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Sonder Customisable Keyboard Changes the Display of the Keys



/ 1 year ago

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The most used input device of a modern-day computer is the keyboard. Most of you out there use it on a daily basis and have become quite proficient with the QWERTY layout. Or maybe you prefer the Dvorak keyboard layout. This yet to be released keyboard from Sonder lets you customise your layout yourself. This includes not just letters, but emoji, shortcuts, icons for anything you want.

Customisable things are great, it means you can get them just the way that you want them. This is true for keyboards especially. Customising keyboard keys is usually having some dedicated macro keys that you can record your own key strokes and replay them whenever you want. This works fine, but most keyboards of this ilk are large and ungainly. This is where Sonder step in. 50 of its 78 keys are fully customisable, I don’t mean just what they do, but the way they look. The device is home to an e-ink screen which expands across all of the 50 customisable transparent keys.

This falls right in the ballpark of adolescent girls that only communicate with emoji. Each key could actually show the emoji on the key itself. However, this is a bit of a niche market, so what else could this be used for.

Well, imagine the myriad of short-cut combinations that programs like Photoshop use. You could switch the layout of the keyboard to display dedicated keys for all of your most used tools so you no longer have to remember every combination for every tool.

Sonder PS

Now you have finished your day of productivity, you want to relax with a bit of gaming. Well, switch the keyboard over to display the controls for your favourite shooter. Instead of remembering your pistol is bound to the ‘3’ key, you can have a little picture of your weapon on the actual key.

Sonder HL

Even though all these pictures show the command key of the Mac, the developers have said that they are working on a Windows version. This keyboard isn’t available yet, but you can pre-order one for $199 from the official website. The price if you don’t pre-order will be $299 upon release. The developers are planning to set up a Kickstarter campaign later this year to fund the project. It is unclear if the developers have the ability or money to put this into full production without the Kickstarter, so it may be beneficial to hold off on the pre-orders until more details are known.


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  • Eoin Mc Namara

    “If you want to enjoy some gaming…on a Mac”
    On a Mac
    A Mac
    Gaming
    Mac

    • Francis Serra-Martins

      G’day , thanks for the message, we’re also developing native pc support too. P.s I’m one of the engineers.

      • Eoin Mc Namara

        Take a look people everywhere. This is a dedicated man to the customer.
        I am wondering if this keyboard comes in the UK layout? Because I like the idea of the PC version, and I’m grabbing a new keyboard soon, so maybe it could be this one!
        Thanks anyway!

        • Francis Serra-Martins

          Haha, it’s a project of passion for our team. We weren’t expecting press quite so early but please subscribe at our website if you want to keep posted. P.s we’re definitely doing a uk library, if you have any suggestions for other layouts for programs or languages to include in the Sonder library please drop me a message.

  • gogul808

    wireless ? or maybe both(detachable lead ) would be nice . also what about a matching mouse ?

    • Francis Serra-Martins

      It will indeed, for further details drop by Sonderdesign.com. Cheers mate!