Das Keyboard opens pre-orders for 5Q, first "internet-connected' keyboard

Das Keyboard, a mechanical keyboard manufacturer, will soon launch its first “internet-connected” model, the 5Q, which It plans to unveil at CES 2017. Das says that productivity-focused keyboard functions as both an input and an output unit, with each key programmable to a different color.

The 5Q aims to reduce distractions by streaming information directly to the keyboard, such as email notifications to cloud-hosted project updates. In practical terms, Das explains, “It is ambient. You see it without even looking at it. Thanks to your peripheral vision, you’re able to see what’s on your desk when you are looking at your monitor.”

To see the 5Q in action, check out the product video below.

Other notable specs include a 104-key keyset, RGB key lighting, and Omron "Gamma-Zulu" mechanical switches, which are good for up to 100 million actuations. A "Q" dial also sits in the upper right corner, which displays the information currently streaming to the keyboard when pressed and functions as a volume knob, when turned. The Q5 is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.

Interested consumers can pre-order the Q5 starting today for $229. Those who supported the Kickstarter early on could have their keyboards delivered next month, while there is no official shipping date listed for pre-orders.

Source: Engadget & Kickstarter

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