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Optimus Keyboard Starts Shipping

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the true-sticker-shock dept.

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Tom's Hardware is reporting that the Optimus keyboard that everyone was so anxious for (although maybe less so when they saw the price tag) started shipping this week. "According to an announcement made on the Optimus project blog, keyboards are now shipping to customers who pre-ordered the $1564 keyboard nine months ago. Keyboards with passive keys are delayed and will be shipping in about a month, the manufacturer said. [...] Earlier this month, one of the first Optimus Maximus keyboards was sold for $2750 on Ebay." Engadget even got the chance to test one of these expensive toys out.

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Review summary (5, Informative)

Smackheid (1217632) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519138)

-LEDs are bright and clear
-Key Image Editing is quick and painless (use your graphic editor of choice)
-Still some quirks to work out with Macs
-High-quality parts and construction
-Requires extra strength for keypresses, so unsuitable for typing more than a few minutes.

Re:Review summary (4, Insightful)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519230)

Requires extra strength for keypresses, so unsuitable for typing more than a few minutes.

Don't a lot of old-timers say that the keyboards of old, where you actually got some resistence from the keys, were more comfortable to type with than the yielding keyboards of today?

In any event, it's interesting to see that advances are still being made in keyboard technologies. The input model of, say, the film minority Minority Report [amazeon.com] , where you have to wave your arms around would in reality prove highly exhausting. Voice input isn't anywhere near ready, especially for people like me who are entering a different language in each window on the screen. And unless Kurzweil is right after all, I'm sure we're still a long ways off from direct neural input.

Re:Review summary (2, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519462)

I'm also glad to see that keyboard technology is still evolving, but I'm not sure Optimus is the right direction. Instead of an extremely expensive new keyboard that needs lots and lots of delicate tech and will slow down my workflow, I wouldn't mind having a little less hardware sitting under my fingers. Button-pushing seems to me to be so 20th century. Because of the type of work (and play) I do with my computer, I'd like to have ways to interact in much more subtle and complex ways than just "click click click". I want gesture, direction, velocity and intricate combinations of all these to send information to my waiting machine.

Every time I use my Korg Kaoss pad to input musical data, I wish there was something similar for my non-musical applications. And where are the "gloves" I can put on my hands that will interpret my gestures as control data for video production, drawing, even database management? Most important though: it has to be inexpensive. One of the most important measurements I use when evaluating a new technology for myself is affordability. I've decided that an incremental advance that costs more than my entire system isn't an advance at all (for me at least).

Re:Review summary (4, Informative)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519684)

You mean something like TouchStream [fingerworks.com] from Finger Works [fingerworks.com] ? This [fingerworks.com] is just a sample of the input commands for text editing.

Apple bought them and incorporated their tech into the iPhone, iTouch, & MacBook Air. I suspect 2 finger scrolling and right click on the Intel laptops also came out of this.

You can find iGestures on eBay, but they're fetching a pretty penny last time I checked. They even have a macro editor and such so you can assign any finger gesture to almost anything.

Re:Review summary (4, Funny)

snoyberg (787126) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519968)

You can find iGestures on eBay, but they're fetching a pretty penny last time I checked. They even have a macro editor and such so you can assign any finger gesture to almost anything.

Any finger gesture? I have a finger gesture I'd like to map to "send nasty e-mail". Could be useful.

Re:Review summary (4, Interesting)

ushering05401 (1086795) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519848)

Having resistance and click-points on a keyboard was very helpful. When typing on such a keyboard I would never bottom out the key, thus expending extra force.

When using modern clickless (and mushy) keyboards I often find myself 'bashing' keys harder the faster I type. It has something to do with the lack of tactile feedback while touch typing.

Re:Review summary (5, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519262)

-Requires extra strength for keypresses, so unsuitable for typing more than a few minutes.

Phew! Good thing I wasn't planning on using my keyboard for that.

Re:Review summary (2, Insightful)

gnick (1211984) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519944)

Actually, I can think of at least a couple of applications for a keyboard like this where additional key resistance wouldn't be a big deal:

* A public terminal at the U.N. or other international agency. You wouldn't expect (or encourage) long use-times at public terminals and venues like the U.N. could really make use of a keyboard that can change character sets quickly and easily.

