Good grief, is this an actual, real-life, not-a-render photo of Optimus' Maximus "each key an OLED" keyboard? Pieced together to show the difference between the tinted clear key-caps (e.g. the non-single-sized keys in this photo) and the untinted keys (all the single keys), it has the honour of being the first ever working prototype we've seen.
It's a roller-coaster world, the crazy keyboard business. Who would've thought it could be so topsy-turvy; thank sweet Nancy Reagan for Art Lebedev and his Optimus project, as close to a soap opera in tech-land as you can get. It turns out that, after a modicum of positive press at the news that they'd finally decided on an OLED supplier, key layout and rough delivery timetable, now their supplier "has some serious financial troubles" and they're back to searching the back streets and alleyways for an alternative.
Still, you get nowhere in this world without being gung-ho, and so they're carrying on making the keyboard chassis while a crack team of OLED-scouts trawls for fresh supplies. Estimated delivery has, inevitably, fallen to December, though I wouldn't organise your life around that if I were you.
Oh, for crap's sake! Optimus, you disappoint me. After promising - yes, promising - to have a working OLED keyboard prototype at CeBIT, Optimus are practising their back-peddling and saying that it's not ready yet. What they have been able to bring along is a new price - up from $1,200 to $1,490 - and news of how exactly they're going to make those keys replaceable. Apparently rather than the OLED display moving, it's the transparent key-cap on top of it that somehow slides around; that's how they'll be able to sell you replacements for a mere $10 each.
They've changed the name, too, and have obviously been reading The Big Book of Distract the Consumer; it'll no longer be called the 103, but instead the Optimus Maximus. Seems inevitable that such a title will only draw attention to the maximus-pricimus.
Edit: More official photos after the cut... including the return of the left-side key panel!
Over the course of the last few months, it's become pretty relevant that Microsoft makes cool concepts, but that tends to be as far as it goes. It happened with the Courier, and now it's happening with this amazing looking Adaptive Keyboard. It was shown off at this year's UIST Student Innovation Contest, and it has us wishing more and more that every concept became a reality.
We're at the tail-end of the week, and we're not going to lie: we can feel it. All the way to our bones. If you're getting paid this Friday, hopefully you've already decided on something to buy yourself -- gotta spend that earned money, right? Or, maybe you've already waited in line for the thing you wanted to get yourself? That's probably the case. But, moving away from the Apple-phone for a short time, let's take a look at The Best of R3 Media. First up, we've got a software update for the EVO 4G coming soon, an updated keyboard that we want, and some wireless syncing for BlackBerrys. And then, in the Dredge 'Net, Hulu's still being passed around, RIM does pretty well for itself, and head to a Microsoft Store to play some Kinect.
In most geek circles the Art. Lebedev Studio is still mostly known for its cool Optimus Maximus keyboard with the OLED key tops. The design studio appears to have a fascination with ancient Rome since most of its product names sound like gladiators to me. Such is the case with the latest concept from the company called the Segmentus, which sounds like something a gladiator slave would be tortured with if they failed to honor the ludus where they train.
Renowned for innovative and out-of-this-world design behind products in the vein of the Optimus Maximus OLED-based keyboard, design house Art Lebedev Studio has come up with a new road safety concept dubbed the Transparentius. How does it work? It’s implemented by essentially delivering and projecting images from a video signal taken from the camera system in the front of a truck to the back door panels.
Android concept phones were ten-a-penny back when we though Google themselves would be producing the hardware, but they've dwindled since HTC started pumping out devices. Happily that hasn't stopped designer Tryi Yeh, whose Google-G0 concept is one of the better we've seen.
As concepts go, here's one I'm surprised we haven't seen before. Take a BlackBerry 7130 and give it Optimus Maximus OLED keys, which can double as shortcuts and page controls together with SureType text entry keys. These renders are the handiwork of designer and editor Billy May, who has been working with Mozilla Labs on developing "a conceptual 'Mozilla Phone'".
While it might not share the eye-catching splendor of the Optimus Maximus, UnitedKeys OLED Keyboard does at least avoid its full-color rival's jaw-dropping price tag. OLED-Info have been test-driving the UnitedKeys offering, and while it's still early days - the accompanying software seems to be chief culprit for poor usability here, and there's a marked absence of pre-created icons - they're still positive about it.