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Update on the Optimus Keyboard

Hemos posted about 9 years ago | from the more-information dept.

Hardware 579

paulius_g writes "It seems that Art Lebedev has reposnded to the Slashdotting that occured to their page about the ' Optimus Keyboard'. They have included a FAQ at the middle-right of the page stating some of the questions that Slashdotters were wondering. A few interestign ones were ' It will be real', 'We hope it will be released in 2006', 'It will cost less than a good mobile phone', 'It will be OS-independent', and finally 'It will most likely use OLED technology (e-paper is sooo slow)'. They've also included some common answers abotu Russia and it seems that they are as well searching OEMs (From the FAQ: OEM will be possible (why not?), Contact us for hi-res images, or interview inquires). It will be very interesting to see how this technological marvel will be created. Sign me up! I'll be ordering one in 2006."

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579 comments

Prime post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094237)

The Transformers! More than meets the eye!

Define a good mobile phone (3, Insightful)

turtled (845180) | about 9 years ago | (#13094238)

'It will cost less than a good mobile phone'

I have gotten a good one, and it was free. Then there are the phones that cost upwards of $250~$300

This keyboard will be great for mapping keys for games =)

Re:Define a good mobile phone (1)

outZider (165286) | about 9 years ago | (#13094291)

No, it wasn't free, it came with a year or two of your life. ;) A 'good' mobile phone includes modern features and those cost before activation -- at the very least -- $200. I would imagine this keyboard is going to be between $200 and $300.

Re:Define a good mobile phone (5, Funny)

DrEldarion (114072) | about 9 years ago | (#13094292)

'It will cost less than a good mobile phone'

Free after rebate, but you have to pay $39.99 a month.

Re:Define a good mobile phone (0, Redundant)

frednofr (854428) | about 9 years ago | (#13094293)

'It will cost less than a good mobile phone' I have gotten a good one, and it was free. There ain't no such thing as a free lunch

Re:Define a good mobile phone (4, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | about 9 years ago | (#13094332)

Maybe they'll sell it on a similar plan to mobile phones. Free, but tied into a $60/month 12 month contract. You get 5,000 characters 'free', with additional characters available for $0.01 each thereafter.

Charactersets and "keyboard themes" will be sold by Jamba/Jamster for $6 a time.

Re:This keyboard will be great for mapping keys (1)

Xibby (232218) | about 9 years ago | (#13094379)

This keyboard will be great for mapping keys for games =)

Games? Forget games! It looks like it will be great for a KVM user. I switch between a Windows machine, a Linux machine, and a Mac machine. It would be great if the layout would change between computers. ;)

Re:Define a good mobile phone (1)

BioCS.Nerd (847372) | about 9 years ago | (#13094439)

Then there are the phones that cost upwards of $250~$300
Good question. Let's just hope it doesn't cost as much as a Motorola RAZR (~$500 CAD). I'd be willing to pay a maximum of $100. However, I may be willing to pay less once the "Oh, that's sexy," feeling I have wears off.

I'll wait until they ship the first update called (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094240)

Optimus Prime.

Wow that's great but... (2, Insightful)

HerculesMO (693085) | about 9 years ago | (#13094256)

Too bad it's not available in 'ergonomic' styles :\

I love my MS ergo keyboard.

Re:Wow that's great but... (4, Informative)

Mwongozi (176765) | about 9 years ago | (#13094287)

RTFA.

From TFA: "Some day it will be split ('ergonomic')"

Re:Wow that's great but... (2, Funny)

Saib0t (204692) | about 9 years ago | (#13094340)

lol! "RTFA". Haha, you must be new around here. ;-)

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

Jeff DeMaagd (2015) | about 9 years ago | (#13094460)

"Some day it will be split ('ergonomic')"

Which I will be interested in buying, although price might be a factor, the cost was vague. I think my good mobile phone cost me $80 before subscription rebates. $80 might not be a bad price for a nifty keyboard like that.

