Mass Production of Optimus Maximus Has Not Started

If you've been following news of the full-sized 113-keys Optimus Maximus keyboard with colour OLED screens (10.1mm² large with a 48x48 pixel resolution) located inside each key, you are probably aware of the bad news that is circulating one of the most revolutionary ideas in keyboard history. Since the initial pictures were posted, the product was priced quite ridiculously and the keys were made black and white to cut costs. Specially designed software is reportedly meant to be able to change images on the colour screens depending on the program running.

Now, Artemy Lebedev, chief executive of Art Lebedev Design studio, has admitted that mass production of the highly-anticipated device has not yet started, the design studio has yet to finalize the device, and that there is no driver. Earlier this year Art Lebedev promised to deliver the first 200 Optimus Maximus keyboards to customers on December 1st. It is unclear whether Art Lebedev will be able to deliver working Optimus Maximus keyboards to those who pre-ordered them for $1564 a piece back in May, 2006. In early October it transpired that the company may face shortages of certain components, which, in addition to some other factors, might cause delay of the product release.

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News source: Xbit Laboratories

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