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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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RE: I don't get it...
By oab on 3/15/2007 7:02:00 PM , Rating: 2
Because, the keys change their display based no the application that you are using.

I.E. If you fire up photoshop, the keyboard will not have the alphabet layout, but instead will be displaying all the shortcut keys for photoshop.

RE: I don't get it...
By isaacmacdonald on 3/15/2007 7:13:01 PM , Rating: 3
I'm not sure who the target market would be. Anyone who needs to use keyboard shortcuts (generally "power users" that do more than just fool around) has probably already memorized them.

Photoshop is a great example of a program where shortcuts save massive amounts of time. I use it all the time at work and can tell you it took maybe a week for me to have them down pat. Looking down at the keyboard to figure out what the shortcuts are would be useful to people just learning them, but after a short time the feature would be superfluous. The only people I can imagine getting a decent amount of utility from this would be tech schools.

RE: I don't get it...
By akyp on 3/15/2007 9:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah but don't you have to type in text sometimes in Photoshop? If you click on the text tool and the alphabet layout would appear again, that'd be neat, but I can't see that happening without support from Adobe.

RE: I don't get it...
By darksilicon on 3/16/2007 8:19:10 PM , Rating: 2
I am assuming that there will be trigger key for you to press to instantly change keyboard layouts. If that's true, when you click the text tool, then click the trigger key, and then start typing, it wouldn't be so bad.

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