9 best keyboards

Optimus Maximus keyboard

The Optimus Maximus keyboard, previously just "Optimus keyboard", is a keyboard developed by the Art. Lebedev Studio, a Russian design studio headed by Artemy Lebedev. Each of its keys is a display which can dynamically change to adapt to the keyboard layout in use or to show the function of the key. Pre-orders began on 20 May 2007 for a limited production run from December 2007 to January 2008, with a second batch expected to arrive in February 2008. It first started shipping the week of February 21, 2008.
The design featured on the studio's website received attention on the web when it was featured on Slashdot on 14 July 2005, and afterwards for a few weeks on other technology websites. The original release date was "end of 2006", however production issues caused the Optimus mini three to be developed first, with the full keyboard delayed until the end of 2007. The keyboard was number 10 in the Wired Magazine 2006 Vaporware Awards[1] and number 4 on the list in 2007 due to its numerous delays and feature reductions.

The Optimus allows for greater user interaction, by dynamically displaying the current function of the keys. For example, when the user presses the shift key, the pictures would change to upper-case versions. It would also make switching between different keyboard layouts (such as English and Cyrillic) rapid, and could make the switch to alternative layouts such as Dvorak easier for people who only have a QWERTY keyboard with no possibility of rearranging the keys. To demonstrate this concept, there are computer renderings showing example layouts for Quake III Arena and Adobe Photoshop.

A newly-revealed (as of January 3, 2008) patent application filed on March 13, 2007 suggests that Apple Inc. may be working on a similar dynamically changeable OLED keyboard.

Optimus Maximus keyboard Author- Antonio Andjuar

Optimus Maximus keyboard Author-Nicolas Macuser

Apple Wireless Keyboard

The Apple Wireless Keyboard is a wireless keyboard built for Macintosh computers. It interacts over Bluetooth wireless technology and unlike its wired version, it has no USB connectors or ports. Both generations have low-power features when not in use.

On September 16, 2003, the first Apple Wireless Keyboard was introduced at the Apple Expo. The device required four AA batteries, and had an On/Off switch on the bottom. It lacked wires and USB ports, but otherwise was cosmetically the same as the wired version.

On August 7, 2007 Apple released a completely redesigned model of the Apple Wireless Keyboard. Like the wired Apple Keyboard, the new model is thinner than its predecessors and has an aluminum enclosure. Another addition is the new functions added to the function keys, such as media controls and Dashboard control. Unlike the previous version, the Wireless Keyboard now has a layout similar to the MacBook. The power button has been relocated to the right side of the keyboard, and the key layout does not include a numerical typepad.

The caps lock key now includes (undocumented) accidental press prevention; the key must be held down for a moment for Caps Lock to engage. This behavior is not configurable, and has frustrated users who remap Caps Lock to a different modifier, such as Control.The new keyboard also requires only three AA batteries, one fewer than its predecessor.

Although Apple includes support solely for Macintosh computers, it can also be used on a Windows PC providing that a Bluetooth receiver and appropriate Bluetooth stack is installed and properly configured. Enabling use of the 'Fn' and 'Eject' keys will require customization using a generic HID driver.Enabling the multimedia keys and remapping keys, such as assigning 'Del' to the 'Eject' key is also possible.

Apple Wireless Keyboard, Old and New Author - josh bancroft

Logitech DiNovo Edge

Logitech's diNovo Edge keyboard certainly looks like the best keyboard around. Taking the clean-lined design cues of its previous diNovo boards, Logitech's latest high-end keyboard is a remarkably attractive piece of hardware. It's a pleasure to type on, with a sturdiness that belies its thin profile. Logitech also added some innovation, making this the first wireless keyboard that's also rechargeable

Logitech DiNovo Edge Author - Antonio Andjuar

Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard

The keyboard itself is pretty reliable as long as you keep it clean. It can become a pain if you are used to the press of the keys or need the feel of the keyboad to guide you, If the keyboard is your second home and you dont have to look the recent version of this keyboard is great for those who need a keyboard on the run, for their pda, or if you just need space

Bluetooth Laser Virtual Keyboard Author Creart DC

Surta 7 industrial stainless steel keyboard

Stainless steel built-in keyboard with trackball is designed for representative input stations in places where there is a high risk of vandalism or where they are subjected to high strains (e.g. information desks, bank applications, point of sales-applications, industrial applications), and where information is entered by constantly changing users.
The keys of this keyboard are on one level with the surface, with small gaps; the operating forces are buffered by a baffle plate. The plate is waterproof and corresponds to the degree of protection IP54 (built-in version only front). Sealing is ensured by a silicon foil located underneath the key caps.

Surta 7 industrial stainless steel keyboards

Ceratech Zboard

The Zboar is the only keyboard that gives you ‘hot swappable’ key sets. One minute you have a professional Multimedia office keyboard, the next, an unbeatable gaming platform to make sense of all that power.

Each key set can be changed in less than 10 seconds without the need to turn off or re-boot the computer. Simply unclip one end, lift out and replace with the other key set – it’s that easy.

Ceratech Zboard

Senseboard Virtual Keyboard

The Senseboard Virtual Keyboard is the full-sized “virtual” keyboard and mouse in the world. Its unique design allows for standard text input in practically any environment. The Virtual Keyboard consists of two hand-worn components, which use Bluetooth technology to connect with the designated computing device. Senseboard utilizes sensor technology to recognize the characters a user is typing. Text input is based on movement of the users hands and fingers.

The virtual Keyboard has a maximum height of 53 mm, length of 95 mm, width of 32 mm and a maximum weight of 45 grams per unit.

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Eleksen fabric keyboard

Eleksen fabric keyboard is built into a pouch that protects your UMPC during transit. The keyboard connects to the PC via USB. Looking at the keyboard and other fabric Eleksen products I always have the same thoughts.
First, how long with the letters on the keys last, they look to be screen printed. Second what sort of typing feel do you get from the keys? You might assume the keys would feel spongy considering that they are made from fabric, but I could be wrong. At any rate, this looks like a useful and very portable keyboard for UMPC users.

Eleksen fabric keyboard


Intensive mouse and keyboarding use has been associated with increased risk of upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders . As a result, input devices (e.g. ergonomic keyboards, trackball or joystick) are often recommended as a therapeutic intervention. However, use of these alternative devices may result in a trade-off between comfort and performance.

The CombiMouse is an alternative input device1 that combines the functionality of a keyboard and a mouse into one device. The CombiMouse consists of two units, much like a split-keyboard, in which the left hand unit (LHU) is a stationary device with keys that are typically used by the left hand, while the right hand unit (RHU) contains keys typically used by the right hand but also is mobile and serves as a mouse. To change the RHU to mouse mode, the user grips the RHU touching a proximity circuit that detects finger contact. This cancels out the keyboard functions and allows it to act as a mouse



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