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

bonk (13623) | about 9 years ago | (#13094510)

No, a 'good phone' costs around $300-$500 USD. Most of the carriers offer signup deals, where if you buy a 1 or 2 year contract with them, they will subsidize the cost of the phone. Usually down to $0 - $40 USD for the low end phones. You can still expect to pay $80-$300 for the mid to high range phones even with a contract. And in return, they pocket $40 USD (or more) a month from you for two years.

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

Cecil (37810) | about 9 years ago | (#13094578)

I would buy it at $500. That's a sexy keyboard.

Re:Wow that's great but... (0)

RickPartin (892479) | about 9 years ago | (#13094328)

I can't live with normal keyboards anymore. They are obsolete as far as I'm concerned. Split all the way. I'm pretty happy with my Microsoft Natural Pro but the keys seem more stiff than they should be for an ergonomic. What does everyone recommend?

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

Takehiko (20798) | about 9 years ago | (#13094333)

From TFA:

Some day it will be split ('ergonomic')

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

willdenniss (707714) | about 9 years ago | (#13094375)

Well nothing at all is available right now, but, from TFA: Some day it will be split ('ergonomic').

Will.

Or a mini version (1)

DeadVulcan (182139) | about 9 years ago | (#13094387)

'Cuz I never use the numeric keypad. It's a giant waste of space for me, and I'm forced to put my mouse very far to the right because of it. I curse the numeric keypad. *shakes fist* Curse you, numeric keypad!

And if you could put a keypad right on the main keyboard and have it display the numbers right there, then there is even less reason to have it! Mini! Mini!

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

Zemplar (764598) | about 9 years ago | (#13094517)

Map it to Dvorak [wikipedia.org] for a start in the right direction.

Re:Wow that's great but... (1)

Guardian of Terra (753181) | about 9 years ago | (#13094582)

Mapping it to Dvorak is a piece of cake. Just drop in one file :)

The real question is.... (1, Funny)

teshuvah (831969) | about 9 years ago | (#13094259)

Will it keep the classic G1 flat-nose 18-wheeler look?

Before they get slashdotted...Again (5, Informative)

RamboIII (899894) | about 9 years ago | (#13094267)

The FAQ:

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

We want to thank everyone for the support. Stay tuned for our next projects

Re:Before they get slashdotted...Again (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094420)

My feeling is this product is vaporware. They say it is in early production but still are not sure if it will have OLED or e-paper technology. More like in early development. They probably mocked up the keyboard design and have an idea and now drum up interest to get funding to actually implement it. There is no way to make this keyboard cheaply at this time.

Re:Before they get slashdotted...Again (4, Interesting)

nkh (750837) | about 9 years ago | (#13094484)

It will be an open-source keyboard, SDK will be available
Keys will use animation when needed


SDK + animation = mini games on your keyboard! And with the layout for different languages, I really hope this thing doesn't get as vapotware as the Phantom gaming console.

Re:Before they get slashdotted...Again (1)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 9 years ago | (#13094515)

It will cost less than a good mobile phone

Ah, the magic of flawed logic...

The beauty of this phrase is that it means absolutely nothing. Just like the old sales pitch "it's cheaper than the best from and better than the cheapest from ": it doesn't mean it's either good or cheap.

So, my mobile phone cost me $100 and it's perfectly good for me: will the keyboard cost less than $100? like hell. And a "good mobile phone" may well be one of these $1000 things from Nokia in the eyes of Lebedev, so I'm not holding my breath...

Re:Before they get slashdotted...Again (2, Interesting)

pezpunk (205653) | about 9 years ago | (#13094555)

open source? "key saver" functionality? sweeeeet.

you know they could write some very simple games for this thing, that would be really neat ... imagine a whack-a-mole type game, where all your keys are blank, and one will light up with some mole image or whatever, and you have to hit that key before it changes. the possibilities are endless.

Very slick (1)

rvw (755107) | about 9 years ago | (#13094269)

It looks very slick, and would make a good match with the aluminium case of the Mac G5. Now only they should make a split version as well.

You can tell they're replying to Slashdot. (5, Funny)

nurhussein (864532) | about 9 years ago | (#13094273)

We have things like:

Moscow is the capital of Russia

There's no snow in Moscow during Summer

I'm afraid to find the comments that spawned those replies. But it does sound like /.

