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More details (4, Insightful)

Southpaw018 (793465) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194433)

I'm less interested in the pre orders and more interested in the "description and detailed specifications," to be released at the same time.

This thing has sounded, looked, and felt like another Phantom since the start...

Re:More details (5, Interesting)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194649)

The phantom was just another games console.
People actually want to do this, but the only thing stopping them is technology.

I guess at some point or other we have cursed keyboards for having fixed symbols and wished for something better, I remember the cards you used to place above your Fn keys for word processing and graphics programs, we all get freaked out remembering the keys to games and I would love to see my keys change fonts to match what I am typing.

This keyboard will give you all that, its not just another console - its new.

Having said all that, you can probably currently just keep a few customised boards [fentek-ind.com] and switch as needed for less than the current expected price.

Re:More details (4, Informative)

khephera (1009359) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194675)

$1500?? I think I'll stick with my blue-led-backlit Deck (http://www.deckkeyboards.com), thankyewverymuch.

nice for use in voting machines (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194875)

they also have another nice project in the works... the Optimus Upravlator

they should think to introduce the Optimus Upravlator to Diebold, ES&S, Sequioa and the other voting machine manufacturers

The Optimus Upravlator seems to have ample space on each key to display a candidate's name directly on each button ( and left-right scroll arrows maybe on the bottom left and bottom right keys, if the list is longer than the available keys can display ).

Moreover, for voting machines you don't need all the electronics for five functions on a single button, one electrical contact per button might be enough, or keep all the electromechanical contacts on a button, for redundancy and button balancing, but wire them together.

This would solve the problems they have with touch screen voting machines that constantly need re-aligning the touchscreen with the display contents. Columbia alum Jack Shephard tries to call Kate in flash-forwards off the island.

You would not end up with the machine selecting the wrong candidate, a different one than the one you tried to highlight on the screen.

Re:More details (5, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194921)

This thing has sounded, looked, and felt like another Phantom since the start...

I don't think that's really fair. The Phantom was constantly promoted as "coming soon!" The Optimus OTOH, started life as a conceptual design. Optimus never promised a product from the design, and in fact stated that it would be too expensive with current OLED prices.

The only reason why they're making this keyboard is because there has been unprecidented demand for it.

*Yawn* (5, Insightful)

Giolon (1006069) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194439)

I was really excited about this keyboard back when they first announced it and they posited that it would cost approxmiately $100. Now that it's finally becoming a reality several years behind schedule, and is going to cost approximately $1500, I don't know how anybody can really still be looking foward to it.

Re:*Yawn* (4, Funny)

networkBoy (774728) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194451)

Oh, I'm looking forward to it. I'm not too sure I'll ever own one at $1500, but if they pave the way then knockoffs should be available within another decade.
-nB

Re:*Yawn* (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194691)

Complicated story. $1500 keyboard. Are they late with the delivery or late for April Fools Day?

Re:*Yawn* (1)

master811 (874700) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194753)

I don't remember them ever saying it would cost $100, I knew it was going to be cheap, and was sure they mentioned the price would be around $200-$300, which I admit is is still not cheap, but no where near the extortionate price they are charging for it.

Better Come With a Happy Ending (3, Funny)

jestill (656510) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194787)

I agree. At $100 I really wanted one, but at $1500 it is going to have to come with a happy ending for me to get one.

Re:Better Come With a Happy Ending (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19195087)

do you often pay $1400 for a handjob?

Re:*Yawn* (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194879)

I was really excited about this keyboard back when they first announced it and they posited that it would cost approxmiately $100. Now that it's finally becoming a reality several years behind schedule, and is going to cost approximately $1500, I don't know how anybody can really still be looking foward to it.

You must be dreaming, they claimed since the very beginning that it'll cost around the price of a high-end cellphone.

Re:*Yawn* (1)

rhyder128k (1051042) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194885)

That's not that steep. Depends what the specs of the free complete system that they are going to throw in with it .

