Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella
While the Optimus keyboard is cool, the cost is prohibitive.
I wonder if Apple could do the same concept but use e-ink instead of OLED.
I think the target demographic should be Pro Apps like Photoshop, FinalCut, etc
I think it would make the most sense on Apple's full size Pro keyboard.
In order for it to be successful they should price it at no more than $199.
Many of the keyboard overlays run $50. This gives you an infinite # of overlays and functions in various apps.
Yeah, I immediately thought of Final Cut when I saw the headline. I remember the old dedicated keyboards with multi-color keys and the shortcuts printed on them. I went for the cheap option and got the set of replacement keys to use on an Apple keyboard -- just pry off the keys you needed to for the functions you wanted to remember.
It would be fun to have a strip of purple keys here, and a block of blue keys there, etc. I don't know how you would put symbols or commands on them with backlights, unless they did have a screen of some type on the key or overlay as you mention.
But, what I would really like to see are more iPad apps for various kinds of virtual keyboards. I am quite happy to type on the glass. And I have used the iPhone and iPad apps to turn them into touch pads for my Mac. So, why not a bunch of keyboards dedicated to different desktop apps, like FCP? Come on, iOS developers, get going; I've just given you a great idea! I would like my virtual FCP keyboard to have a scroll wheel for scanning through the time-line, please; then I don't have to get a 99-dollar physical one.