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Russian studio behind Optimus OLED keyboard unveils name, photos of much delayed keyboard

The Art.Lebedev Studio, the company responsible for the vaporous Optimus keyboard, unveiled press shots of the Optimus Maximus, the newly re-named $1,490 keyboard featuring OLED keys. 

The Maximus will have 114 keys, some of them featuring 32x32 pixel full-color OLED displays that are replaceable and customizable by users.  Production of the keyboards began on February 7, 2007, the company announced.

The company is not showing the keyboard during CeBIT in Germany, even though it appeared that a working unit would be presented during the event.  Furthermore, the release date of the pricey keyboard will be pushed back until this December.  Interested customers were able to start placing pre-orders for the keyboard last December, with an expected launch date sometime spring 2007.

Artemy Lebedev, the lead designer of the Maximus, first announced the keyboard in January of 2006, receiving large amounts of press coverage due to the concepts behind the keyboard.

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Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By osalcido on 3/15/2007 5:28:41 PM , Rating: 5
because 1400 Monopoly Dollars is totally worth it

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By das mod on 3/15/2007 5:58:42 PM , Rating: 1
LOL ...
funny thing is ...
only the F keys appear to be OLED ....
....1400 ?? only if they accept my sister's food stamps ...

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By GaryJohnson on 3/15/2007 6:21:07 PM , Rating: 2
Every key of the Optimus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing exactly what it is controlling at this very moment.

Better Pictures:

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By GaryJohnson on 3/15/2007 6:24:01 PM , Rating: 2
Err, that's not the same keyboard, my apologies.

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By NainoKami on 3/16/2007 3:22:07 AM , Rating: 2
By GaryJohnson on 3/18/2007 2:13:57 PM , Rating: 2
The link I posted up is the Optimus, the article is about the Optimus Maximus (formerly Optimus-103?).

They have different key layouts.

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By TheBaker on 3/18/2007 1:21:34 AM , Rating: 2
OK, after seeing those pics, I will say that, while not worth as much as they are asking, that is one smokin' keyboard. When the price of OLED's comes down, this is how all keyboards will be made.

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By dice1111 on 3/16/2007 8:10:37 AM , Rating: 2
I'll just trade them Boardwalk and Park place for it. Maybe thow in a "get out of jail free" card...

RE: Do they mean Monopoly Money?
By masher2 on 3/16/2007 11:56:15 AM , Rating: 3
$1500 is a bit steep, but I'd easily pay $500 for such a keyboard. Hopefully someone else will step in in a couple years and offer one.

By darksilicon on 3/16/2007 8:12:06 PM , Rating: 2
This is where we need Meizu to come in...

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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