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Optimus Maximus keyboard in action (video)

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For over two years we have reported several times on this keyboard that is supposedly being actively developed by a group of russian designers and developers. So many times in fact I have pretty much told TechSpot news editors to stop posting news on this topic until we can see some actual progress…

For some, the project had already joined the leagues of Duke Nukem Forever (a.k.a. “vaporware”) but now there is a new video showing the keyboard in action, and without a doubt it looks pretty cool.

I wouldn’t hold my breath though with an expected retail price of $1,500+, you could just as well get a well equipped PC for that amount. Naturally, the Optimus Maximus is unique in that it uses tiny 48×48 OLED screens in every key which can then be customized to your desire even with small animations.

The first batch of 200 keyboards is expected to ship at the beginning of next month. Most definitely a gadget that will make it to every enthusiast’s dream PC list.

Written by Julio Franco

November 13th, 2007 at 4:09 am

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  1. If I spent that much money on a keyboard I would be scared of typing on it and scuffing the keys. Still cool though… but not at $1500+.

    Matthew

    23 Nov 07 at 9:11 am

  2. It looks kind of nice (although I thought they went with monochrome on most of the keys). But if you touch type why do you ever look at the keyboard? you shouldn’t have to! Even the function keys – you might look in your peripheral vision where the key is but you don’t want to read the key. I have about 15 additional keys at the top of my keyboard. I think I’ve used 1 of them (the calculator) maybe twice.

    Vincent

    2 Dec 07 at 11:22 pm

  3. Yea, I totally agree with previos “speaker”.
    It might look Cool, but I myself can’t imagine any really good use for it, especially not that can motivate the cost.
    Even if the price comes down with “volume” ((however that would happen)) who REALLY needs a keyboard that can change “face” fast and flexibly like this.
    As “Vincent” commented most “frequent users” hardly ever look at their keyboards, so it must be for “unfrequent users” and who in this group is ready to pay this kind of money for a keyboard ((however much they “plumet” in price, they will allways be verry expencive compared to at “normal keyboard”))

    For a cheaper option use “Stickers”, they can even give tactile fedback at no extra cost ;)

    M.R.

    7 Dec 07 at 11:54 am

  4. Its not about needs – its a cool idea that they ran with and now its out there. Sure its expensive – but years ago someone had the idea that a machine could add up rather than using a pen and paper and they built a computer. It was expensive at first too :)

    Tezz

    8 Jan 08 at 7:32 pm



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