Monday, February 25, 2008

Innovations prior to Artlebedev

This article is related to the "Innovations from Artlebedev".

It seems that Apple just release a patent regarding an OLED featuring keyboard, just few days before the Maximus shipping keyboard from Artlebedev.

This fact is upsetting me, since Apple is not creating anything better for the public, but instead, is stealing ideas.
You've heard about iPhone. Crap.
You've seen the iTouch device (the player device that should be INSIDE the iPhone).
You're using an iPod and/or related cousins and brothers from the biggest to the smallest one. All crap.
MacBook Air? Even bigger CRAP.

Anything else? All G-don't-know-what-number computers: CRAP (since their price is 2 to 5 times bigger than an usual PC).

And now they are "inventing" something similar to the Optimus Maximus keyboard?
They must be joking. But in this world, don't matter who's stealing from whom, it matters the releasing date of the patent.

You now what? How about a german company who was manufacturing OLED keyboards since 1993? Really, they have.

A keyboard with similar functions as Maximus have, called the 205PRO, features 20×20 pixel monochrome LCD function keys was manufactured by United Keys. The patent for this "Display Keyboard" is held by inventor Elkin Acevedo.

However, the first programmable LCD keyboard was developed in the mid-1980s in Germany. This keyboard, sold under the LCBoard name in the U.S. until 1999, contained many of the features of the Optimus keyboard including monochrome graphic icons on each keyboard key, macro programming, context sensitive and application dependent switching between functions.