12:47
very cool, I would defenitely want one :D
...but Imagine nasty spyware programs which will change the keys to some advertizing :rolleyes:

Technoid
15th July 2005, 13:24
very cool, I would defenitely want one :D
...but Imagine nasty spyware programs which will change the keys to some advertizing :rolleyes:

I can imagine the suport calls :

Customer: "My keyboard are showing me pron"
Tech: "Your kb is doing WHAT?!?"
C: "Yeah, my keyboard has a large ad for <insert random xxx site> splashed all over it"
T: "uhm, dont you mean that you got adds all over your monitor?"
C: "no! they are all over my kb and now they are blinking and flashing!"

At this point I'd would have wondered if he was:

A: had his computer parts names all confused :p
B: Hadnt taken his medication/ Taken to much ACID :rolleyes:
C: Just beeen released from psyko ward (yeah, ive encountered those) :eek:
D: Gotten his hands on one of those keyboards and was running XP, IE, and no firewall :alien:

Nowhere
15th July 2005, 13:31
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/07/14/1335215&tid=126&tid=159&tid=227

Could it be not even a prototype? (I've read just few comments on top, not enough interest to dug deeper :p )

Claymonkey
16th July 2005, 20:26
http://www.primotechnology.com/index.php?art=articles/0705/optimus/index.htm

Looks like the designers don't see it being any cheaper than $200-300. Still I wouldn't mind one IF it's sturdy and lasts awhile. From what this interview says... could be that it is

Nowhere
16th July 2005, 20:55
Perhaps some future spin-offs of the idea based on electronic paper would be cheaper (and also: they keys could be, uhmm...not flat)

Nowhere
18th July 2005, 13:42
http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/answers/

Not real yet.

mmp121
21st July 2005, 09:07
Possibly ready for production in '06 ?

http://www.tomshardware.com/hardnews/20050720_162232.html

Probably still speculative, but still its a great idea. I just wonder if the keys will be curved like normal keys are, or flat like it looks now. Its kinda hard to judge from the photos.

Tjalfe
21st July 2005, 09:31
with some luck, other manufactures will try this too, driving the price down :)

as for the keys being flat, well all they need to do is add a transparent "regular" key on top of the one they have to give the same feel as a regular keyboard

Wombat
21st July 2005, 11:50
with some luck, other manufactures will try this too, driving the price down :)

as for the keys being flat, well all they need to do is add a transparent "regular" key on top of the one they have to give the same feel as a regular keyboard Yes, but that will change the optics quite a bit. Humans generally don't like trying to read concave surfaces, especially from an angle.

Kooldino
21st July 2005, 13:51
I also don't like the Enter key. But it LOOKS very cool.

Nowhere
27th September 2005, 17:24
http://www.i4u.com/article4222.html
http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/keyboards/united-keys-205pro-lcd-display-keyboard-126392.php
http://www.nforcershq.com/article4058.html
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000073059478/
http://www.unitedkeys.com/tech/index.html

Jammrock
27th September 2005, 20:54
http://www.i4u.com/article4222.html
http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/keyboards/united-keys-205pro-lcd-display-keyboard-126392.php
http://www.nforcershq.com/article4058.html
http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000073059478/
http://www.unitedkeys.com/tech/index.html
The other one is way cooler :)

Helevitia
8th January 2006, 10:45
Looks like the keyboard may come out Feb. 1st

http://engadget.com/2006/01/08/optimus-keyboard-shipping-february-1st/

Paddy
8th January 2006, 10:47
cool!

schmosef
8th January 2006, 10:52
I'll wait for the split key version.

Paddy
8th January 2006, 10:53
i wonder what the price tag will be???

Jessterw
8th January 2006, 10:59
Pretty sure we could all pitch in and split the keys between us :p

If a full-size model ever sees the light of day, one of the key selling points for me would be if switching between layouts was quick and easy. Not so much for switching between languages or even for different applications, but rather when sharing it between a Mac and a Win/Nix PC.

I use a Japanese language keyboard on my iBook (yes it has English and Roman characters on it) and, using a software KVM, I share it with a PC that dual boots between English and Japanese versions of Windows as well as Linux. So a quick and easy toggle would be great if I wanted to maintain the same basic setup (in terms of the keyboard layouts) using something like the Optimus.

Paddy
8th January 2006, 11:06
Ohh!! can ihave the 'P' key for Paddy? ;)

Jessterw
8th January 2006, 11:16
Ohh!! can ihave the 'P' key for Paddy? ;)
If rumours of a $1k price tag are to be believed then sure, you can have it for just shy of $9/US (based on 113 keys, which may be +/- a few keys, just did a quick count).

Paddy
8th January 2006, 11:19
cool! I'll give you 10USD for a glowing 'P' key ;)