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Apple OLED Keyboard Patent

Apple OLED Keyboard Patent

Posted January 3, 2008 at 2:01pm by iClarified
AppleInsider has found a newly published patent application which indicates Apple is developing an OLED-based model where key arrangements are altered on the fly by software.

The invention proposes a radical new keyboard design, where the face of each key is comprised of a matrix of tiny lights -- or organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) -- that illuminate characters based on instructions from software, therefore allowing for dynamic keyboard layouts that can be tailored on the fly for specific regions or applications.

The March 13, 2007 patent filing is credited to Apple engineers Gavin Reid and Eric Smith.

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FernandoColaco - January 7, 2008 at 3:09am
This is not new. Optimus keyboard is commercialized for a while now and was very popular while in concept stage way before. I am an apple user (not religious one) and satisfied but I really don't like this attitude, similar to the "apple invented the mouse". The keyboard I talk about is here http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/ and they are working in a new touchscreen one (same concept, next step).
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