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Customizable OLED keys are the highlight of this new Russian keyboard.

There Art Lebedev Studio website has been updated with additional information on the Optimus OLED keyboard. Each key is customizeable meaning you can use one keyboard for multiple languages and even tailor the layout to specific applications or games if you are so inclined. According to the website, the keyboard is due to go on sale February 1st. Considering that each key has its own OLED display, I don't even want to know how much this keyboard will cost. 

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cool, but,
By mindless1 on 1/9/2006 9:20:18 AM , Rating: 2
While this is pretty cool, I'd much rather a completely customizable keyboard built onto one large, continuous touch-screen panel. Imagine if you could just put your hand on a scanner to create a handprint profile, then generate a custom-sized layout for typing or gaming or whatever.

By andrewln on 1/9/2006 11:03:15 AM , Rating: 2
it says on the site

it will cost less than a "good" phone

RE: price
By Googer on 1/9/2006 2:26:03 PM , Rating: 2
A while back it was rumored to cost around $200-220. But OLED is a whole lot cheaper to produce compaired to LCD; So I am glad it is OLED.

Star Trek flat-touch displays
By Jackyl on 1/9/2006 11:55:41 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah like in Star Trek Next Generation. All displays you touch are flat. I actually had a Microwave in the 80's that had a hard surface touch screen. It would only work if you touched it with your fingers. If you held something in your hand, like a pencil, and touch the buttons, it wouldn't work.

RE: cool, but,
By BladeVenom on 1/9/2006 3:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
Flat panels would suck to type on, no tactile feedback.

RE: cool, but,
By daniel1113 on 1/9/2006 4:51:27 PM , Rating: 2
That's what I thought, until I got my Touchstream keyboard/mouse. It took a month to get used to not having any tactile feedback, but it's been smooth sailing ever since.

grammatical error
By theslug on 1/9/2006 2:00:18 AM , Rating: 1
"Considering that each key has it's own OLED display"

Doesn't anyone proofread these things?

RE: grammatical error
By BillyBatson on 1/9/2006 2:49:42 AM , Rating: 2
there isn't an error, "it's" is short of "it is"... "Considering that each key has its own OLED display" makes perfect sense while "Considering that each key has it is own OLED display" does not, so someone DID proofread..

i really can't wait for these types of keybaords! From lighted keys that you can see and read in the dark, to being able to customize the keyboard for ANY application such as IM's, IE, Word, First Persion Shooters, and especially MMPORGS such as WoW!!!!!! I can just see it now as soon as i load WoW the keys display the keys used for that specific character down to a picture of the actual attack and then when you change characters the keys change with it from picture to layout. I would like to know how much it costs though.

RE: grammatical error
By theslug on 1/9/2006 9:05:59 AM , Rating: 2
Billy, when I posted that the article did indeed say it's. It looks like they corrected it.

RE: grammatical error
By BillyBatson on 1/10/2006 5:27:10 AM , Rating: 2
OHHHHH so you quoted it exactly how it was... i assumed you corrected it to what it should have been. My apologies.

RE: grammatical error
By RandomFool on 1/13/2006 4:30:00 PM , Rating: 2
You sure get upset about little errors don't you?

By Clauzii on 1/9/2006 9:06:16 PM , Rating: 2
I see this as the most fat thing since keybords...Period!

(Allthough I have an old DK-magazine called "Ny Elektronik" from around 1984 showing a PC keyboard with LC Displays in the keys ;) )

RE: Ahhhh!
By lexmark on 1/10/2006 3:05:08 PM , Rating: 2
pics? ;)

RE: Ahhhh!
By Clauzii on 1/10/2006 10:48:59 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, when I find that god damn mag....!

All very nice but..
By ronster on 1/9/2006 2:57:11 AM , Rating: 2
In terms of using these keyboards for FPS titles, if you have to look down to see which key you're pressing then chances are you're already dead. As for more serious applications, it doesn't take all that long to learn shortcut keys.

One of those ideas that sounds great in principle. However, given what these things are likely to cost then its just not worth the mither.

By AndreasM on 1/9/2006 5:13:53 AM , Rating: 2
That's what their page says, so hopefully something under 300 €/$?

Other applications...
By MScrip on 1/9/2006 6:38:53 PM , Rating: 2
I'd like to see OLED keys on a device like the X-Keys.

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