* Gaming. Now, most of my gaming experience is with FPSs and real-time strategy, but the keyboard use (although important) was much slower than coding, e-mailing, or posting to /. . And, graphical keys could be a real plus - Especially if you regularly switch back and forth between several games

Re:Review summary (2, Interesting)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519358)

-Requires extra strength for keypresses, so unsuitable for typing more than a few minutes.

I was talking with a friend about this and while I type really fast and need a keyboard that will keep up with me, he's a touch typist (or hunt-and-peck I guess) and he said he wouldn't care about that, considering the rest of the features. He used to be a fan of the old Gateway programmable keyboards and that's more important to him than key switch strength since he doesn't really type that much. Come to think of it, I really don't know that many people who are really good at typing on a computer keyboard. It must be the typewriter training I got in highschool.

Personally I think it's the ultimate stupidity to have a $1,000+ keyboard that you really can't type with, but I guess each person has their own perspective.

Re:Review summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519530)

...he's a touch typist (or hunt-and-peck I guess)...

You do realize that those two fall on opposite ends of the keyboarding-abilities spectrum, don't you?

Re:Review summary (1)

aesiamun (862627) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519560)

A touch typist isn't a hunt and peck typist...

if you can type long strings of words without ever looking at the keyboard and know how to align your fingers to the home keys then you are a touch typist...

if you look at every key you type and tend to use 1-2 fingers to type...then you're a hunt and peck...er

Re:Review summary (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519686)

OK, so he's the hunt and peck type. I wasn't sure what the difference is.

Re:Review summary (1)

SleptThroughClass (1127287) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519928)

Hunt and peck is the Columbus Method: Find 'em and land on 'em.

Re:Review summary (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519386)

Requires extra strength for keypresses, so unsuitable for typing more than a few minutes.
Assistant: Every student in the school's grades are still failing.
Principal: Well, what about all the super resistant Optimus Maximus keyboards we gave them to repress internet usage?
Assistant: That backfired and merely created a generation of hackers with super strong fingers. We've got them trapped in the gymnasium but you can only approach them in specialized suits with extra padding so they can't get their fingers around your limbs or any part of your body. Several teachers have had their arms and wrists broken after attempting to block all gaming ports ... things have gone from bad to worse, sir.
Principal: Damnit, I was hoping it wouldn't come to this ... *sigh* ... increase the creatine dosage in the locker room drinking fountains. And then ... release the jocks into the gym. Kill all power and lights to the gym and pipe loud Metallica through the speakers to hasten the process.
Assistant: But ... but ... sir how will we stop the overpowered jocks once they are done?
Principal: Simple, we just increase the depressants being injected into the goth kids and the problem will eventually take care of itself, we might even be on the news!

Re:Review summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519794)

They are being led by a student named Harry Bergeron.

No thanks (5, Insightful)

MonorailCat (1104823) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519146)

according to Engadget, not only is it wildly expensive, but it's painful to type on. I wish form followed function a little more often in the gadget world.

Re:No thanks (1, Insightful)

ThreeGigs (239452) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519276)

Well, what did you expect? The keys are displays, and have to weigh a lot more than a plain piece of plastic. Thus need stronger springs to return them to up position, a stronger push to depress them, and stiffer suspension to handle the extra force.

In no way would I expect something like this to be 'comfortable' to type on, no matter who makes it.

Re:No thanks (3, Informative)

cnettel (836611) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519298)

They did a showcase on their website, the key itself is not a display. You only move a transparent keycap.

Re:No thanks (2, Informative)

wootest (694923) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519324)

The displays are suspended below the actual switches and don't move when you depress the key.

Re:No thanks (5, Funny)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519532)

don't move when you depress the key.
Personally, I like to depress keys by telling them that they're worthless and no-one likes them.

Re:No thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519976)

I'm worthless and nobody like me. Please help. Thanks.

Re:No thanks (1)

Loconut1389 (455297) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519996)

I always know its time for my car's checkup when the brakes squeal when depressed.

Re:No thanks (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519880)

Ignoring for a moment you are wrong about the keys...

The is still no reason why the spring can be designed better. Sure IF you were right about the keys being displays, then the spring would need to be harder, but only as much harder as the additional weight needs. So it could require the EXACT same amount of force from your fingers.

Of course all this is moot bacause you decided making a fool out of yourself was better then actually getting information about the topic you posted.

Personally, I wonder.... (4, Interesting)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519308)

...how this would compare with the original IBM-101's.

You know the ones I mean.

Re:Personally, I wonder.... (3, Funny)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519558)

It would be much easier to bludgeon someone to death with the good old 101, but that's probably not the functionality you're referring to.

