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Old 07-20-2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Optimus keyboard. Wow.

Get a load of the Optimus keyboard now in development. Wow.

Saw mention of it at MacInTouch.com today; the blurb there said that every single key is a separate, tiny display, which can change to reflect what pressing that key will do or type. Have to work in different languages? Change your language prefs and the keyboard visually changes to reflect the new language. Run Photoshop and the keys display the tool they'll call up from the tool palette!

Price is supposed to be (to quote the blurb at MacInTouch) "less than a good mobile phone." My definition of a "good mobile phone" is probably not theirs, but I'd be happy to be wrong!

Wow. Very cool.

   
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Hmm. But, how often do you actually look at the keys before you press them. My fingers do that all by themselves. I see this as a cool idea, but not realistic for touch typists.

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The rest of the site is just as interesting - particularly the mandership section.

   
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Hmm. But, how often do you actually look at the keys before you press them. My fingers do that all by themselves. I see this as a cool idea, but not realistic for touch typists.
Well, I never remember all the keys for calling up tools in Adobe apps, only a couple, so it would be helpful to train myself. It would also be very handy when learning a new, complex app or relearning a majorly updated app.

Also, in my product packaging work, I'm frequently setting type in languages I don't speak or read and have to change the keyboard to that language. It takes me multiple trips to the character palette or guess-typing to get what I need. Tedious and painful for more than a couple of words. I'd rather just switch keyboard layouts, look down and see exactly what I need when I need it.

   
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The rest of the site is just as interesting - particularly the mandership section.
You're right! I hadn't bothered to poke around there, not having a clue as to the meaning of "mandership." Most interesting section!

   
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Call me a cynic but it looks like a blue-sky pipe dream looking for development investors. 104 OLED displays, each under some type of armored glass so it won't fail from repeated key presses? A good mobile phone might be $400 retail but most are less than $150 effective sale price. I'd be surprised if they could manage 104 color OLED displays in suitably hardened keys at all, but I'd bet on more like $1000 if they could.

With a $500 balky b&w prototype coming out a year late instead.

But, I'd just LOVE to get their color model for $79.95.<G>
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The rest of the site is just as interesting - particularly the mandership section.
I got distracted in the Mandership section by the weird type changes from line to line, but the story on the ampersand was still fascinating. I'm a sucker for ampersands.

   
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Get a load of the Optimus keyboard now in development. Wow.
Wonder why I cannot see the images (with Firefox). Must be that they come from a third party?

   
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Wonder why I cannot see the images (with Firefox). Must be that they come from a third party?
I had no difficulty in Firefox.

   
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I had no difficulty in Firefox.
I only allow cookies from the web site I am in (and a few exceptions).

The images there must come from a third party.

   
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