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enter the next step in keyboard evolution... [Jul. 17th, 2005|02:26 am]
Gadgets for Geeks to Drool Over


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first there was the keyboard, not much in the way of improvements have been made really if you think about it. I can only think of a handful suchas ergonomic keyboards and the occasional dvorak or maltron comes along...

then earlier this year ergodex finally released the DX1 which allows users to create their own keyboards to suit their hands and their needs, with a custom built macro button that allows you to record functions to keys on the fly via hardware. (very cool) but for as cool as the dx1 is there's one thing it's missing that our latest keyboard has...

tiny oled screens on the keys!

(english, russian, quake, photoshop setups shown above)
the optimus keyboard features a completely customizeable look and functionality that can even be changed depending on what program or language you happen to be using at the moment. AND incase you're too lazy to read the site
"Frequently Answered Answers about the Optimus keyboard
It's in initial stage of production
We hope it will be released in 2006
It will cost less than a good mobile phone
It will be real
It will be OS-independent (at least it can work in some default state with any OS)
It will support any language or layout
Moscow is the capital of Russia
Each key could be programmed to produce any sequence
It will be an open-source keyboard, SDK will be available
Some day it will be split ('ergonomic')
It will most likely use OLED technology (e-paper is sooo slow)
Our studio is located two blocks from the Kremlin
It will feature a key-saver
Keys will use animation when needed
It has numeric keypad because we love it
There's no snow in Moscow during Summer
It will be available worldwide (why not?)
OEM will be possible (why not?)
Contact us for hi-res images, or interview inquires"
now who amongst you is not drooling thinking of the possibilities?
x-posted to geeks and geekgadgets

[User Picture]From: twrex10
2005-07-17 09:43 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: pixel_schirm
2005-07-17 09:45 am (UTC)

Man, mental note... no posting till AFTER you wake up.

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[User Picture]From: xjimmywack7x
2005-07-17 09:45 am (UTC)
If it made those noises when switching, I would buy eight of them.
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[User Picture]From: twrex10
2005-07-17 09:50 am (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: xjimmywack7x
2005-07-17 10:48 am (UTC)
With the sound effects and the animations, I'd buy like, nine of 'em.
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