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Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

Art Lebedev Mini Six and Optimus Popularis launching at last

The relatively short history of the Art Lebedev line of customizable keyboards is a tragic one when you consider how much we've wanted to get our hands on every single one of these OLED screen per-key boards and their subsequent delays, but now we're really getting down to business here in 2012 with not only the Mini Three and the Aux, but the Mini Six and the long-awaited Optimus Popularis as well. The great thing about these boards of keys is that not only are they customizable in their functions, they are each of them their own OLED display*, this allowing you to show yourself whatever you like to tap. While the original Optimux Maximus has been out for some time (2007), we've been waiting for the full expansion for what seems like an eternity.

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Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Mini Six keyboards ready for pre-order

Art Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Mini Six keyboards ready for pre-order

We haven't heard much from Art Lebedev's design studio since, well, the update on the Optimus Polaris last summer. But the Russia design company know for its innovative usage of LCDs on high-end keyboards has announced today that they're taking pre-orders for both its Optimus Popularis and Optimus mini six keyboards, the former priced at 31,500P, or approximately $1086 USD, and the latter at 10,900P, or around $376 USD. That's the hefty price you pay for a sleek Art Levedev piece, indeed.

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Optimus Popularis resurrected; due 2011

Optimus Popularis resurrected; due 2011

After months of silence, Art Lebedev Studios have poked their head above the parapet to announce that they're still working on the Optimus Popularis keyboard we last saw renders of in May 2008.  Unlike the Optimus Maximus, the Popularis won't use OLED for its display-bearing keys.

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Art. Lebedev offers battery display mug for your joe

Art. Lebedev offers battery display mug for your joe

Most geeks are familiar with Art. Lebedev Studio. The company designs some cool gear and concepts from OLED keyboards to that interesting Segmentus clock I mentioned a while back. The design firm has turned its attention to a more mundane product -- a new coffee mug.

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Fleximus camera concept by Art Lebedev

Fleximus camera concept by Art Lebedev

Art Lebedev has brought out for us another novel concept, aside from the rather remarkable vision of the Transparentius.  What looks at first glance to be one of those snake reading lights is actually a bendable digital camera in the shape of a flexible body with an integrated lens that can be hooked to either a viewfinder on the end of the camera, or an attachable 3-inch LCD display unit.

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Transparentius road view system by Art Lebedev – a lifesaver concept?

Transparentius road view system by Art Lebedev – a lifesaver concept?

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.

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Optimus AUX to cost around $650; final pre-production proto on show

Optimus AUX to cost around $650; final pre-production proto on show

Art Lebedev Studios have released an image of what they're calling the "final pre-production prototype" of the Optimus AUX, which presumably means that commercial versions of the 15-key OLED 'board will look this way.  They've also, finally, given an indication of price: around $650.

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Art Lebedev Scartel WiMAX cellphone concept

Art Lebedev Scartel WiMAX cellphone concept

Art Lebedev, the design studios behind the Optimus Maximus OLED keyboard, are working with Russian carrier Scartel to develop a WiMAX cellphone.  The so-far unnamed flagship device will include WiFi, tri-band GSM and a 850 x 480 touchscreen, together with WiMAX to take advantage of the network Scartel have just launched in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

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