So you’ve seen some strange computer mice, now check out our list of the “Top 10 Strangest Keyboards”. Which ones are your favorites?
10. CK-104LW-PSU LED Keyboard
If you like typing in the dark, then check out Sauvage’s CK-104LW-PSU LED keyboard. It features LED-illuminated keys that can be turned on/off at the push of a button. Here’s what Bruce Eaton has to say:
The CK-104LW-PSU LED Keyboard has an option that I, in my research of other LED keyboards, have yet to see listed as a feature: an ON/OFF switch.
9. RAZER Keyboard with iPod Dock
RAZER will soon release a new keyboard with an integrated iPod dock. All the standard features – such as programmable keys and USB 2.0 connectivity – should be there. Other specifications have not yet been released. [Source]
8. Bamboo Keyboard
Out of the thousands of keyboards being offered now, this is the first one one we found that’s made of bamboo. This ultradurable 104-key USB keyboard weighs just 1.87lb and is compatible with Windows powered systems.[Source]
7. Lenovo’s Waterproof Keyboard
Lenovo recently demonstrated their new waterproof keyboard technology at the Lenovo Innovation Center in China. Even after having a full cup of water poured on its keys, the device continues to function. More pics after the jump.
Not much is known about the high-tech shenanigans going on inside the keyboard to keep the circuitry running (we suspect nanobots), but it’s clear from the pics that you can dump over a cup of water onto it with seemingly no negative effects.
6. Optimus Keyboard
One look at the Optimus and you know you’re dealing with something different. This innovative keyboard has customizable OLED keys — program them to launch applications or as hot keys and use your own icons/animations/pictures for a personal touch. [Source]
5. ElekTex Smart Fabric Keyboard
Want a full-sized keyboard that you can roll up and take anywhere? Than ElekTex’s Smart Fabric Keyboard is just what you’ve been looking for, its 100% fabric, water-repellent, and very light (2.4 ounces). It uses Bluetooth technology to connect with compatible devices and even comes with a PDA stand. An embedded LED displays keyboard and Bluetooth connectivity status.[Source]
The AlphaGrip is a gamepad-type device that’s also a fully functional keyboard and mouse. It boasts a trackball for mouse movement, an “organic design”, and a two-handed number pad.
With letters scientifically arranged, buttons on the AlphaGrip are designed to minimize finger movement for faster and more comfortable typing. AlphaGrip’s ‘automatic touch typing’ capabilities let you say goodbye to hunting and pecking. Ten-finger control also allows for high-speed gaming
3. Keyboard Tablecloth
Tonia Welter has a solution for those who want to keep their keyboard tidy. Introducing the “Keyboard Tablecloth”, a fully functional keybard with its electronics woven directly into the fabric which lay in between layers of water resistant felt.
The marriage of eating and tipping: the decorative tablecloth, made of felt, contains a textile keyboard
2. L3 WristPC Keyboard
This strange keyboard by L3 Systems fits like a glove and slightly resembles a Nintendo accessory from the 80’s. That’s not all, it features illuminated keys (optional) for use in poor lighting conditions.
Completely sealed, it can operate in the rain and other harsh environments. A curved back provides a secure and comfortable placement on the wrist. The keyboard layout is optimized to provide alphanumeric entry. Carefully positioned arrow keys ease menu-oriented tasks. The WristPC keyboard comes with an optional wrist strap to provide the capability of attaching it to your wrist
The Combimouse combines the functionality of a QWERTY keyboard and a full-fledged optical mouse into one device. Basically, when users touch a “Contact Switch” found in the right unit, it switches to mouse mode — I, O, J, K, L are used as mouse buttons. It’s powered by four AA batteries (two for each side) and features USB connectivity. Currently, Combimouse Pty Ltd has finished its prototype and is ready to commercialize the product. [Source]
Honorable Mention – Keyboard Shoes
These keyboard shoes were showcased at the “14th China International Clothing and Accessories Fair” in Beijing.
The computer keyboard shoes displayed above have just won the top prize in the sports category at the 6th Hong Kong Footwear Design Contest