Archive for January 10th, 2008:
The Optimus Maximus keyboard is insane. Every key is a separate OLED screen with a resolution of 48×48 pixels. This means that you can program your own fonts, reconfigure the letter order on your keyboard (my Dad could stop whining that keyboards have a QWERTY configuration instead of alphabetical), change the colors of your keys (I see ugly flashing rainbow keyboards coming to an office near me in the future), or even play games like Minesweeper using your keyboard as a gaming surface. This concept has a lot of possibilities, and I’ll definitely buy one once the price drops down from $1500, which with the drastic decreases in OLED prices we’ve seen in the last year or so, shouldn’t take too long.
The BUG is a new device from Bug Labs that makes it easy to build portable electronic devices with a plug and play modular hardware system and open source software. You purchase a base unit and as many optional modules (web camera, LCD screen, camera, GPS, etc.) as you want. You can snap four different modules into the base to create your own wifi-enabled device.
This concept has a lot of promise. We’ve been able to customize our PCs for years by simply plugging in new components. Now we’ll be able to easily customize our mp3 players, video players, PDAs, and other portable devices as well.
Any IT person should be able to relate to this sad, funny, and true blog post by Saun Boyd.
Source: Life Reboot
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