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Art. Lebedev's Optimus Popularis fully programmable keyboard with LCD-equipped keys, has b...

Unveiled more than three years ago, the Optimus Popularis keyboard has been finally made available for pre-order at Art. Lebedev design studio's website. Each key of the Popularis incorporates a tiny LCD running at 64 x 64 pixels resolution and can display any chosen image (or even an animation), performing any function assigned by the user. Art. Lebedev is also taking orders for the Optimus mini six external keyboard which offers six programmable LCD keys.  Read More

AZiO Levetron Mech4 modular, water-resistant keyboard

Aimed at heavy combat gaming, AZiO's new Levetron Mech4 is a modular keyboard design that enables the numeric keypad and macro D-pad with six programmable keys to be configured to suit your style. Mech4 also has comes special seals and drainage gutters that prevent spills from ending your virtual battle and the keyboard's life.  Read More

TouchFire is a transparent, silicone screen top keyboard for the iPad's virtual keyboard, ...

For touch-typists like myself, tablets such as the iPad present a bit of a problem. I still need a little more tactile feedback to my fingertips than the virtual keyboard can offer, if I'm going to speed through my messages without making errors. When veteran computer designer Steve Isaac was left similarly wanting, he decided to get creative. Along with Seattle product designer and mechanical engineer Brad Melmon, Isaac has designed a transparent, flexible faux keyboard that lays on top of the iPad's virtual keyboard to give users the familiar feel of notebook-like raised keys.  Read More

Researchers have demonstrated how a smartphone could be used to determine what words are b...

If you're looking for a reason to buy an iPhone 3GS as opposed to an iPhone 4, besides the lower price, here's one: it's technically possible that malware on an iPhone 4 – if that phone were placed beside its user's computer keyboard – could be used to deduce what the user was typing. Once that data was stored on the phone, it could then be transmitted to another party. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, who were able to use one of the phones for this purpose, any smartphone made within the past two years should be capable of doing so.  Read More

The Levitatr Bluetooth keyboard features LED-illuminated chiclet keys that rise up from th...

If there's one issue with the gorgeous COOL LEAF keyboard from Minebea, it's the less-than-satisfying feel of the touch panel keying action. When not in use, the equally good-looking Levitatr Bluetooth keyboard has a similarly flat upper surface but when activated the chiclet keys rise up and illuminate to offer some gratifying tactile typing.  Read More

Corsair has announced a new range of  peripherals aimed at PC gamers

Known for PC hardware such as high-speed DRAM modules, power supplies, solid state drives or USB flash drives, California-based Corsair recently announced a new range of peripherals aimed at PC gamers. The Vengeance lineup consists of two mice and two keyboards aimed at different gaming genres and a trio of noise-cancelling headsets.  Read More

Logitech has announced the release of a Mac version of its solar-powered keyboard

Earlier in the year Logitech released a wireless PC keyboard powered by both direct sunlight and ambient light, like that from a table lamp. Now the tech innovator is about to show some Mac love, by launching a version for users of the popular Apple operating platform.  Read More

Logitech has introduced its Bluetooth mouse, which is billed as being made for Android tab...

Tablet users who want to utilize their tablet PCs as desktop workstations would no doubt appreciate an Android-tailored wireless mouse. Announced this May, the Logitech mouse for Android 3.1+ is now available for purchase online, and joins the previously-launched tablet-oriented physical keyboard.  Read More

Illustration from IBM's patent application for a morphing touchscreen keyboard

While most people prefer using physical keyboards and only tolerate virtual keyboards on their mobile devices for the sake of portability, onscreen keyboards do potentially offer a flexibility that can’t be matched by physical keyboards. It’s this flexibility that IBM is looking to take advantage of with the company recently filing a U.S. patent application for a morphing touchscreen keyboard interface that would automatically resize, reshape and reposition keys based on a user’s typing style.  Read More

WOW-Keys is a full-sized desktop keyboard that can serve as an input device for an iPhone,...

An iPhone has various input features that a standard desktop keyboard doesn’t, such as a reconfigurable touchscreen display. A full-sized keyboard, however, is much easier to type on than an iPhone. Perhaps it only makes sense, therefore, that Korea’s Omnio Technologies decided to combine the strengths of the two devices, in the form of its WOW-Keys keyboard with built-in iPhone dock.  Read More

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