Re:You can tell they're replying to Slashdot. (1)

garcia (6573) | about 9 years ago | (#13094394)

This [artlebedev.com] picture of the keyboard shows a Firefox icon on the left side. Someone had complained the last time this was Slashvertised that they wouldn't use a keyboard that had an IE icon on it.

I guess they listened ;-)

Re:You can tell they're replying to Slashdot. (2, Funny)

GeckoX (259575) | about 9 years ago | (#13094521)

Yes, and that picture was already used to counter that statement at that time.

Nothing new to see, please move along.

Re:You can tell they're replying to Slashdot. (3, Funny)

youknowmewell (754551) | about 9 years ago | (#13094541)

No, probably not responding to Slashdot. Why, you ask?

Because in Soviet Russia, keyboards dynamically map YOU!

Hit the Daily Double.... (2, Insightful)

pegr (46683) | about 9 years ago | (#13094275)

Don't get me wrong, I like the looks of this keyboard as much as anyone else, but...

If there's one thing I hate worse than vaporware, it's hype. Show me, don't tell me.

Re:Hit the Daily Double.... (1)

Geoffreyerffoeg (729040) | about 9 years ago | (#13094465)

Then why don't you ignore the keyboard for 2 years and then come back?

It's not like they can release a keyboard design one day and have it in production the next....Their FAQ says they "hope it will be released in 2006". If there's still vaporware and hype in, oh, 2008 or so, then you have a valid point.

Question Missing from the FAQ (4, Funny)

Zane Hopkins (894230) | about 9 years ago | (#13094285)

One question they haven't answered ... Whats the point of a keyboard where every key is a screen ?

Are they trying to force touch typists to look at the keyboard like everyone else has to?

Duh (1)

dazedNconfuzed (154242) | about 9 years ago | (#13094417)

The use is plain: many applications make keys do something other than the immutable icons stamped onto normal keyboards. Instead of looking up key function mapping in a separate manual or help file, the function is just right there on the keys.

Heck, most of the time the "A" key doesn't produce "A", it produces "a" ... how much more so a zillion other applications which do things other than what's immutably marked on the keys.

Re:Question Missing from the FAQ (2, Funny)

JetTredmont (886910) | about 9 years ago | (#13094419)

Touch typists will still touch type. The keys won't be moving around in different positions or anything like that.

Although, that might be a neat trick. Make random keys exchange positions on the keyboard at random intervals ...

Re:Question Missing from the FAQ (1)

bdcrazy (817679) | about 9 years ago | (#13094520)

I did that back on my first computer. After every keypress i had it randomize the scancode table... It was hillarious... for about 2 seconds.

Re:Question Missing from the FAQ (1)

OG (15008) | about 9 years ago | (#13094437)

Off the top of my head:

-Keyboards hooked up to a KVM switch. Different computers with different OS or configurations would change the layout of the keyboard

-Custom applications. The custom keys that they showed for launching applications could also be context-sensitive within the current application

-Gaming, as others have said

There are tons of things a person with a little imagination could do with this. It looks like a great tool.

Wow (1)

Snatch422 (896695) | about 9 years ago | (#13094294)

That is one nice feature list and one nice looking keyboard. This could be seen everywhere one day as imagine every application you load programming the look of the keyboard to make that application extremely easy to use. Should be interesting to see what happens.

Oh come on people (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094295)

Yes, yes, I agree, it's very pretty, but how many times do you actually look at your keyboard? The whole point of keys is that they are under your fingers. This is a gimmic, with absolutely no use.

Re:Oh come on people (1)

rasty (212471) | about 9 years ago | (#13094518)

False. Please look at the pictures posted. It's a perfect way to have a direct reference of key mappings for each application/game you're using without going crazy or having to RTFM.

An icon on the pragrammable shortcut keys will also be very useful.

Plus as a nice extra they'll be able to make only one keyboard and ship it all over the world!

"interestign abotu Russia" (1, Troll)

saskboy (600063) | about 9 years ago | (#13094296)

I don't speak Sweedish Chef so I wasn't able to RTFA.

What exactly is this keyboard good for? Are they thinking of making a non-querty version?

