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.

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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)