updated 05:00 pm EDT, Fri May 30, 2008
Optimus Popularis Proto
Art Lebedev Studio's founder on Friday revealed an early 3D prototype of his Optimus Popularis keyboard that sheds new light on the device. Despite saying that the keyboard won't use the OLED displays of the Maximus, Lebedev's rendering confirms that the keyboard will still have at least some keys whose symbols will change based on the relevant app. The design is already known to be smaller than the Maximus and support both Mac OS X and Windows systems.
Launch information is still distant for the Popularis outside of its intended sub-$1,000 price tag, though the apparently more limited feature set could push the keyboard below the $462 price of the Russian company's current keyboard.