Re:Personally, I wonder.... (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519590)

You mean the Model M [wikipedia.org] ones? Nothing compares to those. They rock. Although Keytronic used to manufacture some keyboards back in the early 90s that came close. They had the bottom metal plate and high-quality key switches. But PC manufacturers eventually forced them to go low quality to cut costs.

I still have one of those Keytronic deals in a box somewhere. Most of the alpha keys are faded and it's scarred from cigarette burns and whatnot, but the switches work exactly the same they did when I first got the computer it came with. A 286, if I remember correctly.

Re:Personally, I wonder.... (1)

dedazo (737510) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519756)

but the switches

Of course I meant springs, not switches.

Re:Personally, I wonder.... (1)

R2.0 (532027) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519780)

There is no comparison. The IBM Model M Keyboard is the Chuck Norris of Keyboards.

1) Chuck Norris
2) Model M
3) Cage
4) Pay per view
5) PROFIT!

Re:No thanks (1)

esocid (946821) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519352)

If I had an extra 1500 sitting around I would not use it on a keyboard. A $10 does all I need. The computers I've built have never even exceeded US$900, why bother all that on a single peripheral?

Re:No thanks (1)

Fx.Dr (915071) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519524)

For the same reason someone would purchase a BMW M5 vs. a beat-up old Taurus. Sure, they both get you from point A to point B, but the Big-Wang factor runs much higher with the former.

Re:No thanks (2, Informative)

aesiamun (862627) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519622)

the m5 will last longer than probably two beat up old tauruses.

That and they are more fun to drive...
is this keyboard more fun to use? Or is it just bling to look at?

Re:No thanks (1)

The Analog Kid (565327) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519662)

I don't know if you can consider a regular keyboard a beat-up Taurus, especially since it's harder to type for long periods of time on the Optimus.

Re:No thanks (1)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519732)

This is the first technology debuted on slashdot in like 2 years that actually caught my attention. They better lock the patent on this before someone steals it.

Re:No thanks (3, Insightful)

prxp (1023979) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519636)

Great! A keyboard that is no good for typing! How much more can they innovate?

Re:No thanks (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519646)

Wait until the programs that make use of this keyboard come out.
One that randomally re-arranges the keyboard every 10 seconds. try to touch type with that running.
One that rotates the characters displayed on the keycaps whenever you type the character. Useless, yes, but entertaining to the little ones.
Or the German code machine, wherin when you type one character, and the corresponding cypher character lights up for a second.
Or a program that tries to anticipate what the next character you type is likely to be, and lights that one up. Sounds like something MicroSoft would want.

Lawsuits? (4, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519150)

one of the first Optimus ...
I'll bet when Prime [michaelbay.com] saw this keyboard, he ran and got Lawyer-bot and they sued the ever livin' shit out of Art Lebedev.

... Maximus keyboards was sold for $2750
And then when Russel Crow [es-tu.com] saw it, he went and got Litigiosus Andronicus and did the same.

I think I have some good ideas for some more keyboard names:
  • Neo Bourne
  • Skywalker Castle
  • Wolverine McBain
  • The Incredible Thing
  • Thor Rambo
  • Rocky Terminator
  • Frodo Potter
  • Riddick Kenobi
  • Walker Texas Bauer

Re:Lawsuits? (0, Offtopic)

module0000 (882745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519188)

Mod parent up, "Frodo Potter" = brilliant.

Re:Lawsuits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519626)

I quite like Harry Baggins.

Re:Lawsuits? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519476)

And then when Russel Crow saw it, he went and got Litigiosus Andronicus and did the same.

I hate to break this to you and the rest of the illiterates, but Rome and Latin really existed. (In fact, Latin still does exist.) It's not like Star Wars or Middle Earth. In fact, you can get on a plane, go to Italy and see remains of it.

I Shall Not Leave My Tin Foil Lair (2, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519546)

In fact, you can get on a plane...
Woh woh woh ... woh. Slow down. Are you actually suggesting I leave the basement and expose myself to natural light?

You must be new here. I know that that's right when the government satellites will get me, why do you think the planes fly at such a huge altitude when they don't have to?! Duh, so that its easier for the satellites to brain scan you!

But in all seriousness, I believe most of that movie (The Gladiator) was fabricated. Yes, there was a 'Maximus' (if that was his name) but the events surely did not transpire as they did in the movie. It's not like I'm making fun of "I Claudius" or actual documentaries on Rome.

