still no sign of the full-sized
OLED-keyed Optimus keyboard
, due to drop in 2006, but the Russian design firm Art. Lebedev Studio
have announced the "Optimus mini three keyboard."
They describe it as "an auxiliary keyboard with three keys, each complete with an OLED screen displaying the
current function... Optimus mini is a blank sheet. It’s hard to say what a usual monitor is worth until you open
an image on it."
Using the above example of Half-Life 2
"game control," I have to question the value of the $100 peripheral. Sure, it's an attractive enough piece of
kit, and the OLED screens are muy
cool, but they offer little functionality above and beyond what any three
keys on a regular old 104-key USB keyboard could.
However, if you've got $100 burning a hole in your
pocket... the Optimus mini three is set to arrive May 15.