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maX_Andrews
10-19-2006, 07:56 PM
Art Lebedev, maker of the Optimus mini-three LCD screen input device, and the optimus lcd keyboard, have released details on a new device they call the "upravlator." It is a 3x3 grid of small OLED panels, each with toggle buttons affixed internally. The upper left square effects to context of the other 8 buttons, allowing for an organized way to visually and tactily interact with interface elements and content:

http://www.engadget.com/2006/10/19/here-comes-the-upravlator/

http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadget.com/media/2006/10/upravlator-2-final.jpg

http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadget.com/media/2006/10/upravlator-2-side.jpg
http://www.blogsmithmedia.com/www.engadget.com/media/2006/10/upravlator-2-3d.jpg

Dennik
10-19-2006, 08:48 PM
Eh, whats the point of having physical programmable buttons when you can have virtual programmable buttons on any kind of touch screen???

SheepFactory
10-19-2006, 09:17 PM
Aside from looking nice this has no use whatsoever. And the insanely high prices dont help either. The three button one was what $250 or so?

Ls3D
10-19-2006, 09:24 PM
This thing, don't need it. Now that keyboard they are some day going to release, well that I will take a good look at.

-Shea

EnlightenedPixel
10-20-2006, 12:48 AM
I could deffinately see this being worth buying. It looks like the buttons can be touched on the edges in order to scroll through several options per square.

maX_Andrews
10-20-2006, 06:32 AM
Provided it's not too expensive I'd consider getting one, primarily for use with photoshop, i.e. mapping actions and favorite brush presets, color correction, etc. Would be a real time saver.
The design is simple enough (standard lcd panels with shared one-piece backlight, mechanical toggle switches) that it could have a price point of around $500-$700, which is very reasonable for the market this is aimed at. Hell, for that price I'd get them to buy me three for work :)

LucentDreams
10-22-2006, 08:13 AM
it jsut doesn't make sense in a production standpoint, but marketing, oh man having this at a counter for a video demonstration at your siggrpah booth, 8 movies plpayin in the little lcd screens and then pushing one to place that movie full screen on a large monitor, that could be cool

RockinAkin
10-22-2006, 04:51 PM
They've gotta quick working on this other stuff and get that damned keyboard out! :D

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