From: Debbie Garside (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 03 2007 - 04:51:25 CST
IMHO the Optimus keyboard is way too over priced and because it uses
individual LCDs for each key it will remain over priced.
I agree with you that the potential for this is enormous. The need is there
but there are better/cheaper ways of doing this.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Don Osborn
> Sent: 28 April 2007 04:32
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
> Subject: Optimus keyboard in the news
> The "Optimus Maximus" keyboard that has been in the works
> since mid-2005(?) is apparently going to be a reality later
> this year (orders being accepted beginning May 20; first
> deliveries in Nov.) for a price - over US$1500.
> For those not following the story, the Art Lebedev Studio in
> Moscow has been working on this project for a keyboard with
> LED keys that change to indicate the active keyboard layout.
> Eventually the price will come down - personally I would hope
> enough so that this could become standard. The potential for
> minority languages that use extended Latin or non-Latin
> writing systems, and for computing generally where more than
> one language is used, could be great. On the other hand, not
> sure how easily such a keyboard could be worked into
> laptops/notebooks where one would think the nature of the
> keys would add to weight and bulk. And of course something
> like this on increasingly popular mobile devices - where the
> keys are already almost too small to type with - would seem
> However one can hope that the technical and production-cost
> issues can be resolved to make this technology more widely available.
> Don Osborn
> PanAfrican Localisation project
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