With that they no longer have to worry about besting Duke Nukem Forever for product with the longest "vaporware" status.
We begin shipping Optimus Maximus keyboards to those who ordered it last year. At the same time, first versions of Optimus Configurator software for Mac and PC are available at: http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/downloads/“Active” keys are configurable and have a tiny OLED display in them. The beauty of the keyboard would then be in the use of the configurator software to modify the images and behavior of "active" keys.
Those who bought a version with passive keys will get their keyboard in a month (and our apologies sooner than that). It turned out that we have to produce inner parts of the passive keys again - what we have now doesn't meet our quality standard.
So expect to see more keyboards appear in your town :-)
So, as the Art.Lebedev Studio says on its site:
Optimus Maximus’s customizable layout allows convenient use of any language - Cyrillic, Ancient Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Quenya, hiragana, etc.—as well as of any other character sets: notes, numerals, special symbols, HTML codes, math functions and so on to infinity.Sure, that sounds great. But the price!
It's available in white or black with one, 10, 47 or 113 "active" keys. If you order a keyboard without the full 113 "active" key set, additional "active" keys can be ordered and your keyboard can be upgraded.
Prices range from $462 with one active key to over $1,500 for all 113 keys. Obviously a cool, but niche product.
One problem though: what's good is a keyboard that's lousy to type on? According to a review the keys are really tough to depress, and wore out the reviewer after a short time.
So, this will have its applications but most will stick to their standard keyboards. I have to admit, however, every time I hear the name I think of Transformers and Optimus Prime, not a keyboard.