There are many unique and interesting products coming from Kickstarter and similar platforms, many of which never see the light of day however here’s an interesting one that has actually been released. Introducing the Flux Keyboard from an Australian startup Flux Group who has combined a mechanical keyboard with an integrated display.
Yesterday the Australian group launched the Flux Keyboard which had previously been a Kickstarter campaign which racked up its goal of AU$200,000 in just 8 minutes and AU$1 million just 4 hours later. The gimmick of this keyboard is that it contains a fully embedded display within a mechanical keyboard.
The Flux Keyboard’s display gives its users the ability to show any icon or character that the user desires on each transparent key, allowing the display of different languages, application-specific shortcuts and styles. Any image, video or even reactive animations can be made into a background on the full high-definition IPS display.
Instead of traditional mechanical switches or rubber domes found on the majority of keyboards on the market, the Flux Keyboard uses Flux’s Maglev switches which rely on magnets alone to provide the return mechanism. This results in an ultra-low friction operation and can provide a tactile or linear feel.
Each key also has a user-adjustable actuation point which allows for up to 0.1mm of precision thanks to the Flux Keyboard’s hall effect sensors. The hall effect sensors are ideal for gamers and provide the Flux Keyboard with a polling rate of 1,000hz, a response time of 1-2 milliseconds and rapid-trigger functionality.
The keys are contained within a frame that users can easily swap between linear and tactile switches or to assist in cleaning underneath the keys.
The Flux Keyboard features a series of modules that can be added or removed along its top length in any combination, providing users with additional customisability and tactile ways to interact with their desired applications and streamline workflows. These modules include:
• Triple Key Module, which features 3 extra customizable keys
• Side Dial Module, which features one large dial and a rocker switch
• Triple Dial Module, which features 3 Dials surrounded by a display
• Passive Module, which features a window to view information on the display
• 75% keyboard layout in ANSI or ISO format
• 1920 x 1080 IPS display
• 1,000hz polling rate
• 1-2ms response time
• USB C or USB A connection
• Windows 10/11 and macOS 11+ compatibility, limited Linux compatibility
This keyboard is incredibly unique and with such an interesting and unique keyboard also demands a high cost. The Flux Keyboard is available for pre-order on Kickstarter for a price of $349/$525 AUD. I would love to check this keyboard out and considering how popular the Kickstarter was, plenty of others are keen as well.
What do you think of the Flux Keyboard? Let us know in the comments.
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