EEE Keyboard: Sheet Metal of the Future
The EEE keyboard is the coolest flat strip of metal you will ever use.
Intel Atom internals are compacted into the metal case which has a full QWERTY keyboard with individually inset keys and a built-in touchscreen which can present windows desktop or a bunch of media controls. This thing is basically a fully functional PC all on its own.
To many, the design harks back to the home desktop computers of the 80s. There are a million little ports for you to play with: Ethernet ports, VGA ports, headphone ports, USB, HDMI ports, solid state storage, Wi-Fi connectivity, and more. Asus mentioned that they even plan to release some themed peripherals to work with the keyboard, but for now we can only guess at what they will be.
The biggest problem at the moment is the battery life (which only lasts about an hour due to all of the awesomeness). The EEE keyboard is only a prototype right now, so no doubt there will be some major improvements before it is ever released to the public. Asus plans to continue working on the product and hopes to achieve at least three hours of battery life in the keyboard.
All in all the design is sweet, the price should be fairly low, and it should be a fun little toy to tinker with. This isn’t going to revolutionize the way we see or use computer, but it can be a nice addition to any geek’s arsenal. Some great uses can come out of it if the touch screen features are open to hackers and third-party developers, we’ll have to wait and see how open Asus is to this.
Asus plans to ship the keyboard sometime around September 2009.
Pictures courtesy of RH.