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Best. Keyboard. Evar.


This has got to be the most amazing piece of technology I’ve ever laid eyes on. Called the Optimus, it’s a keyboard where each key has an embedded OLED screen on it. That makes it entirely configurable. Entirely, completely configurable.

It takes some time to sink in. So think about it. Say you want to play Quake… Simply load the configuration for that game, and instead of pressing on “A, S, W, and D”, you’ll be pressing more intuitive arrows. Instead of pressing “1” for “punch”, “2” for “rockets” or whatever, you can have a clear icon instead.

Or better yet. Say you’d rather be typing, eh, Arabic letters instead of English. Simply switch to Arabic. Or Japanese. Or whatever.

Eh… you get the drift. Better yet, go inside for pictures of what I’m talking about. It makes me almost angry that the website is in Russian, that I don’t know how to get one and that I don’t know how much it is. Yet it makes me happy to know that, no matter what, we will march over the Atlantic as one, and go to the reaches of the Earth to bring this keyboard to America.


Quake setup

Photoshop Setup

The website is here. Story VIA Gearlive.







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  • KOT

    I’m Russian and I had checked the website for you. It is a design concept not an actual product. They want to patent it in Russia, this is it. Very short story.

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  • RichiH

    perhaps you would like to look at this page instead πŸ˜‰ http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus/

  • Tekjock

    My question is, will the display on the key change when the Shift, Ctrl or the Alt key is hit. THAT would make this the ultimate keyboard.

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  • http://www.epicempire.com/index.html Epic Empire

    Oh! my god..this thing is the ultimate keyboard i would give my two girlfriends away to get my greedy hands on this russians keyboard
    Wow that dirty

    http://www.epicempire.com/index.html

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    OLHA SO QUE MANEIRO ESSE TECLADO

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  • Felix

    By the way, it can be found in English at
    http://www.artlebedev.com/portfolio/optimus
    According to the website, it will be released in 2006 and cost less than a good mobile phone. Good stuff. I want one.

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  • Jeff Oliphant

    What about the action??

    Yes the display is an awesome idea, but what about the key action? We need something better than the mushy non-tactile keyboards we currently have (ie. logitech, microsoft, etc.)
    A keyboard like this warrants a better action with a definite tactile feedback “click” or even a silent “thump” to let you know for sure the key has activated vs the slurpy mush we currently have. Any comments on this keyboards action?

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    Nice, very usefull in games…

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  • JapaneseDude

    Konichiwa,

    This keyboard seems interesting. Does anyone know of any keyboards like this but with “Buckling Spring” technology. Those are the most comfortable for my hands. πŸ™‚ Thanks / sorry my english very bad

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    I want one, are they made yet?

  • Scotty

    The current Version looks like CRAP compaired to the early design concepts. I wouldn’t pat $49 for one the way it’s turning out!

  • kosmo

    This is not only perfect for gamers. Imagine how many different keyboard layouts you can emulate with such technology. You do not need to make english/german/french/polish separately!

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  • Joe

    This kind of saddens me. I came up with this idea in 1992. πŸ™ Wish I had the $$$ to take out a us patent.

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