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phranx
November 4th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Hi,
look at this keyboard (http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/).

I will love it. I hope it will platform independent "for real" :D

MedivhX
November 4th, 2006, 01:18 PM
Soooooooooo cool!!!

23meg
November 4th, 2006, 01:25 PM
I'm not sure if it will be as revolutionarily useful as it is revolutionarily cool; do we look at the keys as we type?

delfick
November 4th, 2006, 01:27 PM
that is cool :D

EdThaSlayer
November 4th, 2006, 03:04 PM
This is awesome!I can't wait till a keyboard like that comes out. 23Meg, it might be revolutionary since keyboard technology hasn't gone very far the past few years.

jeffc313
November 4th, 2006, 03:10 PM
I want that!!!!!

Kateikyoushi
November 4th, 2006, 03:40 PM
It's not really new I saw it like a year ago and doubt it will be very popular in that price range, how often do you look at the keyboard while playing quake for example ?

phranx
November 4th, 2006, 04:02 PM
well... i know it's quite unuseful when you know an application, but it would be "comfortable" when you play a new game or use a new application,but...
above all...
it's extremely cool :D

happy-and-lost
November 4th, 2006, 04:07 PM
I challenge that with this...

http://www.daskeyboard.com/

Klaidas
November 4th, 2006, 04:20 PM
I'm not sure if it will be as revolutionarily useful as it is revolutionarily cool; do we look at the keys as we type?

A majority of people do :)

Polygon
November 4th, 2006, 05:15 PM
that optimus keyboard is cool, especially for gamers, as if you scroll down you can see how you can turn the images shown on the keyboard on what button goes wear, useful since i play a lot of games and i haven't memorized all the buttons yet :D

but it is also very expensive, like 400 dollars or something

that das keyboard is interesting , maybe i should consider getting one....

LOL! i like the "agency approvals" in the tech specs page for the das keyboard:



USA NSA: approval failed: they were not able to read what people typed

shining
November 4th, 2006, 05:29 PM
Optimus is good for any layouts—Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic


That would indeed be perfect for people who need several layouts, if the keyboard itself changed in the same time the layout is changed.
But how will it be controlled?
And also, I guess the price will be huge.

chickengirl
November 4th, 2006, 05:40 PM
I need ergonomic. :/ But that keyboard would be extra super crazy cool for me -- I touch type, but looking at the keys helps me reinforce my knowledge of which keys are where. I've switched to dvorak and I've relabeled my keys so they have dvorak in large black print and qwerty in small red print, and now my qwerty skills are all screwed up, partially because trying to type qwerty on a dvorak-labelled keyboard is such a mind-f*ck.

(yeah, I know, I shouldn't need qwerty anymore, but being dvorak only is such a handicap, I'd rather be bi-keyboardal.)

23meg
November 4th, 2006, 06:52 PM
I challenge that with this...

http://www.daskeyboard.com/
And I challenge that with...

The Happy Hacking Keyboard (http://pfuca-store.stores.yahoo.net/haphackeyser.html)

Stew2
November 4th, 2006, 08:44 PM
Wow! I really like those keyboards with blank keys... too bad they are so pricey.

Regards,
Stew2

23meg
November 4th, 2006, 08:47 PM
More keyboard pr0n:

http://www.nongnu.org/ratpoison/keyboards/

MedivhX
November 4th, 2006, 11:12 PM
And what do you do with those blank keyboards???

chickengirl
November 5th, 2006, 12:49 AM
And what do you do with those blank keyboards???
you... type on them?

supposedly they help you learn to touch-type faster because looking at the keys is totally useless.

chaosgeisterchen
November 5th, 2006, 01:08 AM
We should rather look for a new way of typing before trying out new ultra-stylish keyboards.

Compucore
November 5th, 2006, 01:13 AM
I remember seeing that not too long ago. It was in fact in 2005 that I remember seeing that one there. WHich I thought as well cool too. I remember seeing as well another computer I should be more correct about that. Similar IDea. But way too costly though for the average user. It went more along the lines of for financial use or for really high computational purposes use only. Bu they went belly up not too long ago. They had a 12 Processor slim line like the nextstation machines that Steve had made. And a 96 processor machine. (Weight about 150 pounds fully equiped.) WOuld have been nice to have seen ubuntu on those two amchines. But they used Red-hat instead. Anyways. I like that idea though for the keyboard to be OS independan though. Would make life a lot easier. Instead of the good old cheap keyboards.

:D

Compucore

chaosgeisterchen
November 5th, 2006, 01:15 AM
Ultra-stylish products are most assuredly not the best friends of Linux.

s_h_a_d_o_w_s
November 5th, 2006, 02:53 AM
That first keyboard looks really nice. When will it be released?

23meg
November 5th, 2006, 03:16 AM
Ultra-stylish products are most assuredly not the best friends of Linux.
Lebedev is providing open specs for this keyboard, thus it will indeed be very Linux friendly. Expect a driver and configurator to arrive very shortly after release, maybe even at release.

kerry_s
November 5th, 2006, 03:31 AM
That's a great keyboard, but this is my new favorite and it's free->

TheRingmaster
November 5th, 2006, 04:00 AM
We should rather look for a new way of typing before trying out new ultra-stylish keyboards.
http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/

if only there was a open-source project for this

Spano
November 5th, 2006, 05:18 AM
Best in the world. IBM Model M

po0f
November 5th, 2006, 05:36 AM
Spano,

Does that keyboard weigh >2 lbs? And is it slightly hard to press the keys down, and do they make a lot of clacking noise? Because that would be awesome.

