Optimus LED Pre-Order Phase

"Russian design studio Art Lebedev opened its online store for pre-orders of the Optimus Maximus LED keyboard."

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Optimus LED keyboard enters pre-order phase

In what can only be described as nothing short of an eternity, it appears that design studio Art Lebedev have finally got their stuff together and pushed the Optimus LED keyboard into production. The Optimus is available for pre-order through the websites online shop for a humbling price tag of $1564.37.

According to a note posted on Art Lebedev’s website, the first 200 buyers will be receiving their keyboard in early January. The next 200 keyboards will ship after December 20, with another 400 becoming available in early January.

...And yes that is December - January 2007/8. So not only do you have to pay what equates to roughly a week and a half of your salary, but you have to wait another 6 months for your keyboard to boot. However the Optimus does have some rather neat features:

For 43,990 rub., which translates to $1564.37, buyers will get the first keyboard, which features a standalone LED in each of its 113 keys. Each LED has a size of 10.1 x 10.1 mm and offers a resolution of 48 x 48 pixels. According to the manufacturer, the keys can not only display images, but videos with frame rates of up to 10 fps as well. Up to 65,536 colors are supported, which can be seen on viewing angles of up to 160 degrees. Image and video layouts are stored on SD cards which can be inserted on the back of the keyboard...

...An interesting feature of the keys is an ambient light sensor, which automatically adjusts the brightness of the images displayed through the LEDs. The lifetime of the LEDs is about 20,000 hours, according to Art Lebedev.

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21-05-2007, 09:48:22


Sweeeet! Let's all gear up for DX10.1 when we don't even have anything that runs on DX10 yet, w00t w00t!!!

The gfx industry is absurd, I wish they would put guns to their heads.

lol remember tho back in dx9 launch days there were similar accusations .... now could i have , by a show of hands an indication of all peeps who believe DX8 graphics are acceptable.

the .1 revision IMHO is probably a performance fix or some such features that where originally planned for DX 10 but because of the Vista Deployment Rush did not get employed due to lack of resources / time

21-05-2007, 09:53:11

so this confuses me, will dx10 cards support dx10.1 !??!?!? or will you have to get whole new gear?

21-05-2007, 10:04:38

You'll probably need a new graphic card at a guess..

21-05-2007, 10:39:31


You'll probably need a new graphic card at a guess..

Yup, or else we probably wouldn't have this news article...

Thus my angryness.

21-05-2007, 10:50:31

So glad I didnt buy the 8800GTS instead of mobo :D

21-05-2007, 11:04:14


Yup, or else we probably wouldn't have this news article...

Thus my angryness.

Thing is, it's going to be a LONG time before you need worry about 10.1 at all - I seem to remember it's quite far on MS' horizon too atm.

21-05-2007, 11:17:19

Hmm well this isn't THAT bad - DX10.1 won't be out for a while just like DX 9.0a, b, c etc

However I would like to play a DX10 game or so ;)

21-05-2007, 11:28:54


So glad I didn't buy the 8800GTS instead of mobo :D


Although, Even if I did... I guess I wouldn't be that peeved, as Kempez said, it's gonna be a while before 10.1 is out.

21-05-2007, 11:36:46

Im still buying an 8800 in light of this. I struggled through DX9s early days on a 5700, im sure 8800 will hold out.

21-05-2007, 12:12:44

Yup, put me down for an 8800 regardless (GTX probably)

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