art. lebedev : optimus popularis keyboard
dec 09, 2011
art. lebedev : optimus popularis keyboard


the ‘optimus popularis’ keyboard by art. lebedev

the ‘optimus popularis‘ by moscow and kiev-based studio art. lebedev is in production and available for preorder.

the tactile keyboard is completely composed of LCD displays, permitting users to assign any image and function to any key.
a visualization bar located between the function and numeral rows is retained as a display screen, featuring information
like e-mail alerts, automatic stock or weather updates, or current music selection. an ‘fn’ key at the bottom of the keyboard
switches the functions of the device.

the ‘optimus popularis’ costs approximately 1086 USD. also available for pre-order is the ‘mini six
(covered in this designboom article) and ‘aux‘ keypads.


profile view


the keyboard programmed for use with photoshop, with each key operating as a function


russian keyboard, in colour


split view: english keyboard (left); double language keyboard, russian and english (right)


full view of a sample customized keyboard mode of ‘popularis’


design sketches


rough form prototypes

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library