CEBIT: Optimus keyboard finally to ship

The long-awaited Optimus keyboard will be available at the end of this year, its creator, Russian designer Art Lebedev, said at Cebit on Friday.

"It will be late November or early December this year," he told IDG News Service in an interview. "We'll have a working prototype within a month and we'll be able to show it around."

The Optimus keyboard will be completely customizable. OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays inside each key will signify its use. Examples offered by the company include as quick launch buttons for a program, keys for a certain language or character set or shortcut keys for software applications.

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The keyboard has attracted a lot of attention since first announced and was supposed to make an appearance at Cebit but instead the company was showing its three-key model, which costs $160 (£82).
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"Anyone can do a keyboard that costs ten dollars, just simple plastic keys. But when you put displays inside the keys you face a lot of problems. There are hundreds of problems waiting for you at every corner," said Lebedev.
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When it goes on sale at the end of this year it will cost about US$1,500 (£775). That

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