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The Optimus keyboard is a device that has drawn interest from a lot of PC enthusiasts - get ready for another kooky device

If you're in the market for a keyboard that costs $100, we have the one for you!  Along with the flashy Optimus OLED keyboard that's under development, the same company is going to offer a $100 keyboard that only has three keys.  The device features a 6-bit 96x96 pixel OLED display on each key, capable of displaying approximately 5 frames per second. 

Optimus's Configurator will automatically recognize what application is being operated and upload an image and basic functions for the current program on the keyboard.   Optimus also promises that programmers will be able to fully configure the device via the configurator. 

This sleek and costly keyboard with only three keys will be released on May 15.  After April 2 of this year, the price on the keyboard will increase in cost.  If you're interested, pre-orders will begin later this week.  You can view more of the device on the official Optimus website

There is still no word yet on the price or exact date of the much famed full scale Optimus keyboard -- other than a small graphic that states the product is coming at the end of 2006.

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By wajo on 2/1/2006 1:38:44 AM , Rating: 5
well.... seems enough for basic windows functionality..

Ctrl + Alt + Del...

RE: mmm
By Clauzii on 2/5/2006 2:17:55 PM , Rating: 2
Boom! :)

10 Possible Applications....
By The Cheeba on 2/1/2006 2:08:11 AM , Rating: 5
1.) Windows: Control, Alt, Delete
2.) World of Warcraft: Forward, Backward, Smash guy with axe
3.) OS X: Apple Key, Enter, but then the third key is disabled
4.) ATOT: Neff, WWYBYWB, Woot
5.) UT2K4: Primary Fire, Alternative Fire, Taunt
6.) IE6: Open New Window, Close New Window, Download Firefox
7.) Google: Search, I'm feeling lucky, Donate your firstborn child as patronage
8.) Civiliation 4: Nuke Nepal, Nuke Toronto, Nuke Sydney
9.) XBOX 360: On, Off, Extinguish
10.) MSN Messenger: rofl, LOL, zomg

RE: 10 Possible Applications....
By Clauzii on 2/5/2006 2:18:08 PM , Rating: 2
Big BadaBoooom! :)

By DigitalFreak on 2/1/2006 8:08:24 AM , Rating: 2
$100 for this thing? ROFLMAO!

RE: $100?
By The Cheeba on 2/1/2006 8:14:53 AM , Rating: 3
Sorry, please see above post. Your choices are:
Woot, WWYBYWB, or Neff.

Please try again.


By ted61 on 2/1/2006 1:24:40 AM , Rating: 2
When are you going to do a review on one of these gadgets. It looks like one them there Apple gismo's that I can never figure out how to use.

It looks like a neat gadget but I wonder how it will replace my "wasd" keys for gaming. I stll get frustrated from the lack of full function "enter" and "tab" keys on this site.

Three keys! I bet my wife would love it.

RE: Review
By SNM on 2/1/2006 1:52:37 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I could see a full-size one being useful. The game can replace 'W' with an up arrow, etc.
Not so useful for a standard config like that, perhaps, but perfectly awesome for flight simulators and other high-learning-curve games.

So 102-keys is going to cost us....??
By ninjit on 2/1/2006 4:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
If this 3 key thingy costs $100, and is going to INCREASE in price, how much is the full size keyboard going to run for???

By The Cheeba on 2/1/2006 9:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
3 Keys for $100, so a 104 button keyboard would contain about 35 times more keys. So yeah, like $3500. :)


5000 hours lifetime
By AnnihilatorX on 2/1/2006 5:59:26 AM , Rating: 2
5000 hours is quite a low service life for even OLED. I guess it is using first generation blue OLED pixels. Even with "screensaver" I wonder how good 5000 hours is.

This could be great...
By clubok on 2/1/2006 10:48:04 PM , Rating: 2
I type with a Dvorak layout. My wife (who is missing several fingers) types with a custom layout we designed, in which all the letters are accessible by the right hand and the left thumb. We have lots of fun when we try to use each other's computer.

If the full-sized version could automatically change the key labels when you change the keyboard layout, it would be a godsend. Not only would it make it easier for us to share the same keyboard, but we could also tell which layout it is set to without typing a few keys.

Of course, there's also the whole aspect of programming keys for games.

If only the price were reasonable...

By Visual on 2/5/2006 6:44:50 AM , Rating: 2
$100 could be reasonable for the full keyboard, not this rediculous thing. especially if they make it wireless.

i imagine 3 buttons could be enough for something completely menu-driven, with two next/previous buttons and a confirm button. and you'd not even need a screen with it. thats a very limited market though.

maybe if they added a trackball to it, it could be used to replace a 3-button mouse...

By Clauzii on 2/5/2006 2:17:39 PM , Rating: 2
This device is Sooo brilliant (Expensive for now): Just slam it with Your whole hand and accomplish every thrre-key stroke in one go - Absolutely brilliant!

And for me being a musician, having Play, Stop, Record placed where I want is Also Absolutely brilliant - wish it was fullsized already. Even if it would be like 500$ it would be brilliant and worth every cent..!

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