Art.Lebedev Pron: Live Shots of Upravlator

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We first speculated the that the Upravlator was just a bigger version of the mini-three, and it appears we are correct.

Today, some live shots appeared on the Optimus Keyboards Blog showing the actual unit, or very nicely generated images of the Upravlator keypad thing. Jump to see more pictures.

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Thanks for posting that info, Rusdude. Now that we know it's a screen underneath and that each button has five inputs there's certainly a lot more to it than I initially thought. It also shouldn't be as expensive as predicted since each button isn't a screen.

My mind's spinning with ideas of how to make this useful, but it's kind of overwhelming. But it would be easy to replace my computer's sidebar with those almost entirely, and the five inputs alone provides a massive range of options.

Just one of the, what, 12 buttons, could handle my media player, displaying current track, album art, and allowing me to pause/play (click the middle), skip forward (right), skip backward (left), and use up and down to maybe toggle shuffle, and change the display (album art/artist/track/etc.). That leaves me 11 more buttons for who knows what.

I could program a button or direction on a button to activate every single program I access most frequently and still have unusued ones.

This is pretty sweet. I just hope there's a good homebrew community around it to make it worth owning, as I haven't gotten into programming yet, myself.