Re:I Shall Not Leave My Tin Foil Lair (2, Informative)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519862)

The movie was a fabrication (perhaps loosely based on the Slave's Revolt), but the movie still has no claim on the word. Maximus was a fairly common word that means "great" in Latin. For example, the "Circus Maximus" was a large racing arena, the "Pontifex Maximus" was the high priest, and the "Cloaca Maxima" was a large sewer that drained away Rome's waste.

SLASHDOT SUX0RZ (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519162)

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Bloomberg? (1)

kansei (731975) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519192)

Reminds me of the new style Bloomberg keyboard which is also huge and awkward to use.

Re:Bloomberg? (1)

essjaytee (141772) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519952)

No kidding. The Bloomberg keyboards weigh a ton and absolutely SUCK to type on. The keys are too hard to press, and you have to push them down PERFECTLY STRAIGHT to get them to move.

I admit they look cool. I guess that's the point...

-S.

Neat... (1, Interesting)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519202)

...now what does it offer that makes it so special? Screens in the keys? I can get stickers if I wanted or maybe even swap the keys.

Re:Neat... (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519270)

Think about the keycaps automatically changing when you select the keyboard map for a different language. This new kinds of keyboards promise to be very useful for those of us who must enter many languages.

Re:Neat... (1)

timster (32400) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519640)

Wouldn't it be much more practical to solve that problem with a USB hub and a lazy Susan?

Re:Neat... (1)

kcbanner (929309) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519892)

It might be fine for learning the new layout, but apparently actually typing on these is a pain.

Re:Neat... (1)

AmaDaden (794446) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519572)

It would be nice for Photoshop like programs and games. Auto mapping of the images of functions to the key that would use them. You don't have to look up the quick key for things you just look for the image. It sounds trivial but it would help people learn these keys very quickly. Personally it took me a few years to learn copy and paste because it was so much easier to just right click then look it up and use it. If my keys changed how they looked when I held down Ctrl then things might have been diffrent.

Just in time for the primaries! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519204)

I think I shall call this new keyboard, Optimus Prime!

Re:Just in time for the primaries! (1)

Izabael_DaJinn (1231856) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519258)

My friend said he is waiting for the Decepticon version....

Design flaws (4, Insightful)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519210)

The DC supply plugs into the back of the keyboard, ugly for such a otherwise expensive and well designed keyboard.

Why couldn't they have a split end on the keyboard cable with the DC input and USB connections, that way you would have no DC cable in sight.

Re:Design flaws (1)

zlogic (892404) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519392)

It's easier to reboot this way :-)

Re:Design flaws (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519852)

Is Optimus AC-powered?
Yes, a PC would not be able to power the keyboard (19V, ~6) on its own.

Thats a lot of current for a keyboard......

If I had an optimus... (1)

I Like Pudding (323363) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519220)

ALL my keys would be Tatu jpgs. Fuck the Optimus anyhow - I have a Lemur [jazzmutant.com] !

To be outdated within a few month. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519222)

While it is cool and all. I think Multi-Touch displays may make these keyboards obsolete and perhaps cheaper too.

Re:To be outdated within a few month. (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519478)

While it is cool and all. I think Multi-Touch displays may make these keyboards obsolete and perhaps cheaper too.
I was going to say that those would be horrible for touch-typing. Then I remembered the review saying that it's actually horrible for doing proper typing on anyway, so you're probably right.

If the intended use was sporadic keypresses (a la Photoshop shortcuts), then a multi-touch display (*) *is* probably just as good. So although this keyboard is cool-looking and all that, ultimately it's going to do better at being a "real" usable keyboard, or it's just going to be an overpriced piggy in the middle.

(*) Preferably separate from your main screen, since it's been generally accepted that touchscreen monitors in the traditional PC configuration suck, and even if it was okay for the occasional keypress, the interface would get in the way. Though I suppose with PS you could touch the existing icons anyway (thus not requiring a separate on-screen keyboard) so it might work after all.

Re:To be outdated within a few month. (1)

fmobus (831767) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519484)

Yeah because, for some reason, NOT having tactile feedback is a good idea. See iPhone: perfect for typing long texts!

Re:To be outdated within a few month. (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519772)

So lets wait a couple decades so every hot point has a static charge on the display so you can feel they keys.