Wow... that's cool (4, Interesting)

LBArrettAnderson (655246) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194443)

When I first saw the picture of it, I thought that all of the buttons had the icons/letters painted on... and I thought to myself dang... you know what would be cool? If each key had its own display...

Then I kept reading. I will definitely be getting myself one of these!

Re:Wow... that's cool (5, Funny)

LBArrettAnderson (655246) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194459)

oops... I take that back... sorry... didn't see the price tag... maybe later.

Re:Wow... that's cool (1)

Nullav (1053766) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194779)

You got that far? I stopped wanting it just after I flipped my keyboard upside down to see what came out.

Re:Wow... that's cool (3, Informative)

smbarbour (893880) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194475)

You know what else would be really cool? A "Rolling Stones" button! (3rd key down, 2nd column of icon keys, right below Firefox)

Re:Wow... that's cool (1)

aflat362 (601039) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194983)

Oh yeah - Rolling Stones - Street Fighting man . . . GEEE SEVEENNNN! . . . ."Dude, you just hit G8"

"if you like pina colladas"

//sorry, obscure

Re:Wow... that's cool (2, Insightful)

BrokenHalo (565198) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194553)

Then I kept reading. I will definitely be getting myself one of these!

I won't. I fail to understand the attraction of these dubious bells and whistles when the whole idea is that we shouldn't need to look at the keyboard when we use it...

Re:Wow... that's cool (2, Interesting)

AchiIIe (974900) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194755)

Don't be so excited. How often do you look at the keyboard ?
Each and every time you take your gaze off the monitor, off the code, your brain has to look at the keyboard. This is a little bit like saving a register on the stack doing an unrelated task and then loading the register back up again.

In short, spillage will slow you down a bit, the best way to become more productive is to memorise the shortcuts and not have to look at the keyboard.

I personally have and use the das keyboard [daskeyboard.com] . It's completely blank and the feel on the keys is amazing. I'm a proud owner of an IBM Model M13. I happily bang away on it at work, but the keys are a bit heavy. Compared to my m13, macbook pro keyboard, and Das keyboard I have tested myself faster on the Das.

On top of that I would like to add reviews of the optimus mini 3, they were 'sticky' and did not have a confortable click to them.

A bit pricey (4, Insightful)

bubbl07 (777082) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194447)

At $1564 USD [theinquirer.net] , the price is a bit steep for most of us, but I'm sure it'll find its niche.

Re:A bit pricey (1)

eclectro (227083) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194467)

At $1564 USD, the price is a bit steep for most of us

I'm in, as long as it comes with a free copy of Duke Nukem Forever.

Re:A bit pricey (5, Funny)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194483)

At $1564 USD, the price is a bit steep for most of us, but I'm sure it'll find its niche.


At that price, I'd expect to get the Optimus *Prime* keyboard, and it better transform into the leader of the Autobots, too!

Chris Mattern

Re:A bit pricey (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194549)

At that price, I'd expect to get the Optimus *Prime* keyboard, and it better transform into the leader of the Autobots, too!

Sorry, but the autobots are at least an order of magnitude more expensive. For $1500 you can get the GoBots though.

Re:A bit pricey (4, Interesting)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194923)

At that price, I'd expect to get the Optimus *Prime* keyboard, and it better transform into the leader of the Autobots, too!

You have it. All Optimus models so far are like this: Optimus 101, Optimus 103, Optimus 113.

All of those are prime numbers, and I doubt it's coincidental.

Re:A bit pricey (2, Insightful)

John3 (85454) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194697)

It will likely become a cool device for geeks to show their grandkids ten or twenty years from now. I predict the initial production run will be the only production run.

Unless.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194481)

Can anyone justify $1500 with a reason other than:

1. Impress your friends.
2. It just looks cool..

Inquiring minds want to know.

Re:Unless.. (2, Interesting)

elysiuan (762931) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194511)

As the car industry has known for years those are both very valid reasons!

