Joel rips off Art Lebedev
That's no ordinary keyboard. It's something divine.
do you know if that's just a concept piece? Where can you buy those keyboards?
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.'.
Of course, if they manage to get it working, they *will* sell a million - and more...
Yeah but for a million you get it down to $500 retail, that's a lot to risk on a keyboard.
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. :)
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.
I, for one, welcome our new Russian keyboards.