Optimus keyboard in the news

From: Don Osborn (dzo@bisharat.net)
Date: Fri Apr 27 2007 - 21:31:36 CST

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    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 improbable.
    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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