Look at the import tuner market... non-functional body kits, huge spoilers on front wheel drive cars, 'carbon fibre' overlays for regular steel hoods, etc etc etc.

Supplying expensive equipment for the gullible is a very profitable business! Just ask the audiophiles! ;) *ducks*

Re:Unless.. (3, Funny)

binaryspiral (784263) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194579)

Too right, audiophiles and tuners... a market of suckers.

Oh, and I just bought my oxygen free gold dipped hand braided carbon fiber triple analog 186.2 bit digital monster extreme seat covers with pleather inlay...

they added 50hp and 20dB to my civic.

Wings on FWD cars (2, Interesting)

Osty (16825) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194729)

Look at the import tuner market... non-functional body kits, huge spoilers on front wheel drive cars, 'carbon fibre' overlays for regular steel hoods, etc etc etc.

I assume you meant "wings" when you wrote "spoilers"*. Anyway, a wing or spoiler on a front wheel drive car is not counter-intuitive. Many racing series use wings on front wheel drive cars (for example, see SCCA's Speed World Challenge [world-challenge.com] touring series, where a number of FWD cars from makes such as Acura and Mazda implement wings). Your assumption is that the wing is there to provide traction via downforce, which is definitely the case, but a wing/spoiler (especially a spoiler) also counteracts lift. The fact that the force is being applied to the rear of the car doesn't neccessarily mean the benefit is only seen by the rear wheels. The front wheels benefit as well, making it a useful addition in a high-speed racing scenario (as opposed to a low-speed racing scenario like autocross). A front splitter/spoiler is usually used in conjunction with the rear wing to help apply force to the front of the car as well as the rear.

That said, the park benches sold as wings to import tuners really are stupid, which was your original point. However "tunerz" wouldn't be buying non-functional cosmetic bits if there weren't functional reasons for the initial look. Tunerz buy aerokits and wings because race cars legitimately use aerokits and wings. The difference is that tunerz will never drive fast enough to see the benefit, and the kits they buy are intentionally exaggerated to emphasize form over function.

* A wing's core function is to generate downforce via negative lift -- it's an upside aerofoil; a spoiler's core function is to reduce upward lift by spoiling the airflow over the car's inefficent aerofoil shape that would otherwise lead to lift via Bernoulli's principle. While a wing may have a spoiling component, and a spoiler may also have a downforce component, the different designs maximize different effects.

Re:Unless.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194517)

If anything, Apple has shown that the poseur market is one where you can make some money.

Re:Unless.. (1)

Ino (68074) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194557)

(Syndrome)But it's cool! eh? eh?! .... aw, come! on! (/Syndrome)

You can change the keyboard mapping on the fly. Have your bengali friend type something without him needing to bring their keyboard from home! and then, your japanese friend can do the same... and then your ukrainian mail order br!@#$!@$%NO CARRIER..

Re:Unless.. (1)

GrievousMistake (880829) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194839)

Maybe
1. Impress your investors.
2. It looks cutting edge and professional.
would make for a better market at the current price, though I'm sure some high-paid techies will find your posted reasons sufficient.

If I wanted the kind of dynamic graphical shortcuts that this keyboard offer, I'd just as soon keep it separate from text entry, and mount a small touch screen beside the keyboard.

Actually, it kind of comments on the inefficiency of the mouse as an input device that it is so much faster to use a physical button compared to an onscreen one. The mouse is mainly useful as a FPS game controller, and needs to step down from the UI throne. I'm looking forward to when this [youtube.com] hits mainstream, though I won't hold my breath. I saw a pretty impressive demonstration of a interactive whiteboard a while ago, though I know it's old news to people that are keeping up with this thing. Isn't touch technology getting cheap enough to reach the main desktop market soon?

