It’s been quite a while now that we have been lusting after the Optimus OLED keyboard. While that product is still under development - and rumor has it that it will not utilize OLED anymore - Art Lebedev Studios has released the Optimus Mini Three in the interim as a proof of concept. We got ahold of one of the Optimus Mini Three units, and we unbox it here in this episode.
Let us know what you think, or what you want us to unbox next!
You all remember the Optimus, right - that keyboard where every key’s a little screen that would make FPS gaming oh-so-much sexier? Well, if it ever makes it out in to the wild, it sounds like it’s going to be amazingly sweet. Slashgear notes some interesting tidbits from Optimus’ livejournal:
... the 103 will appear to whatever computer it’s plugged into as a mass-storage device. That means it shows up as a drive volume in Explorer, needs no drivers and, best of all, can store all of the custom layouts you slavishly create on-board. Got two PCs you want to use it with? No problem, the layouts come with it.
Of course, the issue of price is still up in the air - how much can I expect to spend on a keyboard that’s got nearly as many pixels as a 15 inch monitor, and more bells-n-whistles to boot? Similarly, it doesn’t bode well that the Optimus website recently changed the release date of the keyboard from “Late 2006” to “Concept”. Sigh….we need to get SOMEONE to build this thing. Hey Dell - don’t you think you’d be able to charge quite the pretty penny if you bought these folks out and started bundlying the Optimus with your Alienware PC’s?
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It seems like we have waited for both the Optimus OLED Keyboard and the Optimus Mini Three for an eternity. The good news, however, is that the Mini Three has finally arrived, and ThinkGeek will soon be selling those bad boys. In fact, they got one in early, and took a few unboxing images to show the three-keyed device off. The OLED keys look great, but they only run at three frames-per-second, so don’t expect anything fancier than a constantly updating still image. Head on over to ThinkGeek for all the details.