Extending the Keyboard

22 Feb 2008 - 7:18pm
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Etkin Ciftci
2007

A Russian design firm, namely Art Lebedev Studio is designing input devices
with OLED screens.
(see: http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/)

Well, I get idea of replacing the standard keyboard with the one that has
customizable look and functions. But the "Mini Three", a product that
extends the standard keyboard with three dynamic buttons and tiny OLED
screens, has just puzzled me!
(see: http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus-mini/)

The Mini Three provides one touch access to user's favorite programs and
displays dedicated visual content like world clocks or your baby's web cam
on tiny screens. In this case it also extends the standard display. It would
work fine with the ctrl+alt+del keys for sure:)

But why one reads an RSS feed from limited screen while this tiny screen is
already connected to a standard display? Yes, Mini Three also displays RSS
content.

Anyway I really like the final slot machine scene from the below Gizmodo
video;
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcNwu7bw6yw

Etkin Ciftci
Interaction Designer
Bilende, Istanbul

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