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Optimus Maximus keyboard

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Task: Design a keyboard with screens embedded in each button.

Each key is a stand-alone display that shows the function currently assigned to it.

Optimus’s customizable layout allows convenient use of any language—Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Quenya, hiragana, etc.—as well as of any other character set: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions and so on to infinity.


Specifications

Keyboard dimensions

length

537 mm (21.1″)

width

173 mm (6.8″)

height

38 mm (1.5″)

key

20.2×20.2 mm (0.8″×0.8″)


Each of the 113 displays

technology

OLED

viewable area

10.1×10.1 mm (0.4″×0.4″)

resolution

48×48 pixels

frame rate

10 frames per second minimum

colors

65 536

viewing angle

160°

Compatibility

Connection

USB 2.0

Control

Optimus Configurator software

OS

Windows, Mac OS X


System requirements
PC with installed OS Windows XP, Vista or 7, with a USB 1.1 (or better 2.0) port; Mac OS X 10.5.1 or higher.

At least 20 MB of free space on hard drive.

At least 256 MB of RAM.

In order to extend the service life of the displays and avoid using cables that may be vulnerable to wear, the screens embedded in the keytops are fixed—it’s only the transparent caps that are pressed.

Every button of the keyboard (or, more precisely, a module consisting of a moving cap, a microchip and a display) can be easily removed to clean or replace.


Optimus Configurator

Configurator software enables users to program each button to reproduce a sequence of symbols and edit images separately for each layout.

Release date: March 15 2007

Cast:

art director and designer
Artemy Lebedev
industrial designer
Timur Burbayev
modeler
Alexander Pozdeyev
engineers
Maxim Pavlukhin
Grigori Annenkov
programmers
Konstantin Morshnev
Vadim Kalinsky
Max Lukashenya
Denis Gryzlov
Evgeny Golomin
did their bit
Anna Kleymenova
Sergei Aleinikov
Roma Voroneshski
production managers
Andrey Voronkov
Dmitry Tsoi


Patents pending.





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