Could run some applicationson the keyboard itself. (1)

SlashdotTroll (581611) | more than 6 years ago | (#19195101)

The organic LED's are capable of animation. If anything, they are a capable drawing surface that could be mapped each to an X server itself

Can you imagine:

Multiple-choice selections for a Quiz
Wack'a'mole
Memory
Wheel of Fortune
Fish Screensaver

All the things a Unix operating system would adapt onto, because you can!
Buy today! /slashvertisement

lol (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194503)

wow a 1500$ keyboard...you have to be a fucking moron to waste that much money for a keyboard that can be bought at 5$
oooh it can have quake buttons! lol fucking noob can't memorise the keys you configure yourself in the game
oooh it can have russian language instead of english! well damn, if you life in russia probably you can find keyboards like that at 5$ or just use a normal keyboard, same for chinese wapanese etc...
firefox buttons and other crap? yea that's reall usefull, even normal keyboards have that shit and no one ever uses them.

Russian? No thanks (-1, Flamebait)

DogDude (805747) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194513)

Call me whatever you'd like, but as much as I would theoretically like this vaporware keyboard, there's no WAY I'm giving money to a group of Russians on the Net for a yet-to-be-made product with no details. For all of the people who actually "pre-order" one of these things, I have a great web site for you where you can "validate" all of your banking information.

Advertising (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194525)

This isn't a story. This is an ad.

If it's a real, successful product, it will be available tomorrow, the next day, probably next week, and at a lower price in a few months. If not, well...

I'm in. (2, Funny)

hejog (816106) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194561)

I think i'll preorder one -- I spent tons of time in photoshop / FCP / games / etc and having one keyboard rather than *looks* four dangling off my wall will be a life saver.

and I'm sure chicks will dig it!

Re:I'm in. (1)

jmashaw (1099959) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194617)

I definitely agree with this assessment.

It will probably not be too useful for regular use, but for video production and all, it will be a lifesaver. I have one of those final cut pro kb's at work and it is a pain to try and read all the little color-coded icons, and all the letter, but having the ability to switch back and forth would be really cool. Plus I could customize my hotkeys and the icons would automatically change.

I would definitely snag one,

But will it run Linux?

Re:I'm in. (1)

hejog (816106) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194633)

I expect it'll run /on/ Linux...

I'll be impressed if many Linux Hackers are willing to break a $1500 keyboard to try and install Linux, there is dedication!

Re:I'm in. (1)

gerrysteele (927030) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194761)

Well they did say they would support linux at some point.

But then again this was back in the days before they even thought about doing a feasibility study on the proposed product. And when it would be about 200 squid.

Staggered keys are so 1800's (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194575)

Typematrix, kinesis and maltron have figured it out, how did these guys miss it?

Besides, this has been vaporware for so long I reckon anyone who parts with their cash has more money than brains.

Saitek FTW (-1, Offtopic)

Gunslinger47 (654093) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194577)

Saitek FTW. [saitekusa.com]

Re:Saitek FTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19195015)

'SUP SAITEK CORP. ASTROTURFER

Any true nerd should have a display so huge that even the dull glow of a terminal late at night is enough to illuminate the keyboard. And they should be competent enough at typing to not really need the light anyway. Still, the blue one does looks somewhat cool ... the number one criterion is how nice it is to type on, though.

What would be more practical... (5, Insightful)

commlinx (1068272) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194603)

Rather than having every key with an in-built display what would be more practical is leaving the alphanumeric keys as standard and just having the displays on the left block of special function keys and F1-F15. Short of multiple users who want to swap between QWERTY, Dvorak and other languages I can't think of any reason re-programming the standard keys is useful and it must add stacks to the cost. I'd go for one at $200 odd if when I switched applications I could replace the function keys with alternative icons and alternative keystroke codes. No wonder the unit cost is so high though - they don't seem to be planning to manufacture many units so it seems to be aimed at people with a surplus of cash.

Re:What would be more practical... (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194669)

Short of multiple users who want to swap between QWERTY, Dvorak and other languages I can't think of any reason re-programming the standard keys is useful and it must add stacks to the cost.
Except "multiple users who want to swap between QWERTY, Dvorak and other languages" is exactly the application around which this product is designed. Look around the photos on the page to see Cyrillic and the like.

