Keyboards

Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Optimus Aux renders: size, key tweaks and port changes detailed

Two Optimus posts in one day almost smacks of Maximus hype, but it's Friday and we do have some slick new renders of the recently-christened Aux.  Optimus have tweaked the design from its initial, Pultius form: gone are the odd gaps between the columns, and an extra USB port has been added to the back.  Optimus originally suggested that the USB could be used to daisy-chain multiple keypads together.

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Freestyle Solo Keyboard for Mac users

Freestyle Solo Keyboard for Mac users

I have always cared just as much about my technology accessories as I do about the tech items themselves. I'm not really sure why, but I'm highly particular about what I pair together. Which means I always like checking out even boring accessories like keyboards.

Optimus Popularis 3D prototype shot released

Optimus Popularis 3D prototype shot released

After teasing with a foam mockup, Art Lebedev Studios have released the first 3D prototype shot of the in-development Optimus Popularis keyboard.  The keyboard is shorter than the original Optimus Maximus, with the extra row of shortcut keys moved from the left of the main keys to above the function keys.  However it seems to share the same each-key-a-display setup, although the space key display is now full-length rather than the small square OLED on the Maximus.

AlphaGrip bulbous UMPC concept: more buttons than sense

AlphaGrip bulbous UMPC concept: more buttons than sense

It must be galling for all the smartphone and UMPC manufacturers who have tried so desperately to slim their products down into wafer-thin tablets, when actually what's needed is a huge, ergonomically-bulging game-controller-on-steroids.  At least, that's what designer of the AlphaGrip Handheld Computer believes; their entry for the Next-Gen PC Design competition is reminiscent of an XBox 360 controller only with masses of buttons and chording keys underneath for text entry.  There's even a flip-up touchscreen display, flanked by - you guessed it - more controls.

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