Re:"interestign abotu Russia" (1)

StupidStan (773027) | about 9 years ago | (#13094349)

this is going to be useful to power-users for programs where keybaord shortcuts are not that useful as is. Using fireworks, or a video editing program could be streamlined using something like this. Probably not all that useful for anything that requires typing such as coding or document authoring. Also, this is going to be a huge hit with the most money-frivelous pc owners... gamers... they will buy these things up in the thousands so they can get a few more frags online.

Re:"interestign abotu Russia" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094402)

Think about a keyboard which has a screen on every key, and think about why that would make a "non-querty" layout unneccessary ;)

You are an idiot, hahahahahahahahahahahahaHA ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094554)

Just RTFA! There is no need for different layouts, because the keys are _screens_ .

Seems expensive (4, Insightful)

mfloy (899187) | about 9 years ago | (#13094300)

The idea that it costs as much as a good mobile phone is vague. Do they mean $300 models or $800 high tech top-of-the-line phones? A keyboard would have to be absolutely revolutionary, fantastic and wonderful for me to spend $300, let alone $800. Well, only time will tell.

Re:Does it matter? (1)

botzi (673768) | about 9 years ago | (#13094407)

300$? Get real. I can't imagine myself spending 3 figures on a keyboard, let alone 300 - 800. I'd expect a price in the 150-200 range and as far as casual user is concerned buying it will be throwing money away on another cool gadget. There certainly will be some benfits for professionals dealing with complex and/or new applications each month(although I still have my doubts...), but the benefit of this keyboard is well below the actual cost, IMO.

Re:Seems expensive (1)

roman_mir (125474) | about 9 years ago | (#13094440)

Let them make it, let them make their own mistakes too. IPods are also quite expensive and they sell. Maybe this will sell maybe not.

Not only that. (1)

AltGrendel (175092) | about 9 years ago | (#13094450)

I'd worry about dead pixles on the keys. And failure rates for keys, stuff like that.
Seriously, the more complex a system, the more likely a chance of failure. The 101 keyboard is just one switch under one key, fairly easy to deal with.

I like the idea though.

Re:Not only that. (1)

digidave (259925) | about 9 years ago | (#13094560)

It's clear that they're making it more complicated than necessary to achieve the same functional effect.

I wonder why they wouldn't start by using cheap LCDs like l those used on Tiger handheld games (and the ones that come in Happy Meals). They could do that with only a small cost increase over a regular keyboard. You wouldn't get color, but add a backlight source and they'd be viewable in the dark and work just as well as color keys.

Besides, failure rate on those simple LCDs is near zero. This is digital watch-level technology.

Re:Seems expensive (1)

cybersaga (451046) | about 9 years ago | (#13094482)

I'd like to know who is producing it.

Re:Seems expensive (5, Insightful)

Xzzy (111297) | about 9 years ago | (#13094529)

I've never understood why people are unwilling to shell out money for a good keyboard, but will cheerfully plop down money for the hottest CPU or latest video card. I'm not saying the OP in specific is this type of person, it's just something that gets said a lot, 'no way am I paying more than $20 for my keyboard'.

Granted, I ain't paying $300 for a keyboard either, but I did pay about $100 for my buckling spring keyboard.

The keyboard is still the primary input device for a majority of computing tasks, to me logic would suggest spending as much on it as you can afford. They don't become obsolete, either. Get a good keyboard and it might even outlast you. ;)

What would be really badass... (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094301)

I think it would be incredibly badass if, when you press down on the shift key, the lowercase letters change to capital letters, and the numbers change to special characters, etc.

Also, when you hold control, the word 'copy' appears on the C-key, 'paste' on the V-key, etc.

That would rock.

Re:What would be really badass... (2, Insightful)

rasty (212471) | about 9 years ago | (#13094566)

Ah yes!

And this keyboard will also allow people to try out some "smarter" layouts kile Dvorak allowing them to go back if they don't like it, or use it only for like one hour a day for practice, then revert to QWERTY or whatever you're using!

I really look forward to it.. or maybe a lower-cost version in 1 or 2 years anyway!

Re:What would be really badass... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094575)

No, a badass keyboard would be made from recycled battleship steel. And the keys would be unlabelled.