Re:What would be more practical... (1)

shird (566377) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194751)

Well I suspect it will be programmable. Imagine when holding ctrl and seeing the 'S' become 'Save', the 'V' become 'Paste' etc.

Also, within vi/vim, depending on whether you are in command or input mode, the 'hjkl' keys could be arrow keys (as well as appropriate symbols etc for the other keys).

Of course.. all this assumes you actually look at your keyboard while using it. Strange that the das keyboard [daskeyboard.com] has not markings on its keys at all, and is proud of it. There is some logic to it.. I suspect having displays on your keys will actually slow you down quite a bit.

Re:What would be more practical... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194987)

It's called the Command key, you tool. U+2318 in Unicode. Not the Apple key, not the Option key, not even the Control key. Command.

Re:What would be more practical... (1)

nbert (785663) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194843)

if it would cost just a 100th it would be really cool for people with non qwerty layouts, because it actually happens quite often that one has to type qwerty on a keyboard with different labels.

For me it's usually not so bad, because I touch type and my layout is qwertz, which isn't that different (I actually prefer qwerty, but I need 4 letters which don't exist on qwerty). If I install an OS which I haven't localized yet it gets quite annoying finding special keys, which are not that common (e.g. []|{}).
 
  Since the optimus costs way too much I should stop complaining and get a printed version of the qwerty layout I guess...
 
Another idea: Why think of this keyboard as a device for people using multiple layouts? Might just as well be very useful for internet cafes with customers from all over the world - in this case the price tag might even be right...

Re:What would be more practical... (4, Insightful)

Bogtha (906264) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194913)

Short of multiple users who want to swap between QWERTY, Dvorak and other languages I can't think of any reason re-programming the standard keys is useful and it must add stacks to the cost.

Different keyboard modes have a much wider scope than layouts and languages. It's for displaying the right icons for when you are playing Quake, for displaying the effects of shortcuts when you are in Photoshop, for displaying the right functions when you switch modes in vi, for showing the right characters when you hold down Alt Gr when you want curly quotes, em dashes, etc.

I think a keyboard like this could be very useful even to computer novices — perhaps especially to computer novices. I've been using computers for decades, and I haven't memorised a fraction of the keyboard shortcuts I could find useful. It would be a lot easier for me if I could hold down Ctrl and look at my keyboard to see the right key to press. If a power user like me can't learn all the shortcuts, how could a newbie?

The real problem is that they went all out for the full-colour display, the animation, the integrated USB mass storage, etc, when you can get 99% of the value of this thing with a monochrome, high-latency, no-hard-drive version for a fraction of the cost. There's no way I'd pay this much for a keyboard, but I'd certainly jump at the chance if somebody were offering the cheaper version I describe. I've heard of various proof-of-concepts, but nothing for sale to end-users outside of the USA.

Re:What would be more practical... (1)

value_added (719364) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194915)

Short of multiple users who want to swap between QWERTY, Dvorak and other languages I can't think of any reason re-programming the standard keys is useful and it must add stacks to the cost.

Might work for you, but I don't think I'm alone in making keyboard purchases based on the placement of those keys you're referring to as standard. It's been too many years to bother counting when some semblance of standard was replaced by design considerations which, in turn were based mostly on aesthetic considerations.

Specifically, the placement, shape and size of the Control, Caps Lock, Escape, Enter, Bracket and Pipe/Backslash keys are the most problematic, and are keys I use more frequently than most others. Then, there's absence or inclusion of one or more "Windows" keys and the Menu key, all of which vary from model to model. As those keys get resized or shifted around the placement of surrounding keys gets changed in subtle but possibly significant ways. Punctuation keys aren't just for punctuating sentences. Then there's the top row Function keys. I've not made much use of the them since using Wordperfect in the DOS days, but for any user who considers them important, this particular keyboard's design choices (again, mostly aesthetic) would be a no-starter.

No big deal? For many perhaps. And even easier to dismiss the entire argument as insignificant when you consider that most people rely on a mouse.

