Cool as it is, I still love my Gateway 2000 branded MaxiSwitch 124-Key Programmable Keyboard w/4MB of memory onboard.
Back when this thing came out, 4MB of memory was plenty for a desktop system.
A shame they stopped making these and went out of business though.
If these guys can get the feel of a "mid-skool" keyboard(not the collectible 20lb clackity clack keyboards, but not the uber-quite "did I press anything" kayboards either) kayboard down, combined with the OLED keys, that might just kick enough ass to give up the same keyboard that I've been using for the last 13 years.
It's a design concept. There's no guarantee this thing will ever be a physical product.
i'd say chances are better than not given the resounding positive feedback that it's gotten that it WILL happen, maybe not by these fellas, but i'm sure somebody with some clout somewhere had to have noticed this.
I don't know about the practicality of such a thing, but the gadget fiend in me is wanting one of those like burning.
the practicality comes in two ways:
a) when you're first learning a program it makes learning keyboard shortcuts a breeze which would speed up productivity and lower the learning curve (the learning curve especially for people new to fps and rts games)
b) they're illuminated so you can still see what keys you're using in a dark room no matter how you may have it configured.
i'm sure there's more but at this point in time i can't seem to come up with any.
I guess we're just so used to memorizing all the keyboard shortcuts and whatnot for all these programs that something like this seems superfluous (although awesomely superfluous in the way that every geek gadget is). But you're right, I could see something like this being the start of a new wave of keyboards, taking the learning curve down a notch for all the people new to the field.
Also, adding to the awesomeness of this keyboard, it reminds me of the old Atari Jaguar controllers with the cards that slipped over the number buttons to tell you what they did for whatever game you were playing. I always loved those things.
did you actually own a jaguar?!?!!!
That I did! And it's currently sitting right next to me by the TV! Sans the controller cards, unfortunately.
Don't people who use photoshop already know the shortcut letters? (w for wand, etc...) It seems as if that will just make things harder when typing.
not everyone does, i for instance almost never use them. but i think you must have missed the part about it switching on the fly. so if you're using photoshop and decide "i need to notate something!" open up notepad, *blam! zot! kapow!* the keyboard looks like a standard keyboard again, then you're done and switch back to photoshop and bada-bing we're rollin with shortcut keys again.
Man, mental note... no posting till AFTER you wake up.
If it made those noises when switching, I would buy eight of them.
that's how i'll make my millions, i'll first take one of them and install a speaker in it, THEN i'll code it to make the trumpet blasts like on the old batman tv show, and simultaneously animate all the keys to work as a single screen showing an action word bubble saying such things as *biff!* and *zot!* it'll be huge!
With the sound effects and the animations, I'd buy like, nine of 'em.
You beat me to it, i was very close to posting this a couple days ago. It is pretty much the sweetest idea, ever.
yeah, just think of it this way, i saved you the trouble of typing all that out. ;)
I like the block of apps keys.
This is a REALLY nice peice of kit. the possibilities with this thing are amazing. aside from the fact that you could probably program it to use all te keys as one screen (giving you something ever so faintly resemlant to the DS??), this would be great for so many things, gaming, learning, EVERYTHING!
I want one right now.