The Russian developers of the Optimus keyboard noted that the Art.Lebedev Studio will begin accepting pre-orders for the Optimus keyboard in December 2006 while the estimated ship date is sometime after next spring. The keyboard’s designer, Artemy Lebedev, has continually delayed the keyboard for a number of different reasons since its official announcement last January. The interesting looking keyboard immediately garnered attention from users because of the keyboard’s ability to allow users to customize every key for a number of different purposes.
The Optimus keyboard and Optimus mini three are both innovative keyboard concepts that have faced long delays that have left possible consumers frustrated. DailyTech posted an article in May that noted that there was no expected launch date for the full-size Optimus OLED keyboard – it looks like the outlook hasn’t gotten any better. However, Lebedev has since dropped the OLED component from the keyboard, instead opting for backlit LCD keys.
While not being able to deliver with the Optimus keyboard, Artemy Lebedev has posted a blog about the Upravlator, the company’s “new keyboard.” With the company’s track record with its previous products, we’re not holding our breath.
quote: Optimus-113 Pricing I know that many people are trying to guess or calculate the price for the upcoming Optimus-113 ('big') keyboard. Some went as far as dividing the 160 US$ price tag for the mini three by three and multiplying it by at least 100 to get the fugure. Well, they're wrong. Mini keyboard actually uses very large keys about the area of four keys of a standard keyboard. Optimus-113 will use smaller screens with a resolution of a standard icon on a desktop - 32x32 pixels. The price for the shipping unit remains withing range of a good mobile phone (but not $20,000 or $5,000 as some people may think after shopping for another Vertu). And we had to make one very important decision during the engineering: we will not use OLED screens for the Optimus-113 . Another important thing: all keys will be replaceable.