Art Lebedev, creator of the long awaited and highly anticipated OLED keyboard, has just posted a mock up of the Optimus Tactus keyboard concept. A Transformer of sorts, the design consists of a large touchscreen panel that would allow users / software to create keys and other interfaces in any shape or pattern. This forward-thinking use of touch technology would also allow multimedia to be displayed directly within the input interface! Imagine an intuitive keyboard with the ablity to change form in real-time, accept several input methods simultaneously and display high-resolution multimedia. Amazing, no? Since the technology needed to manufacture the Optimus Tactus already exists, there is really nothing stopping Art Lebedev from making it happen; or is there? The end user price for such a device would likely be more than many computers cost these days, but that actually might not be such a barrier. Think of the hardware that this beauty could potentially replace: keyboard, mouse, monitor (second display or even primary), tablet interface, digital pen, etc. Throw integrated Bluetooth and a simple pair of speakers into the mix and you’ve got an amazing local network PMP and an internet tablet as well. With the right marketing and a good amount of buzz there is a good chance that the Optimus Tactus could find quite a niche in the digital artist / tech-savvy communities. There is of course, just one thing. There had better be something “tactile” about the Tactus or we’re going to have a real problem about that name!

[Via Ubergizmo]

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.