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Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

Opimus Maximus up for sale on ThinkGeek

What's the coolest keyboard that you've seen? I wouldn't be surprised if you said the Optimus Maximus. Honestly, that's probably the coolest one I've ever seen too. It seems that ThinkGeek is pretty impressed with it as well, so impressed, that they have decided to add it to their site for purchase.

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Optimus Mini goes Bluetooth wireless

Optimus Mini goes Bluetooth wireless

After silencing critics who never believed their OLED keyboard would reach prototype stage, never mind be on sale, Art Lebedev have announced their plans for the next generation of Optimus Mini.  The original consisted of three keys, each with OLED displays; this version three will have one sensor divided into three zones, and will connect to a computer wirelessly via Bluetooth.

"We're starting to work on a completely new design of Optimus mini. Main direction: to have something like 'mini Tactus'. One small sensor display divided into three (maybe more) zones.  On the top of our wish list is wireless capabilities (a lot of people use Optimus mini three to control Power Point presentations)" Art Lebedev blog

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First Optimus Maximus hits eBay

First Optimus Maximus hits eBay

As expected, the first Optimus Maximus hit eBay, and with an official sticker price of around $1,500 if you're looking to buy one from Art Lebedev, one can only imagine how much the seller here is expecting.  The keyboard is presumably from the first batch which quickly sold out, and is being offered with free shipping "so that you can impress your friends before you start to suffer from buyers remorse"

 

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Art Lebedev Optimus Tactus keyboard concept

Art Lebedev Optimus Tactus keyboard concept

Art Lebedev, known mostly for their oft delayed OLED keyboard, has another keyboard concept, and this one is even more genius, and might even be cheaper to produce. Sure, the OLED keys on their Optimus keyboard are cool, but imagine a keyboard you could hang on the wall because its displaying art when not in use.

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Optimus Maximus on show at Wired Store NYC

Optimus Maximus on show at Wired Store NYC

Things are racing along with the Optimus Maximus keyboard project, as the OLED-blessed 'board that Wired once included in their vaporware top-ten now features - in fully operational form, of course - at the Wired Store in NYC.  Meanwhile, the Optimus blog has been full of the final preparations for launch, documenting everything from box design and the shape of the polystyrene tray, to details of the iconography evolution. 

 

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