Saturday, January 06, 2007

Optimus Mini Three Keyboard

Fabled Mini Keyboard with Animated Keys Arrives

Let's get one thing out of the way. We have this Optimus Mini Three Keyboard in our hot little hands, it is very real and very cool. You want one, trust us. And that's not the salesman in us talking... this is the die-hard geeky friend who wants to see you get some amazing tech that no one you know will have.

Here are the basics. The Optimus Mini connects to your PC via USB and features three keys, each with their own backlit OLED screen. Each key can display a static image or full animation. Press the key and a different action occurs depending on what is assigned to it. Think it as some kind of futuristic dynamic hotkey device.

The bundled Optimus Mini Configurator software allows you to assign various actions to each of the three keys. Furthermore you can instantly switch between six different key layouts by holding down the Ctrl, Shift, Alt-Shift, or Ctrl+Shift keys on your larger keyboard. Hotkey options for Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Outlook Express and Windows media player are included. But forget about the practical stuff... what we liked best was being able to assign a different webcam image to each key and have them dynamically update. Or have a clock face with animated second hand displaying the time in Tokyo on one key while a CPU Usage graph scrolled across another key. You can of course mix and match the key functions to your desire and there is even support for portrait or landscape orientation.

Product Features

* Mini USB Keyboard with an OLED screen on each key
* Keys can be configured for the following functions:
o Start an Application
o Set as any keyboard combination
o System Status with Free Memory and CPU Usage graph
o Display webcam or other dynamic images pulled from the web
o Display the Time and Weather in any city with animated analog or digital clock face
o Control Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Outlook Express and Windows Media Player
* Instantly switch between six different keysets by pressing a modifier key on your larger keyboard
* Keyboard images can be set for vertical or horizonal orientation
* Software updates are planned for future enhanced features


* Three OLED Screens
o 20×20 mm
o 96×96 pixels resolution
o Animation at 3 frames per second
o 65536 Colors
o viewing angle 160 degrees
* Total Keyboard Size: 116 mm x 51.8 mm x 18 mm
* Key size: 32×32 mm

System Requirements

* Windows 2000, ME, XP (Mac and Linux Support is not currently available, but under development)
* One available USB port

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