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Gadgets: Optimus Keyboards August 19, 2009

Posted by baldricman in News, Tech.
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I got sent a link to this page earlier this week (thanks Tim 🙂 ) which showcases some funky designs of various items ranging from mugs, to hoodies, and to keyboards. Most of the product can be purchased from the site, but some are still in concept stages, which makes for some very interesting browsing.

Anyway, to get to the meat of it, there are 2 keyboards which are just full of awesomeness. The first is called the Optimus Maximus (I think because it has a butt-load of optimal awesomeness). The trick? Each key on this baby has a standalone OLED screen, to display the function associated to it. Yes, you read correctly. The keys are completely customisable using the bundled software, which allows complete flexibility in what applications you use the keyboard for, and indeed in which languages. You can purchase this one for around $1600 or so…


The second keyboard, which is even cooler I think, is called the Optimus Tactus (I think because there is no tactful way to tell your friends you have one, without them beating you senseless to get their greasy little fingers on it…). This keyboard is still in the concept phase, but the idea is to remove the restriction of fixed, physical keys. It is a “one sensor display keyboard”. (I’m thinking a big-ass iPhone-style screen, without all the irritating phone functions). To quote:

Optimus Tactus does not have physical keys, which means there are no restrictions on their shape and size.

Any part of the keyboard surface can be programmed to perform any function or to display any images.


So, who wants one? Go check our the Art Lebedev Studio site for some more awesome stuff. And be sure to check out the other Optimus keyboards while you’re in the neighbourhood.


1. robertbravery - August 19, 2009

Way cool. I want one too. But the question I have to ask, Can I afford it?

baldricman - August 19, 2009

well you know the old saying:
“If you have to ask how much it is, you can’t afford it…”

2. Deems - August 19, 2009

Seriously cool mate – I want one of those two – I like the concept keyboard – endless applications and multi-lingual layout capable too 🙂

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