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Joel rips off Art Lebedev

The trashcan thing? Been done back in 2002 on Art Lebedev's design guide.

http://www.artlebedev.ru/kovodstvo/88/ (in Russian)

By the way, Art Lebedev is the guy who designed the coolest keyboard of all time, space, and the other three hyperspheric dimensions: http://www.artlebedev.ru/portfolio/optimus/
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 2:54am
Holy.
That's no ordinary keyboard. It's something divine.
Permalink Send private email Vineet Reynolds 
January 27th, 2006 2:58am
Flasher,

do you know if that's just a concept piece? Where can you buy those keyboards?

  -tim
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January 27th, 2006 4:14am
That was a concept, yes, but he's got patents pending on it and intends to get someone to manufacture it.

There was a similar thing to this actually produced ages ago (and I mean the early days of PCs), with grayscale LCDs on the keys and language layouts switchable on the keyboard itself. Not quite as cool as the Optimus though.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 4:24am
One of the better blogs around. One of my favourites from him, http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/110/
Permalink Send private email KayJay 
January 27th, 2006 4:50am
Ah, wasn't aware he did an English version. Here's the trashcan bit:

http://www.artlebedev.com/mandership/88/
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 5:07am
Holy crap, I gotta get one of those keyboards.

No more swapping replaceable keycaps on my Model M when I need to test my apps in a foreign language.
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January 27th, 2006 8:02am
From the website (about the kbd) -
"It’s in the initial stage of production.

We hope it will be released in 2006."

May I say "W00T!"? I may? Oh, good.
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January 27th, 2006 9:00am
In this case it means he's negotiating with OEMs and electronic engineers who are going "fucking designers, how are we supposed to make it work in real life?"
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 9:03am
They'll be doing the chip count and sending emails back and forth saying something like 'how can we get the build cost below $1,000'. To which there is a reply, 'We make a million of them.'.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 27th, 2006 10:12am
Of course, if they manage to get it working, they *will* sell a million - and more...
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 10:15am
Yeah but for a million you get it down to $500 retail, that's a lot to risk on a keyboard.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 27th, 2006 10:22am
Yes well, Lebedev is a Mac user, he is all too well familiar with the concept of paying ludicrous amounts for trivial tech in a nice package. :)
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 10:24am
Anyway, it would be the Aeron chair of the keyboard world. Employers will buy them in bulk to attract and motivate the kind of people who would appreciate one.
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 10:26am
Yeah, right.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 27th, 2006 10:31am
Hey, one can dream. :)
Permalink Send private email Flasher T 
January 27th, 2006 10:33am
I, for one, welcome our new Russian keyboards.
Permalink Send private email John Haren 
January 27th, 2006 11:52am

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