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Optimus keyboards approach vaporware status

Although the Optimus OLED keyboard and Optimus mini three are interesting keyboard concepts, both products keep getting delayed.  The Optimus keyboard has a "Don't expect until late 2006" status on the Art Lebedev Studio web site.  The mini three keyboard that was supposed to be released on May 15 will not be shipped until at least August 15, 2006.  The mini three costs $121 and will feature a 6-bit, 96x96 pixel OLED display on each key, which is capable of displaying 5 frames per second.

The price and ship date of the full-size Optimus OLED keyboard is unknown.  The studio had previously announced a full 104 key OLED keyboard back in January, but has since made several promises and defaulted on the actual ship date.  The studio later announced that a keyboard would be available in Feburary 1st, 2006, but when February 1st finally rolled around, the studio instead announced the three-key mini-keyboard that was once again delayed today. 

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By Great Googly Moogly on 5/19/2006 6:20:20 PM , Rating: 1
Who the hell is going to buy a $120 3-key keypad? I don't even see what it's for. Oh you can change the pretty pictures! Ridiculous and useless.

RE: Meh
By PrinceGaz on 5/19/2006 7:28:25 PM , Rating: 2
Excuse me, but are you saying you wouldn't pay $120 for a three-button keyboard which could have a different image displayed on each button?

RE: Meh
By stephenbrooks on 5/19/2006 8:37:30 PM , Rating: 4
It's for programming in binary: "0" "1" and "Enter"

RE: Meh
By lealwai on 5/20/2006 12:05:43 AM , Rating: 2
and of course that requires an animated picture for each of those.

RE: Meh
By Mr Perfect on 5/20/2006 8:05:17 PM , Rating: 2
Well the 1s and 0s obviosly have to be an animated Matrix style "rainfall". Anyone who programs in binary woudl know that. ;)

RE: Meh
By Tiak on 5/20/2006 6:27:09 PM , Rating: 2
People pay $100 right now for a logitech keyboard with a black and white LCD screen... (before you say with this one you're paying for the programmable macro keys, I have 8 of those with a $15 wirless mouse/keyboard combo....

Who would pay $100 for a mouse?

People still pay $50 for the Mighty Mouse, which pretty much eliminates the gaming market, since on Macs it isn't that big... People like shiny new I/O devices, that's just the way things work I guess.

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