I'd be the first in line to buy a well engineered keyboard with new features that I can make use of, and but this one doesn't isn't. That said, it does appear that a lot of thought has been put into it, and it does look a lot better than the crappy keyboards most of are accustomed to using.

Re:What would be more practical... (1)

suv4x4 (956391) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194957)

Rather than having every key with an in-built display what would be more practical is leaving the alphanumeric keys as standard and just having the displays on the left block of special function keys and F1-F15. Short of multiple users who want to swap between QWERTY, Dvorak and other languages I can't think of any reason re-programming the standard keys is useful and it must add stacks to the cost. I'd go for one at $200 odd if when I switched applications I could replace the function keys with alternative icons and alternative keystroke codes. No wonder the unit cost is so high though - they don't seem to be planning to manufacture many units so it seems to be aimed at people with a surplus of cash.

Many apps have too many shortcuts and people are too accustomed to their usual locations, but could benefit from the extra visual feedback (even if just to show their kb to their buddies).

There are A4 tablets out there for $100. Then why the hell is everybody spending $1000 on a Wacom? Me including? I'm not even rich, and I don't have $1000 I won't look back on.

Keyboards and pointing devices, next to monitors basically are our hands and eyes on the computer. You'd give anything for better hands and eyes, since it helps you so much.

The problem I see here with Optimus are two: first, nice, very visual and so on, but definitely not ergonomic. The ergonomics of this keyboard are the worse I've seen in a keyboard for the last 20 years.

And second, durability. I know that if I hammer my TFT, pixels ill start dieing soon and it worse things may happen. It'll be interesting to see how long the keys of Optimus last under normal daily usage pattern.

Wide keycaps (1)

Wookie Monster (605020) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194611)

Ever used an Atari ST keyboard? The keycaps were too wide on top. Although it sounds counter-intuitive, it made typos too easy. If your fingertip hit the desired key just a bit to the side, it was likely to hit the neighboring key too.

The screenshot of the Optimus keyboard shows keycaps which look even wider on top than the Atari ST's. I can't imagine ever using this keyboard for any serious amount of typing.

Re:Wide keycaps (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194897)

iam looking at my Atari STE keyboard right now and the KB has the same size caps all over (bar the usual ctrl/shift etc), the only ones that are wide are the function keys and they are well out of the way of the main KB
maybe you are thinking of a different manufacturer

Careful now (1)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194627)

Great, as soon as I've figured out how to stop my wife/kids dropping food crumbs/coffee into it I'll order this funky new keyboard. Previously not been too bothered about chucking an old one and replacing with a new one for this reason. So as much as I'd love to own something so geek-attractingly cool, I'll have to pass this time...

a new marketing avenue ! (2, Interesting)

pytheron (443963) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194631)

Imagine some unscrupulous person coding something that updates your keyboard to bombard you with direct marketing, using the keys like a limited dot matrix.. or indeed, if the keys mapped fast enough, you could create cool music pulse effects etc. I must admit, I'd like on of these.

Lifespan? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194645)

What kind of OLEDs do they use? Standard, blue OLEDs will last less than a year.

Wow, hard to believe (4, Funny)

edwardpickman (965122) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194647)

Then the rumors of it being bundled with Duke Nuke em Forever aren't true? Or are they taking preorders for Duke as well?

Finally! Well, Eventially! (5, Funny)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194673)

I'm so pleased about this advance warning, giving me a chance to cogitate on the early stages of beginning to anticipate the eventual opening moments of the new dawn of an opportunity to gear up for a period when, soon, there will be a new, imminent development foreshadowing the approaching onset of the start of my chance to, on a first-come, first-served basis, pre-order this thing.

This looks interesting. I hope the succeed. (1)

Tokimasa (1011677) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194681)

If they manage to market this and people like it, then perhaps other companies will begin to do this. Competition always brings prices down.

