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AlexJ
10th June 2007, 10:19
Some of you may remember a few years back, there was talk of a keyboard where each key would be a miniature display which would change depending on what application you were using (e.g. letters for regular usage, game specific controls, keyboard shortcuts for image editing apps)

http://www.tuaw.com/images/2005/07/keyb_002.jpg

Looks like they've finally put it into production (http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/128546). I think I might wait for the price to drop a little though...

v85rawdeal
10th June 2007, 12:32
Whats even better is that it costs more on its own that almost all the other keyboards on the site, added together!!!

Now that's what I call 'Value For Money' *sarcastic tone*

Agram
10th June 2007, 17:04
I'm having difficulty justifying the price of a Raptor K1 (http://www.raptor-gaming.com/raptor/raptorUK/Produkte/k1.htm), so don't think I'll be getting a Optimus OLED keyboard.

v85rawdeal
10th June 2007, 18:27
Heh! I had to justify myself spending 5.00 on a replacement keyboard when there was nothing wrong with the one I had...

I think it had something to do with the fact I was bored...

Submeg
10th June 2007, 22:55
lol, you could have given the money to me...:dry:

AlexJ
10th June 2007, 23:58
http://img232.imageshack.us/img232/4012/ebuyervj2.png

Not sure how anyone can come to that conclusion

Submeg
11th June 2007, 02:22
Lol, could I please buy a computer first?lol

Harrison
11th June 2007, 11:42
I've been waiting to see a finished version of this OLED keyboard ever seen I saw a prototype running a couple of years back at a video editing expo in London I attended. But at this price I cannot see many people being able to justify the purchase. For 850 you could easily build a very hi spec complete computer system!

Demon Cleaner
11th June 2007, 14:31
I'm used to the normal keyboards so long, I would never change, and surely not for those features.

Harrison
11th June 2007, 16:26
The one application I can see it being useful for is high end video editing where keyboards are mapped for specific tasks. A good example is Avid based editing where most tasks are keyboard intensive with most commands only being accessible via the keyboard and not via on screen menus.

Some other design applications such as Photoshop would be useful with this keyboard too as you could map the keyboard keys to their functions, but not at this price.

Submeg
12th June 2007, 03:08
I think its a good idea, and as Harrison said, video editing would have a lot of tools and it would be so easy to reprogram your keyboard so every tool was a Hotkey away.

J T
13th June 2007, 14:25
Shame the actual LED displays aren't as large (and nice resolution) as they were indicated in the concept pictures.

Still, 800 quid for a keyboard? Even for professional use (and they could just get a custom keyboard or touchscreen for the few packages they use over and over again for cheaper -per unit-, surely) it's crazy.

cool, though, in the way that it's nice and all that but nobody other than one with cash to burn would ever buy one.