This calls for... (2, Interesting)

Alcoyotl (157542) | about 9 years ago | (#13094308)

Let's open an "Ask Slashdot" topic named : best programmable keyboard. Any ideas (ergodex, POS keyboards, XKeys...) ?

Re:This calls for... (1)

mario64 (573112) | about 9 years ago | (#13094434)

It may not be released yet, but my vote would have to go for the "Optimus Keyboard". After seeing the pictures last week, how could any other programmable keyboard be named the best... :)

Re:This calls for... (1)

Alcoyotl (157542) | about 9 years ago | (#13094502)

Yes, it looks like a real winner in its category. Of course, that apple-like clean design has nothing to do with it. No I'm lying, it's both aesthetically pleasing, technologically clever and pretty usefull too.

But I wonder how much time it will bet logitech and microsoft to come up with similar solutions. Come on, the keyboard hasn't evolved in the last 25 years. How many ppl still use the SCROLL LOCK key ? Umm ? And don't tell me slapping a bunch of "multi" - "media" keys on top is a revolution.

Maybe it's true then, patents do have killed inovation (but that's another topic), so it's refreshing to see some guys actually go out and do something.

Um WOW! (1)

LupidStupy (663804) | about 9 years ago | (#13094309)

I was thinking to myself "What could possibly be in a keyboard that would cost that much and why would Slashdotters care?" Then I rtfa and WOW! Can you imagine every possible idea you could do with this?

Re:Um WOW! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094357)

Can you imagine every possible idea you could do with this?

You must have read my thoughts, man: pr0n keys!

Wonder if they will notice the second slashdoting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094316)

They took notice on the first slashdoting, wonder if they will notice this one!

Great Keyboard! (1)

Shurikn (753204) | about 9 years ago | (#13094318)

I never liked any keyboard 'innovation'
i'm curently usin a microsoft wireless keyboard with all thos fancy and useless keys, and I hate it.

But that keyboard looks wonderfull. I cant wait to grab one!

Unanswered Questions (4, Informative)

TPIRman (142895) | about 9 years ago | (#13094322)

This keyboard looks like a great way to easily explore the capabilities of powerful apps especially for beginner users. But the 10-key area on the left for application, while it looks pretty sharp, worries me.

Would this keyboard require you to switch modes manually? Power users might jump between apps a lot when putting together, say, a music video in Final Cut or a pamphlet in InDesign. Am I going to have to hit the appropriate key every time I switch apps? This could get drudgerous pretty quickly.

Then again, someone who has their workflow down likely doesn't need OLEDs to remind them of keyboard shortcuts, so my complaint might be mootwrong target market. It still seems that the board would be more of a "killer app" type of thing if it were context-sensitive and didn't require prompting from the user.

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

Illserve (56215) | about 9 years ago | (#13094418)

It turns out some people use computers for other things than work. I know... crazy, but there it is. Some of these people are willing to spend big piles of dollars to enhance the value of this entertainment, and this goes double if the gizmo looks cool.

Now go play some of today's more complicated computer games like WWII Online and you'll stop wondering what the market of this thing is in a heartbeat.

Re:Unanswered Questions (2, Informative)

cybersaga (451046) | about 9 years ago | (#13094445)

Am I going to have to hit the appropriate key every time I switch apps?

You would use the appropriate key to switch apps.

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

bonk (13623) | about 9 years ago | (#13094458)

I'd imagine that if they couldn't get a driver that integrated smoothly into the operating system with a callback that set the keyboard's keys, the very minimum that they would have an app that would poll for the active window and install the appropriate keymaps for that application or the default keymapping.

What I would like to know is this; what is the tactile feeling on the surface of the keys? Is it smooth plastic? Textured plastic? Do the key images have the capability to change when you press capslock/shift or any of the other mod keys?

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

repvik (96666) | about 9 years ago | (#13094479)

Quote from TFA: "Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment."

I think that makes it perfectly possible to do context sensitive.
The keyboard driver could monitor which app is active at any moment and swap "keymaps" on the fly (Hey! Art? You reading this?! ;), while still having the possibility of switching between several modes *within* the program by using the keys on the left.

