Thankfully no longer one has to play the excruciating waiting game, as the legendary Art Lebedev Studio is finally (stress on finally) accepting pre-orders for the Optimus Popularis.
The Optimus Popularis keyboard along with the new Optimus Mini Six are no ordinary keyboards (yes they have super-powers), since each key is equipped with a LCD running at 64 x 64 pixels resolution and is programmed to perform any function.
While both are essentially programmable keyboards with LCD-equipped keys, they do differ on certain points. The Mini Six is a six-key programmable LCD keyboard marketed as an accompaniment to a computer and is programmed to handle common tasks, be it performing an assigned function or displaying information related to a program. Hence, calling the Mini Six a remote control or an animated indicator won’t be too far from the truth.
The Optimus Popularis on the other hand is a complete keyboard replacement and supports a 262,144 color palette and videos up to 10fps. Art. Lebedev’s Optimus Popularis and Optimus mini six can be ordered from here for US$1086 US$376 respectively.