Optimus fails it. (4, Insightful)

TripMaster Monkey (862126) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519248)

From the Engadget article:

Okay, why does typing on the Optimus suck, you ask? Well, although the keyboard uses mechanical switches and a lot of high quality components (evident when we pulled off some keys), and there is some clicky tactility to keypresses, as a whole it just requires way too much force to depress keys. And the larger the key, the more force is required, so enter is easier than space, but harder than tab. Let's put it this way, we sit around and type all day long and this thing wore us out in about 30 seconds to a minute. Carpal sufferers, beware.

So, the keyboard is painfully inadequate at doing the one thing keyboards are suppodes to be doing: data input. Kinda like a solid gold mouse that won't track, or a 80-inch monitor that won't display better than 800x600. Pretty pointless.

Re:Optimus fails it. (1)

GerbilSoft (761537) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519506)

"or a 80-inch monitor that won't display better than 800x600"

Those exist, they're called HDTVs.

Re:Optimus fails it. (1)

Noishe (829350) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519678)

Actually... they're called EDTVs.

Re:Optimus fails it. (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519574)

Well, that's not quite what they say. They say it sucks as a TEXT input device, at least in comparison to other keyboards. On the other hand, as a context sensitive input/output device it sounds like it works exactly as promised. As someone who spends a lot of time switching between programs that have several hundred possible hotkeys each, I would love one of these. In a couple years, I expect to buy the $200 descendant.

Re:Optimus fails it. (1)

vonhammer (992352) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519628)

And APL shall inherit the Earth...

Stupid (5, Insightful)

jointm1k (591234) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519272)

This thing is the dumbest thing ever. Even more useless than the display on the G15 gaming keyboard. Who fricking watches the keys while typing or gaming?! And according to the review typing sucks on this keyboard. WTF? A keyboard that does not allow you to type properly has no reason to exist. And what looney pays $2750 for it?

Made by idiots, for idiots.

Flame on!

Re:Stupid (5, Funny)

jointm1k (591234) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519470)

Haha, I bet the one who modded me as a troll actually pre-ordered one. Poor schmuck.

Re:Stupid (1)

Fex303 (557896) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519486)

Even more useless than the display on the G15 gaming keyboard. Who fricking watches the keys while typing or gaming?!
That was actually great for two reasons. First off, it let me see what was playing in iTunes without leaving WoW. Second, it had all my WoW stats when I wanted to see them. Really handy when changing armor. (Which I did often, since I played a druid.)

The G15 LCD is great for stuff that you don't want to see most of the time, but would like to be able to get to quickly occasionally.

Re:Stupid (1)

pak9rabid (1011935) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519578)

Agreed. Of all the things to rice out on a computer (which I think is stupid as a whole), why the keyboard? My keyboard gets about as much visual attention as my mouse.

Re:Stupid (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519788)

"Who fricking watches the keys while typing or gaming?! "

A lot of fricking people.

Plus it's designed to make things you would be mousing with a little easier.

the G15 is killer when gaming. It's not as good a a keyboard that has memory for on board programming, but still macros are very handy, and considering most macro languages in games get castrated soon or later, I would rather right a keyboard macro.

Re:Stupid (1)

Telvin_3d (855514) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519916)

You obviously do not use any 3D modeling software. Hundreds of commands. Many of which are used only occasionally. And frequent switching between software packages/versions.

My current work flow has me using 3DS Max, Photoshop, Illustrator, Combustion and a few smaller miscellaneous programs. I'd be shocked if between them there are less than a thousand hotkeys. In the past, I have used Lighwave and Maya. Those 2 and 3DS share 90% of their possible commands (in the same way that all word programs have certain basic functions). I doubt that there is more than a dozen shared hotkeys between them, and those are as likely to be accidental as intentional. Ability to display commands? Priceless.

Hell, I switch between Windows and OSX constantly. Having the keyboard update to remind me that Apple-C and CTRL-C are different buttons would be nice.

Re:Stupid (1)

Shadow-isoHunt (1014539) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519992)

That's the Fantastic Four, not Transformers, stupid!

At that price ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519286)

I hope they have a built-in keymap setting for Duke Nukem Forever.

pwned keyboards coming soon... (5, Insightful)

Will the Chill (78436) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519304)

Since these things appear to be mostly geared toward Windows users (yes, I know, some Mac too) it's only a matter of time before somebody releases as script-kiddy utility for pwning your friends' and enemies' keyboard OLEDs.

