Keyboards

DIY Keyboard Pants

DIY Keyboard Pants

Is that a CAPS lock across your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?  The puns may be awful, but Zack Hoeken's keyboard pants are just plain awesome.  Seemingly crafted from an existing fabric keyboard that's been split across the legs, they're both geekily fashionable and fashionably usable.

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BLAZE Wireless Controller Keypad for PS3

BLAZE Wireless Controller Keypad for PS3

BLAZE have announced their latest PS3 accessory, a Wireless Controller Keypad that promises to be a low-cost alternative to the official Sony attachment.  Clipping to the PS3 controller without obscuring any of the buttons or sticks, the BLAZE 'board has full QWERTY together with function keys.

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ASUS Eee PC 1000H DIY 1000HE chiclet keyboard upgrade

ASUS Eee PC 1000H DIY 1000HE chiclet keyboard upgrade

ASUS have been gradually transitioning to chiclet-style keyboards on their Eee PC netbooks, with the latest model to get the new style being the Eee PC 1000HA.  If you're an existing owner looking longingly at the new layout, meanwhile, and specifically have an ASUS Eee PC 1000H, you can fudge your own update with the keyboard from the Eee PC 1000HE.

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ASUS Eee PC Keyboard landing June from $400

ASUS Eee PC Keyboard landing June from $400

ASUS are planning two versions of the ASUS Eee PC Keyboard, one using wired HDMI and the other featuring Wireless HDMI, according to company chairman Jonney Shih.  The ASUS Eee PC Keyboard - which builds an Intel-powered nettop into a QWERTY keyboard, along with a 5-inch touchscreen, and is intended for multimedia use - is on target for a Q2 2009 launch, with Shih suggesting June was most likely.

Apple quietly intro compact wired keyboard

Apple quietly intro compact wired keyboard

You could be forgiven for not noticing, but Apple have introduced a new QWERTY keyboard along with its refreshed iMac range.  The new 'board resembles the wireless Apple keyboard, in that it lacks a numeric keypad, but is still wired like the old 'board.

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Gigabyte keyboards & mice bring the bland to CeBIT

Gigabyte keyboards & mice bring the bland to CeBIT

Gigabyte have released a range of new, not exactly attractive peripherals at CeBIT 2009 this week, including the bizarrely crystal-encrusted GM-M7800S wireless mouse seen here.  Obviously the one thing better than a 1,600dpi leather-clad mouse is one studded with a few Swarovski  crystals that you won't even see when using it.

 

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ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell, S121 512GB SSD & Eee Keyboard at CeBIT

ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell, S121 512GB SSD & Eee Keyboard at CeBIT

Further details on ASUS' rumored luxury netbook, the Eee PC Shell, have emerged, ahead of a predicted launch at CeBIT.  The netbook will be known as the ASUS Eee PC 1008HA Shell, with the company focusing on giving it longer battery life than the S101 it replaces.  Meanwhile the company is also believed to be bringing the Eee PC S121 to CeBIT, complete with 512GB SSD and 120GB HDD versions.

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Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard up for pre-order: $200

Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard up for pre-order: $200

The Logitech G19 LCD Gaming Keyboard has gone up for pre-order on Amazon, promising macros, switchable key backlighting and a 320 x 240 mini-display.  A panel of twelve programmable macro keys - each storing three macros - runs down the left-hand side, and there's a real-time macro recording button to quickly add keypresses. 

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Brando Mini Bluetooth Keyboard compatible with PS3

Brando Mini Bluetooth Keyboard compatible with PS3

Brando have taken the tiny wraps off of their latest Bluetooth keyboard, and it's definitely been created with portability rather than usability in mind.  Measuring just 140 x 70 x 12mm, the Mini Bluetooth Keyboard has a 15m range and uses the Bluetooth 2.0 standard, happily connecting to a laptop, smartphone (with the right Bluetooth profile) or even your PS3.

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Apple Keyboard concept with iPhone induction charging & OLED keys

Apple Keyboard concept with iPhone induction charging & OLED keys

As concepts go, here's perhaps an obvious one: take one of the slicker keyboards around - in this case Apple's waif-like offering - add some Optimus-style OLED keys and a dock for everybody's favorite cult smartphone, and settle back to reap the praise.  The work of Cosmo Scharf (I'm really hoping that's their real name), it would include induction charging for the iPhone 3G together with context-specific hot-keys.

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Finally, I can type in Klingon

Finally, I can type in Klingon

I've used an English language keyboard for years, mainly because it's the only layout I feel comfortable with.  Though it's not my preference, I've forced myself to just grit my teeth and make the best of a bad situation.  I've long desired a keyboard for a language I'm more comfortable with, and finally, that prayer has been answered.  I present to you - the Klingon keyboard.

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CES 2009: ASUS Eee Keyboard touchscreen close-up

CES 2009: ASUS Eee Keyboard touchscreen close-up

Of all the new products ASUS announced at CES today, the Eee Keyboard is one of the most interesting.  A full computer built into a QWERTY keyboard, as well as Ultrawideband HDMI and WiFi b/g/n, it also has a 5-inch touchscreen for shortcuts, media browsing and use as a virtual mouse.  While just a prototype at the moment, ASUS were cagey about its potential for market availability; SlashGear spent some more close-up time to see exactly what that touch-display can do.

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