There is a lot to be said for a keyboard that is optimized with keys and special buttons for the specific app you are using. There are a few custom keyboards out there but most of us don’t want to have to swap an entire keyboard for a task. For a long time people have wanted a single keyboard with keys that can be customized to suit their needs.
A new E Ink keyboard has surfaced that has actual keys rather than a smooth touchscreen surface. The keyboard is called the Jaasta E Ink Keyboard and since it has keys, it will have tactile feel that a touchscreen keyboard simply can’t offer.
The company plans to raise money for the keyboard via a crowd funding program soon. That will likely mean it turns up on Indiegogo or Kickstarter. It’s worth noting that having the keyboard turn up on a crowd funding site doesn’t mean that it will actually come to market. Many of the projects that turn up on Kickstarter and elsewhere never see reality.
The keyboard won’t exactly be cheap either cost is definitely a factor when buying computer peripherals. The manufacture thinks it will sell for about $300 once it is in production. That is a lot of money for a keyboard. Each of the keys is a little E Ink screen underneath a plastic top and the keyboard layout can change between layouts or be customized for specific programs at the touch of a button.