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OLED Keyboard Update, A Chat with the Creator

Most of us, internet geeks, creamed our pants yesterday at the news of a revolutionary, fully reconfigurable keyboard with embedded OLED screens on each key. And all we did was say: “Great! Awesome! I want one! Wonderful, I gotta go cleanup, now!”

Instead, the guys at Primotechnology did something useful and got in touch with Artemy Lebedv, the creator of this new object of lust for a quick online interview.

Go here for a full transcript. There’s isn’t a whole lot, but enough to let you know if this will ever see the light of day, and how, and how much and such…

Okay, okay. I’ll just tell you.

Out in about a year. Cost at least $200, maybe even $300. Not OS specific. The case will be aluminum. USB 2.0, maybe Firewire.

Story VIA Primotech.







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7 responses to “OLED Keyboard Update, A Chat with the Creator”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I B Reddy

  2. rojaro says:

    I dont care if it is 300 buckaroos … i’ll buy two!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Seriously one of the coolest things I think I have ever seen. As a serious gamer/photoshop/illustrator user I would run out and get one almost immediately. Can not wait for it…

  4. I have written about a similar idea in my blog. I was thinking of having the whole keyboard be a touch-screen LCD. This way even the keys/buttons are reconfigurable (number, location, size of keys)
    See:
    http://nathirrawashdeh.blogspot.com/2005/06/invent-this-reconfigurable-touch.html

    — Nathir

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