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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 from 10.5.1 to 10.10.5.

    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 Burbaev
    modeler
    Aleksandr Pozdeev
    engineers
    Maksim Pavlukhin
    Grigory Annenkov
    programmers
    Konstantin Morshnev
    Vadim Kalinsky
    Maksim Lukashenya
    Denis Gryzlov
    Evgeny Golomin
    did their bit
    Anna Kleymenova
    Sergey Aleynikov
    Roma Voronezhsky
    production managers
    Andrey Voronkov
    Dmitry Tsoy


    Patents pending.




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