Re:Unanswered Questions (1)

Giggles Of Doom (267141) | about 9 years ago | (#13094558)

Well, with the open SDK, it would seem possible that you could have it react to your own events, such as a window gaining focus or an app starting. The app keys might both start the app and switch the keyboard layout.

It would also be cool to hack it to do nifty effects. How about changing the keys' background color to service as a UV meter thought a WinAmp plugin? Or have the num pad act as a little info center when not in use, with little graphs for cpu temp, usage, etc. Have the F key row flash when an email arrives, or have it switch Scroll Lock to "read new mail."

But it is true that once you work with an app long enough you learn the shortcuts without visual aids. But would make learning and adding new shortcuts or complex commands (entire scripts) pretty trivial.

Very interesting, and I am hearing quotes of $200-300 as the target price. Expensive, but might be worth it if you can make it do enough.

give me a break (-1, Troll)

SparafucileMan (544171) | about 9 years ago | (#13094324)

so... slashdot is posting an advertisement for something that isn't even remotely in existence yet?

that's rich. before long, they'll be posting ads about ads for things that don't exist. ah, leverage!

welcome to Slashdot, the Bank.

Re:give me a break (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094531)

Well, when it is put into production, you can then complain that submission is a repeat of this submission.:)

Re:give me a break (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094553)

Mod this guy +5 Troll, +3 Asshole

Re:give me a break (2, Interesting)

paulius_g (808556) | about 9 years ago | (#13094580)

It's not quite advertising. It's showing new technology.

If OLED keyboards would be available everywhere, it wouldn't be on Slashdot.

Power Consumption (3, Interesting)

d3m057h3n35 (695460) | about 9 years ago | (#13094334)

How much power would this thing draw (and can we even guess at that accurately)? Would it need to be plugged in to its own outlet, or would power over USB be enough?

Re:Power Consumption - grime (2, Interesting)

saskboy (600063) | about 9 years ago | (#13094452)

Not only power concerns, but the first thing I thought when I saw those keys is, "That's not going to clean up very well." And we thought grimy keys were noticible now, just wait until you actually have to see the lettering on them to be sure you're pressing the right thing...

Whoa Nellie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094358)

It will be very interesting to see how this technological marvel will be created. Sign me up! I'll be ordering one in 2006.

Put the credit card down and step back from the keyboard. Let's see if they actually produce one before you start planning your hardware purchasing for next year. Or are you the type that stands by the mailbox every day with a wistful look on your face while clutching your DNF pre-order receipt?

This isn't answered (1)

arose (644256) | about 9 years ago | (#13094366)

Why are the keys still arranged like on a typewriter and not in nice vertical columns?

Thoughts on the "Enter" key... (5, Insightful)

whyde (123448) | about 9 years ago | (#13094373)

They say: "Enter" key is big in size and nearly square in form.

I say: It had better be, since it is in a completely different zipcode from the home row keys. What's up with the extra 2 keys on the home row between JKL; and Enter? It's impossible to hit their Enter key without moving your right hand off the home row.

Industrial designers are like Architects: they design something idiotic, then let an Engineer figure out how to make it work in a useful way.

If all keys are visually remappable, then they really need fewer keys. I'm still disappointed at all the junk (arrow cluster, numeric pad) on the right side of the home row between me and my mouse.

If this came in a "Happy Hacker" footprint, then they may get my attention. Right now, it's too many colorful, expensive, redundant, unnecessary buttons.

What I've found pleasant in the meantime is a laptop-style keyboard with a marble-mouse beside it. From the mouse, I can reach the PgUp/PgDn keys on the small-footprint keyboard with my thumb, like getting two extra buttons for free.

Re:Thoughts on the "Enter" key... (1)

NenadM (666076) | about 9 years ago | (#13094508)

I am worried about "Enter" key, too. It's so much different on different keyboards, and on this - it's totally out of place.

On another issue, it's interesting to see how totally oposite things are praised as "cool". Few weeks ago there was a hype about geek keyboard without anything inprinted on keys, and now we have one with an OLED dispay on each one. :)

The only benefit of being a leftie... (1)

Rhys (96510) | about 9 years ago | (#13094512)

My mouse (trackball) sits nicely next to my keyboard on the left and "balances" the number pad on the right. It leaves everything sitting dead center on my monitor(s).

