More Than for Typing Words: LCD Keyboards

More Than for Typing Words: LCD Keyboards

Joel Pirela
Nov 15, 2010

We use our keyboards every day. A lot. So what's the future of these devices? A touch panel the size of a keyboard? Or skip using the keyboard altogether? Meet the future: LCD + Keyboard. This seems like a marriage made in heaven. From basic backlight to embedding tiny LCD screens on each key to the final frontier: a whole computer inside the keyboard shaped case. These are interesting times for sure.

The Eclipse Litetouch has a very sleek design and a 3 in 1 LCD touchpanel that can switch modes depending on your needs. With just one press, you can switch among media mode, numerical pad and myeclipse mode, which let you add your favorites websites and apps to the panel.
The panel comes with 12 pre-defined icons for finance, entertainment, shopping and health; that you can assign them to various sites and programs. You can also drag and drop icons using the keyboard software to arrange them as you please. The touchpanel is not the only lighted part of the litetouch... the rst of the standard keys include Trueview backlighting.

Optimus Maximus/Tactus keyboard
Optimus's customizable layout allows convenient use of any language—Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Quenya, hiragana, etc.—as well as of any other character set: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions and so on to infinity. In order to extend the service life of the displays and avoid using cables that may be vulnerable to wear, the screens embedded in the keytops are fixed—it's only the transparent caps that are pressed. Every button of the keyboard (or, more precisely, a module consisting of a moving cap, a microchip and a display) can be easily removed to clean or replace.
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.

Configurator software enables users to program each button to reproduce a sequence of symbols and edit images separately for each layout.

ASUS' Eee PC keyboard
The Asus HTPC keyboard features a 5-inch built-in display, a 1.6GHz Atom microprocessor, 1GB or RAM, Windows XP Home Edition, 16GB or 32GB SSD, Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Wireless HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, VGA, and headphone and microphone ports. A battery pack lasts four hours on a charge. There are also three USB 2.0 ports and an external WiFi/UWB antenna, which will allow 720p video to be played wirelessly on a TV within five meters of ASUS' device. The model with the 16GB SSD will run you $549.00 and 32GB will cost $599

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