Good Ol' Dependable (3, Informative)

byronne (47527) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194687)

Maybe I'll be classified as a Luddite for this, but I really love using my IBM Model M. Best keyboard ever in tactile response and sheer typeability (if that's a word). I've been collecting backups off eBay even though I know you can throw one off a building and still plug it in with no worries. Simple, robust and failure-proof, aside from the sometimes flaky cables, I just love that it's a keyboard with steel in it.
Besides, shortcut keys are for the lazy folk, IMHO.

Re:Good Ol' Dependable (1)

wadia (1104581) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194947)

After about a dozen Northgate Omnikeys (best keyboard ever) have died another model M user checks in. Long live people who need a happy medium between the typewriter and a laptop.

Um, it's a keyboard. (0, Offtopic)

mikek2 (562884) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194699)

Ummm... it's a fucking keyboard. (And I think video card geeks need a life!)

"$1,564.37" hahahaha... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194709)

"$1,564.37" hahahaha... "$1,564.37" hahahaha... "$1,564.37" hahahaha... sorry.. i'm using my 7 Euro keyb... "$1,564.37" hahahaha... "$1,564.37" hahahaha... i'm so sorry.. but.. "$1,564.37" hahahaha...

for "$1,564.37" i can buy all keyboards in all languages in this world and throw them away every day...

Why for Odin's sake... (3, Insightful)

belgar (254293) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194717)

....does Slashdot act as the marketing arm of Lebedev? The number of pre-annouce, pre-production, pre-order shite having to do with this marginally cool keyboard is wee-todd-did.

Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19194723)

Why would you want a keyboard with displays on the keys? Do you ever even look at the keyboard?

What I want (2, Interesting)

danimrich (584138) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194725)

What I want is a USB Keyboard extension that is maybe twice as large as the number pad and consists of buttons that can be labelled individually. Then I'd like to be able to assign a sequence of key presses/characters to every one of these keys.

I want to be able to press, for example, a key that's labelled instead of typing /mu. I don't need no fancy displays, I just want more keys!

does anybody even look at the keyboard (1)

theeddie55 (982783) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194731)

i personally won't be getting one of these, even if they come down to the same price as a normal keyboard, i've not really looked at my keyboard since i bought it, and the only time i ever get a new keyboard is the once every 6 months i spill coffee on my old one.

Why should I give a damn? (1, Insightful)

massysett (910130) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194737)

The summary does not include a link to anything telling me what this keyboard is. There's some countdown timer, and a picture of a keyboard--wow. I followed several links under the "Related Links" and burrowed two or three links deep, and I still couldn't find a description of this thing (some links were dead.) The blog does not have a description of what this keyboard is. In short this just looks like a keyboard--who cares? Ooh, pre-orders in hours--I can't wait!

$1500 for mild functionality? (1)

wellingj (1030460) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194757)

I'd rather spend my money on one of these keyboards [linuxcentral.com] , and then get a touch screen lcd [logicsupply.com]
Then you could make a huge custom touch pad that also had software buttons for whatever you wanted.
Disclaimer: this is prior art =P

Innovative yes, Mass Production - maybe? (1)

Imp00 (889668) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194773)

Very interesting. If it catches on well enough and there are a high amount of purchases it might help pave the way for more mass production and other companies licensing the design and producing units thus making it a little more affordable and/or palatable for the rest of us. I know one thing though, I'd have to invent a new curse word to describe the anger I'd have if I spilled my beverage of choice on it.

Linux (2)

spockrock (1096067) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194889)

Does this work in linux??

Re:Linux (1)

cos(x) (677938) | more than 6 years ago | (#19195055)

Does this work in linux??

Most likely - no. Their current three button keyboard is Windows only with a Mac driver currently in development. It's all closed source as well. This is stupid of course as their innovation is in the hardware design, not the driver code, but it probably will take someone to reverse engineer the USB packets used by this thing before Linux support becomes available.

