Optimus-103 Keyboard Update: Pre-Order Date, Price Teaser

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Over the weekend when we were drinking away the week-that-was, the Art.Lebedev guys announced December 12 as the official pre-order date for the Optimus-103 keyboard. With a pre-order date this soon, it seems they may beat the originally speculated Spring 2007 release date. Also, in an interview with Slashdot, the crazy Art.Lebedev guys said that the Optimus keyboard will cost "less than a good mobile phone." So, 400-ish?

Optimus Project [Livejournal]

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psalmplasma

Ok, so there is something nice in the intention of the idea behind the concept.

But this baby is fat. Check out the mockup they're showing somewhere on the blog. And it's heavy. And i doubt it's really durable. And i'm not even beginning to think how much fuss would mean, trying to replace one of'em glowy shiny keys. Okay, oleds are not that expensive nowadays, but those are custom.

Plus (or rather minus) - i don't quite see this thing going wireless pretty soon.

All'n'all, an admirable exercise, but that's not really good design. Flashy? Maybe.

Good luck to Lebedev in his endeavours, and i truly hope that one day someone will find a way to do this properly.