Optimus Tactus in video mode.

Optimus Tactus in video mode.

Art.Lebedev Studio, the team behind the Optimus Maximus OLED Keyboard, has come up with new concept for a keyboard. Revolutionary to some, daunting to others, the Optimus Tactus doesn’t have any keys. The entire keyboard is a touchscreen.

Optimus Tactus does not have physical keys, which means there are no restrictions on their shape and size. Any part of the keyboard surface can be programmed to perform any function or to display any images.

optitact-side

The Optimus Tactus keyboard has a programmable touchscreen.

Gizmodo isn’t too happy about the lack of tactile feedback. But let’s face it: the iPhone has shown that tactile feedback is heavily overrated. It sure is nice, but our capability to type text is not depending on it.

Whether that is true for longer texts remains to be seen, because until today no brand has dared to introduce a no-keys keyboard to the market.

A programmable interface opens up new possibilities.

A programmable interface opens up new possibilities.

(Pictures by Art.Lebedev)

  • Nice. I would love to have such a keyboard to raise my productivity.

  • I have no idea how this would work with touch-typing. I usually don’t look at the keyboard at all, so I don’t think it would work.

  • I’m skeptical too. But I also think this is a matter of training and getting used to it. After all none of us was born with the qwerty layout map of a keyboard. Our brain adapted and learned where the keys are located.

    Essentially you need one or two orientation points. That’s what helps you hitting the right keys, not the physical existence of the keys.

    It’s not a new idea, but I find it interesting to think of a keyboard as an interaction area, which can be used for more than just one form of data input.

  • I think you need more than one or two reference points. Sure, on a normal keyboard you have the little bumps on the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys, but beyond that I think you still need to be able to feel where the keys are. But anyway, some people don’t do touch-typing, so perhaps for them it is less of an issue.

    Actually I think the whole idea of focusing visual attention on the keyboard is potentially flawed. You want your attention to be on the thing you’re working on, not on the tools. Otherwise you have to keep moving your eyes back and forth. So in that sense I wouldn’t really want Photoshop functions illuminated on my keyboard either.

  • Jack MAg

    frickin sweet and pretty frickin sexy

  • 1SexyMothAFKa

    How do I go about purchasing one of those keyboards? Thanks
    ~smashfade@gmail.com