Optimus Maximus Keyboard Pictures Unveiled
March 15, 2007 12:39 PM
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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...
3/15/2007 7:13:01 PM
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.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997
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