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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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wouldn't buy one until...
By Chernobyl68 on 3/15/2007 6:03:33 PM , Rating: 2
let me know when they've got an ergonomic version of it...

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By PrezWeezy on 3/15/2007 6:19:46 PM , Rating: 2
Come on guys, all you have to do is find a PS3 somewhere and then it's only $300. Seems like a reasonable price to me. But I'm with you Chernobyl, it's not work a penny to me if it's not ergonomic.

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By DOSGuy on 3/16/2007 12:08:31 AM , Rating: 2
The offer was that if you could find a PS3, he would pay you $1200 for it, so I think the $1200 is gross, not net. Once you've bought the PS3 for $600 + tax, you should have a $550 profit. Now all you need to do is find a PS3 and $950 and you can have an OLED keyboard. I'm still not interested.

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By Belard on 3/16/2007 12:25:18 AM , Rating: 2
I was in Fry's a few hours ago... There were 6 PS3 standard boxes in the middle of the isle... ready to go.

I should get 2 OLED keyboards... ;)

On the serious side.

Once OLED tech is cheaper in general and production ramps up (the original price was $1000) - the OLED keyboard should become cheaper. I think once the price is well under $500 (like $200) they'll sell a ton of them.

Hopefully they could put some molded plastic/glass on top so that it has the CURVE of desktop keyboards. Many notebooks are almost flat - some are completly. While the FLATNESS looks better - they're not great.

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By DOSGuy on 3/16/2007 2:21:31 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. I was thinking about the problem of QWERTY, Dvorak, and international keyboards many years ago and came up with the idea of an "LCD Keyboard", which I attempted to patent in 2001. When I searched the USPTO database, I saw that someone had already beaten me to it. 6 years later, there may finally be a product based on that idea. If I could afford one, I would certainly love to have this keyboard. I missed out on the money, but at least I can feel some pride in having had an idea that was 6 years ahead of its time. In the world of technology, that's not easy to do.

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By kitchme on 3/15/2007 7:23:55 PM , Rating: 3
You'd pay $1500 if it was ergonomic? Right.

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By ElJefe69 on 3/16/2007 9:52:39 PM , Rating: 2
lol nice. :)

i could see 300 for this keyboard. It doesnt DO anything that is different technically. It is the best keyboard I have ever seen and if you were an international student with rich parents, this would be the keyboard to own. Of course, the dumb jock/short wearing moron in the winter white kid would nab your shit and you'd be ownd.

RE: wouldn't buy one until...
By BladeVenom on 3/16/2007 3:24:44 AM , Rating: 2
Didn't they say a long time ago that it wouldn't be more expensive than a cell phone? I know my phone didn't cost $1,490.

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