I can see it now. Grandma is surfing for recipes and all of a sudden her nice new keyboards starts showing all sorts of inappropriate text and images.

And plus apparently it sucks as a keyboard.

-WtC

*** $!g +yP3d 0n 0p+!^^u$ k3Yb0@Rd ***

Yes, I *am* a sarcastic git (1)

Dogtanian (588974) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519638)

it's only a matter of time before somebody releases as script-kiddy utility for pwning your friends' and enemies' keyboard OLEDs. I can see it now. Grandma is surfing for recipes and all of a sudden her nice new keyboards starts showing all sorts of inappropriate text and images.
That's a nice idea- but what'd be even cooler is if the displays weren't so small and you could *really* go to town with offending Grandma. We need something huge, like 17" or more- Grandma's just sitting there and she sees "inappropriate text and images" in 1024 x 768 or larger. Right in front of her!

*Sigh* It'll never happen... how many people (especially Grandma-types) have esoteric things like 17" LCDs or CRTs attached to their computer? We'll just have to stick to offending them through their Optimus Keyboards- at least they all have one of them! :-)

Re:Yes, I *am* a sarcastic git (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519948)

haha, you don't actually knwo a lot of grandma's these days, do you?

Most of the ones I work with would just laugh, many of them would be doing this to their friends keyboards on purpose.

Me, I would make the CEO's keyboard do it, then ask for a promotion so I can 'fix it' so it won't happen again.

If I was still corporate.

Two Chicks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519328)

I like the key of the two nekked chicks making out just below the YouTube and above the Excel keys....

No longer vaporware... (1)

Raistlin77 (754120) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519338)

Nice to know it's no longer vaporware, but I think I'll have to wait until the price drops by about $1500. Hopefully enough early-adopters are insane enough to blow $1500+ on this thing to expose as many likely bugs as possible.

Nice concept... (1)

neowolf (173735) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519448)

I thought this had been relegated to "vaporware" a couple of years ago. It's nice to see they are finally are producing them.

I love the concept, although I'm not as excited about having the standard alpha/numeric keys in OLED, having all the function and option keys configurable like that is a fantastic idea.

Hopefully the price will come down and the engineering will get better. I actually think it would be great for laptops- where there are so many special function keys that can be difficult to see in dimly-lit environments. OLEDs are supposed to be extremely energy efficient, but I'll admit they would probably still use an excessive amount of battery power.

As for this- I need something I can type on all day that doesn't cost $450.

Oh, wait, no Linux support. Just lost all of my interest.

Everything I wanted in a keyboard (1)

pablodiazgutierrez (756813) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519454)

From TFA, says it all:
  • Typing on it, well, sucks. We kind of hate to say it, but this thing more than likely won't replace what ever keyboard you're writing your novel on - it's better off used as an absurdly configurable swiss army knife for tasks like gaming, Photoshop, or just about any other productivity app that doesn't require a lot of typing.
  • Okay, why does typing on the Optimus suck, you ask? Well, although the keyboard uses mechanical switches and a lot of high quality components (evident when we pulled off some keys), and there is some clicky tactility to keypresses, as a whole it just requires way too much force to depress keys. And the larger the key, the more force is required, so enter is easier than space, but harder than tab. Let's put it this way, we sit around and type all day long and this thing wore us out in about 30 seconds to a minute. Carpal sufferers, beware.
What better way to spend well over a grand, I say!

CmdrTaco sez: (4, Funny)

idontgno (624372) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519466)

No wireless. More keyforce than an IBM Model M. Lame.

Article is dumb (4, Informative)

ianare (1132971) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519490)

I like how the article confuses LED with an OLED display, thereby completely missing the point of the device. Any idiot can stick an LED inside a keyboard key, in fact there are plenty of LED back-lit keyboards out there. But putting in a completely programmable display in each key is something much, much more complicated (and cooler). This is why there has been so much interest in it, and why it so expensive.
Speaking of which, the full blown 103 programmable key version is $1564, but with less programmable keys it is cheaper. As follows [artlebedev.com] :
  • 1 active key - $462
  • 10 active keys - $600
  • 47 active keys - $1000
  • 103 active keys - $1564

Re:Article is dumb (1)

carpltunl (604615) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519998)

I too was wondering how an LED had 48x48 resolution.

We don't need no stinkin title! (2, Insightful)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519498)

Unfortunately, the G-15 does exactly what the Optimus will be doing 99.9% of the time, for $1450 less.

