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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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RE: price
By PrinceGaz on 5/19/2006 7:37:28 PM , Rating: 2
I imagine each standard-size key has a 32x32 colour display, maybe 48x48 at most. This is always going to be an expensive luxury. Having a customised keyboard is no doubt very nice, but paying several hundred dollars for it, and there being serious questions over it's long-term durability (once you start hitting those keys) makes it a foolish purchase at present.


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