I happened to stumble upon this at tgdaily . Its called the Optimus Maximus keyboard , and it is developed by a Russian company called Art Lebedev studio. Now for the cool part of the story , every key of the Optimus Maximus keyboard is a stand-alone display showing the function it is currently associated with .

Other disturbing features of this obscenely expensive piece of hardware are as follows, a standalone LED in each of its 113 keys. Each LED has a size of 10.1 x 10.1 mm and offers a resolution of 48 x 48 pixels. apparently the keys can not only display images, but videos with frame rates of up to 10 fps as well. up to 65,536 colors are supported, which can be seen on viewing angles of up to 160 degrees. Image and video layouts are stored on SD cards, which can be inserted on the back of the keyboard.

Hmmm.. really impressive , if you think about it , its quite an achievement but again , how many computer users ever look down at their damn keyboards while typing . I don’t know many , and for $1500 i ll build a kick ass rig complete with disco lights . Instead of this why not spend all the effort in making keyboards more ergonomic or durable , or try to put in features which make it easier for people with disabilities . This goes up right up there with the Finger Nose Hair Trimmer in my list of utterly useless products . Anyone who can give me one good reason to buy the optimus maximus gets a candy. any takers ??

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