Also there's the Catch-22 that no geek actually looks at the keyboard whilst typing, so the demographic most likely to think it's cool is also the least likely to need it.

One of the three signs of the pending Apocalypse (5, Funny)

wowbagger (69688) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519548)

One of the three signs of the pending Apocalypse:
  • The Optimus keyboard ships
  • The Phantom ships
  • Duke Nukem Forever ships

Then the Destroyer will plug the Optimus into the Phantom, boot Duke Nukem Forever, and the universe will come to an end.

Re:One of the three signs of the pending Apocalyps (1)

n3tcat (664243) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519690)

Well, what will probably happen first is the phantom, running DNF, will receive a specific keystroke set from the optimus and will initiate the processing sequence that provides the ultimate question to the ultimate answer.

THEN the universe will end.

Early buyers must be pissed (2, Insightful)

Firehed (942385) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519550)

...since the price has apparently dropped from $1500+ to "only" $462, according to Lebedev's website. And as a $600 iPhone owner, I thought Apple was bad. I suppose at that price I could almost give it serious consideration, but I think I'll wait it out for v2.0.

Re:Early buyers must be pissed (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#22519748)

You need to read better, bud. The $462 price is for the keyboard with ONE programmable button.

tom's hardware (1)

hansoloaf (668609) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519568)

people still read that site? I thought it had faded away or was that Anand?

Hard key clicks? (2, Funny)

electricbern (1222632) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519596)

"And the larger the key, the more force is required, so enter is easier than space, but harder than tab. " whothehellneedsspacewhentheygota$2750oledkeyboard?

Noble Optimus Keyboard vs. Evil Monitron !!! (1)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519624)

The Inputbots wage their battles to destroy the evil forces of the Displayicons.

Wouldn't it have been better / cheaper /easier (1)

joeflies (529536) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519632)

to use regular everyday keys for the main keys, and use OLEDS only on the Function keys / keypad and perhaps a row of extra keys?

Of course, that may be a US-centric view of what a keyboard should look like, but I bet that since most of the standard alphanumeric keys don't need to be changed often, it is a waste of OLED functionality. We just want to make our programmable keys prettier.

So I take it... (4, Interesting)

RichPowers (998637) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519648)

You're not supposed to run the Optimus through the dishwasher if it gets dirty and crusty? :) And unless you're filthy rich, you can't chuck it and buy a new one.

So you either:
Type with gloves on;
Use in a clean room;
Spend a painstaking amount of time cleaning it.

The Optimus is best at home among all those other impractical gadgets, usually found in HOUSE OF THE FUTURE! exhibits, that aren't used by real people...

Re:So I take it... (1)

Ma8thew (861741) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519808)

The Optimus' keys are specifically designed to be easy to remove. The keyboard even comes with a key removing tool. So taking out the key caps (the display is not embedded in the key, it is below the cap) should be pretty easy. Also, try not eating Cheetos whilst typing.

Re:So I take it... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519978)

OK mister Hughes you can take the tissue boxes off your feet now.

How many people use your keyboard? Plus it comes apart for cleaning.

Keyboard is dead (1)

PowerEdge (648673) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519654)

According to Bill Gates. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hWfu1kO8fzvC3It-EWAI2XHL9PGw [google.com]

PITTSBURGH - Bill Gates predicts people will interact more and more with computers using speech or touch screens rather than keyboards.

Re:Keyboard is dead (1)

Bourbon Man (76846) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519972)

And we all know how his predictions pan out. "640k ought to be enough to be enough memory for anybody" "I believe OS/2 is destined to be the most important operating system, and possibly program, of all time." "Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time." etc etc etc

Third hotkey down on the right... (5, Funny)

Sqweegee (968985) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519664)

Am I seeing this properly? Are the hot keys in the second column in the engadget article as follows?

Firefox, Youtube link, Lesbian porn link!?

With trends like this (2, Funny)

kcbanner (929309) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519696)

Hey, if the tech industry keeps this kind of thing up, we might see a demo of Duke Nukem forever soon!

An interesting novelty. (1)

Gat0r30y (957941) | more than 5 years ago | (#22519962)

But seriously, I don't look at my keyboard. When I was but a wee tyke I took typing class and haven't looked down since. While I can appreciate the novelty of having it, how often does anyone look at their keyboard long enough to appreciate this while actually doing work? Is there something I'm just not getting here?
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