It can get confusing, trying to remember which keys are used for which shortcuts in which programs. That's why Australian startup Sonder Design developed the Sonder keyboard. Utilizing e-ink technology, all of its letter, number and function keys can change appearance and function, depending on the application being used.
The Sonder isn't the first e-ink keyboard we've seen. Jaasta claims to be developing one, while Art. Lebedev's Optimus Popularis can already be purchased – albeit for US$1,500. By contrast, the Sonder can currently be pre-ordered for $199, with a planned retail price of $350.
As suggested by its designers, the Sonder could do things such as operating in a DVORAK layout, displaying Chinese or other non-Phoenician characters, displaying game- or program-specific icons, or allowing for the creation of custom macros.
The keyboard is claimed to work with PCs, Macs and all types of tablets and smartphones, connecting via Bluetooth. As an added bonus, its keys also light up in the dark.
Users will reportedly be able to store their custom layouts in the cloud, along with accessing an online library of layouts and functions made available by other users. Before the device heads to large-scale production, however, Sonder Design is planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign later this year. Potential backers can register for updates via the company website, linked below.
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