…The Optimus Mini Three Keyboard has finally hit the streets?

Optimus Keyboard

The Optimus Mini Three Keyboard has finally started to hit the streets (dismissing any vaporware claims most people had) and it looks amazing. Designed to be a multifunction three button customizable mini keyboard, the Mini Three features three backlit OLED screens that display different information panels or button configurations depending on the programs being run on your computer. The keyboard connects to your PC (Mac users get screwed, at least initially, on this one) via USB. Each key can then display a static image or full animation (albeit only at 3 frames per second). The keyboard can be oriented either horizontally or vertically using the included software. Applications are responsible for coding for the keyboard, but I can see a slew of uses for this. It makes a sweet current song information bar for iTunes, a nice visualization of new email messages, a cool looking stock tracker for when you’re playing Wall Street, or an easily customizable remote control for watching movies. There are many more planned uses, and users can code in button controls that function like widgets to suit their own desires. Hotkey functioning for Internet Explorer, Word, Outlook and Windows Media Player are all included out of the box. You can even assign a webcam image to each key, if you want to keep an eye on your house or that video feed of the guy in Tokyo who is always doing funny things. At a price of $159.99, it’s a bit steep, but that’s the price you pay to be the first kid on the block with the new toy. They ship soon, so order yours today to ensure speedy delivery. If only you already had one of these, you could program one of the keys to keep an eye on incoming UPS shipments. Oh well. Lastly, be on the lookout for Optumus’ full OLED keyboard to be released some time before the end of the year. It will revolutionize the keyboarding experience as we know it.

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[Via: ThinkGeek]