23meg
November 5th, 2006, 05:42 AM
http://www.nuance.com/naturallyspeaking/

if only there was a open-source project for thisFYI, NaturallySpeaking is said to work under WINE.

Spano
November 5th, 2006, 06:00 AM
PoOf - 5# , clicky noise, key press is not difficult. Here is a link to a review with links to suppliers.
http://www.dansdata.com/clickykeyboards.htm
Believe the hype.

TheRingmaster
November 5th, 2006, 06:37 AM
FYI, NaturallySpeaking is said to work under WINE.
but what about an open-source project?

jabooty
November 5th, 2006, 06:52 AM
Best in the world. IBM Model M

Oh, that's just sexy as hell.

chaosgeisterchen
November 5th, 2006, 09:59 AM
Thanks for clarification.

Another question:

Which affordable keyboard is the best for typing thousands of chars?

kalle314
November 5th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Ultra-stylish products are most assuredly not the best friends of Linux.

Well, it seems the most stylish of them all is made especially for Linux and Unix, and will not work very well with Windows!

Or what do you say about this (http://japanese.engadget.com/2006/10/12/hhk-10th-anniversary-/) handmade Happy Hacking model at the price of 520500¥ (about $4300)? :)

Pictures from the making:
http://www.pfu.fujitsu.com/hhkeyboard/hhkbprohg/collabo.html

MedivhX
November 5th, 2006, 02:06 PM
Well, it seems the most stylish of them all is made especially for Linux and Unix, and will not work very well with Windows!

Or what do you say about this (http://japanese.engadget.com/2006/10/12/hhk-10th-anniversary-/) handmade Happy Hacking model at the price of 520500¥ (about $4300)? :)

Pictures from the making:
http://www.pfu.fujitsu.com/hhkeyboard/hhkbprohg/collabo.html

Yuck!!! If that is stylish I will kill myself... I wouldn't give a doolar for that... Ugly and red...

curuxz
November 5th, 2006, 04:00 PM
Its a cool keyboard..................IF they ever realased it. I have been waiting years for this thing to come out, its been making the rounds of forums for over 2 years now and yet its over a year past its original release date.


Looks cool but dont expect to see this things come out anytime soon. Whats worse is now they have the paintant on it so no one else who is actauly going to start selling them can make one either. They have effectively killed this tech :(

prizrak
November 5th, 2006, 07:27 PM
It's pretty old. They released the small one but not the big one. It is platform independent as it includes an SDK and as far as I understand the specs are open. It won't be a very good investment though. The price will be around $200 and it uses OLED so it won't live very long.

Stew2
November 5th, 2006, 07:46 PM
Thanks for clarification.

Another question:

Which affordable keyboard is the best for typing thousands of chars?

I agree with Spano... the IBM model M clicky keyboard is one of the best ever for positive keyboard feel and longevity/durability. Once you have used a clicky keyboard everything else just feels "cheap" :D IMHO

Edit: You can find the old IBM clicky keyboards at garage sales sometimes and on eBay. You have to watch the shipping on eBay though, as they are heavy they can be expensive to ship if the distance is great. Not pretty but they are a joy to type on and last forever! :)

trgz
March 5th, 2007, 11:20 AM
Top that with this:

Ergodex DX1 - http://www.nvnews.net/reviews/ergodex_dx1/index.shtml - bizarre-O!

maniacmusician
March 5th, 2007, 02:50 PM
I agree with Spano... the IBM model M clicky keyboard is one of the best ever for positive keyboard feel and longevity/durability. Once you have used a clicky keyboard everything else just feels "cheap" :D IMHO

Edit: You can find the old IBM clicky keyboards at garage sales sometimes and on eBay. You have to watch the shipping on eBay though, as they are heavy they can be expensive to ship if the distance is great. Not pretty but they are a joy to type on and last forever! :)
seriously? Clicky annoys me. It's loud when you're trying to work at night (and everyone else is asleep), and clicky just slows me down. I definitely prefer soft keys, it's much easier to type fast with them.

total wormage
May 16th, 2007, 02:01 PM
so i got the following email:


Ladies and gentlemen,

I'd like to inform you that on May 20, 2007 at 3 p.m. Moscow time
we'll start accepting limited pre-orders for the Optimus Maximus
Keyboard.

Watch the countdown at http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/.

All the project news are published at
http://community.livejournal.com/optimus_project/.

Artemy Lebedev
__________________________________________________ ____________________
tema@tema.ru | http://www.artlebedev.com

i don't have the money, so i thought someone else would be interested

Engnome
May 16th, 2007, 02:21 PM
so i got the following email:


Ladies and gentlemen,

I'd like to inform you that on May 20, 2007 at 3 p.m. Moscow time
we'll start accepting limited pre-orders for the Optimus Maximus
Keyboard.

Watch the countdown at http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/.

All the project news are published at
http://community.livejournal.com/optimus_project/.

Artemy Lebedev
__________________________________________________ ____________________
tema@tema.ru | http://www.artlebedev.com

i don't have the money, so i thought someone else would be interested

I don't think very many will have the money as it will cost you $1564.37.

Also they are like really nice cars, there aren't that many of them being produced.

Production schedule:
Beginning of December 2007—200 keyboards
End of December 2007—200 keyboards
January 2008—400 keyboards

Info taken from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optimus_Maximus

total wormage
May 16th, 2007, 02:24 PM
lol, when they announced the project years back they said it would cost something like 200 dollars or so :D

Engnome
May 16th, 2007, 02:29 PM
lol, when they announced the project years back they said it would cost something like 200 dollars or so :D

I bet they meant $200/button or something. :D