Of course, I have to find a mouse/trackball that isn't handed. And a joystick that isn't handed. (which I'll set in the same position if it's a flightstick) And I have to remap the keys on every game because they expect you to use the left half of the keyboard, and with an ergonomic and a right hand to key with, that's not so useful.

Re:Thoughts on the "Enter" key... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094557)

I don't know how they expect people to use most of the keys on this thing. Even the right control and shift are way too far over.

It will be real! (1)

Afecks (899057) | about 9 years ago | (#13094376)

Yes I can finally replace my ethereal keyboard.

If I spill my drink (4, Interesting)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | about 9 years ago | (#13094377)

Will they keyboard remain operational with the occasional spill? I can imgine these displays to be very sensitive to such a thing.

What about smoke, food, pubes, and other things that one might encounter in the average robust keyboard?

spelling / editors (1, Funny)

peculiarmethod (301094) | about 9 years ago | (#13094381)

Domuarigato, spelling abotu!

Re:spelling / editors (1)

paulius_g (808556) | about 9 years ago | (#13094457)

Well, they say that mistakes are human... And I'm a human.

I was pretty sure that I corrected all mistakes, but, oh well.

Excelletn! (-1, Redundant)

SpottedKuh (855161) | about 9 years ago | (#13094386)

Thta si realyl greta fo thme ot pots thta updaet!

Neat-o swell! (1)

Balthisar (649688) | about 9 years ago | (#13094397)

It's about time -- I've always wanted a keyboard like this. What I didn't expect, though, was color; that's a nifty little bonus. Additionally, the fact that I see Macintosh keys is fairly encouraging. Hopefully that means that there will be out of the box support for the Mac OS. Yeah, I know they said universal compatibility, but they also said "on a basic level."

e-paper slow? (4, Interesting)

TCM (130219) | about 9 years ago | (#13094405)

Just how slow is it? It's not like you'd be running animations on the keyboard, although that would increase the coolness factor.

Most of the time, though, you would have a single update in seconds instead of several updates per second.

That is one (1, Informative)

confused one (671304) | about 9 years ago | (#13094432)

totally awsome, cool, Excellent keyboard. Let us know as soon as it's available. I want one.

not quite the way I envisioned a similar concept once, but better, definitely better.

Link to initial (1)

Guardian of Terra (753181) | about 9 years ago | (#13094442)

Can anyone link to initial slashdot article about Optimus? Thx. P.S. I'm from Russia too.

FPS? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094446)

How long before we see posts bragging about the FPS of their enter keys.

Shame comes pre-installed... (1)

Deacon_Yermouf (900678) | about 9 years ago | (#13094448)

...because you think of all the awesome possibilities, then realize how excited you got over a keyboard...

They must be vi users... (4, Funny)

DeadVulcan (182139) | about 9 years ago | (#13094463)

Look at the size of the escape key! Yeah, baby.

Screen technology on an input device (4, Funny)

Albanach (527650) | about 9 years ago | (#13094546)

Now I'll be shouting at folk not to leave their greasy fingerprints on my keyboard too!

Somewhere... Some Day... (1)

Ryuu (742860) | about 9 years ago | (#13094552)

"Some day it will be split ('ergonomic')"
"Sign me up! I'll be ordering one in 2006."
Sign me up when it actually exists, they've migrated to ergonomic, and it costs less than $100. Until then, my $50 split keyboard will do just fine, and that was already more than I wanted to spend on a collection of buttons.

Comming soon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13094564)

The first visual keyboard virus. Imagine the keys changing around every couple of seconds. Or the keys all showing pr0n icons

Just wait (1)

AMD-lover (759977) | about 9 years ago | (#13094569)

It's just a matter of time before somebody writes an applet that lets you use the keyboard as an extra screen. Do I hear: DS ported to PC?

Having a Keyboard ScreenSaver... (1)

theehunto (817025) | about 9 years ago | (#13094579)

^^^ ...will be all too sweet.
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