Optimus. Because people quit caring about Amiga. (1)

itomato (91092) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194899)

New Amiga hardware coming soon!!! Screaming fast PPC chips! Just as fast (or faster) than anything from Apple!!
Coming soon! Lookit - here's a prototype board (photo)..
Be ready for Amiga OS 4 - NOW!!

There are some things that you can rely on in this world. One of them is the protracted development period for specialized hardware/software.
Sometimes vapor does condense..

Looks cool but... (1)

vengeful_ferengi (1103091) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194901)

Damn, $1500 for a keyboard? If you're looking for a cool expensive keyboard, you can score a Logitech g15 for like $99 online. Badass keyboard right there, and you can spend the other 1400 clams on a very nice upgrade for your rig, or.......save it?

I see a market for this, small anyway (1)

guruevi (827432) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194925)

There are only a few people that are going to want to buy this. Uber-rich geeks wanting a new flashy keyboard, some snobs and yuppies, movie sets and producers for more realistic sci-fi, hi-tech dentists and doctors that need a keyboard with specialized buttons at the operating table and finally, DJ's, VJ's in clubs and music studios that run their sets on computers.

Right now all the professionals among those people either have to buy a specialized keyboard or input device or stick little tabs on or above the keys. And I can tell you from experience, if you're doing a quick dj gig and have to use any type of bright light to see what you type, or if you have little stickies on your keys, it's hell. I would kill at some moments for a keyb that would change to lit-up letters when you search your library and back to your 'buttons' when you go back. I know there is stuff out there that emulates the real sets (like the Hercules DJ stuff) but it's not all that and quite impractical.

There is a market for it, although small. I'm too poor to pay for one but if they drop down like say to 10% of their current price, I think they're going to be able to sell a whole lot more.

What is this thing? (2, Funny)

deuist (228133) | more than 6 years ago | (#19194931)

I went to the website and have read through the Slashdot comments and still can't figure why this keyboard is supposed to be so great. Does it scratch your balls when you're typing an email? Does it protect from terrorism? Will it sing me a song so I can fall asleep at night? Or pour me a drink whenever I crave a martini?

From the country that brought you the Fabergé (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19195021)

At this price and with the VERY limited production schedule, you'd think the bloody things were hand made by the czar's jeweler.

Vaporware Promisses (1)

TavisJohn (961472) | more than 6 years ago | (#19195063)

When the keyboard was first announced I was soo interested.
When they said it would be the price of a good cell-phone I was interested.
When they announced a release date, I was ready with $400.00 to get one.
Then they delayed the release date. I was disappointed but still ready to purchase.
Then they decided to release a 3 button wimpy device first, I was disappointed but waiting for the real thing.
Then they announced it would be B&W, then they changed their minds a day or so later and said it would be color again. I realized that they did not care about anything except yanking people's chains. I became disinterested.
Then they announced a $1,200+ price-tag. I am no longer interested.

They way they have handled themselves acting like a rock-star when they have YET to release an "OMG I have to have it" device so they have not earned that attitude yet.

Now that fancy OLED keyboard has decreased in value to me from $400.00 to $30.00 or less. If I happen to see one in a discount bin somewhere for less than $30.00 then I might consider getting one, maybe. However I might also just pass on it. I would hate to give my money to a company that behaves like they are the king of the world, when they are far from earning that title.

Snicker - LiveJournal - Snicker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#19195095)

Yeah, I would totally spend $1500 on a keyboard from a company who's main marketing tool is LiveJournal.

Why not... (1)

PhotoGuy (189467) | more than 6 years ago | (#19195121)

Wholy crap, the price is just numbing. And probably actually justified by the tech that had to go into it.

Why couldn't they do something simpler? Like an LCD panel under the keyboard, and each key just spies down on a portion of the panel, maybe with some optics to make it look nice and focused, etc.. (I call patents!) Seems a lot more sense than having a separate OLED on every single key, which is probably what led to the outrageous price of this beast.

Given the beating most keyboards take, I'm assured this company will tank. For $1500, you want to be assured your asset will last, and I can't see this one living up to the promise.
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