Art Lebedev Studios are slowly dripping out details on their second-generation keyboard, the Optimus Popularis, and they're certainly hitting the keywords we geeks love to hear. The keyboard - which will have displays for keys - will be thinner, faster and simpler for less money than its Maximus predecessor, though considering that costs around $1,600 "less" is a relative term.
Interestingly, this new side-profile render the company has released shows a 2010 date for the Popularis, while Art Lebedev Studios have previously tipped a 2011 release. The company expects production to begin sometime later this year - using an as-yet unspecified key-screen technology, which we only know won't be OLED - so that's likely the root of the date discrepancy.
As for pricing, back when the Popularis was first vaunted there was talk of a sub-$1,000 tag for the keyboard, which is certainly cheaper than the Maximus though not exactly affordable for a PC peripheral. We'll be keeping an eye out for new renders and details.