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Brief Published: 31 Jan 2013

E-inkey Computer Keyboard Concept

An innovative computer keyboard concept, designed by Russian duo Maxim Menzentsev and Aleksander Suhih, uses e-ink technology to provide a customised experience. 

Each key is a tiny e-ink screen that changes depending on the task being completed. They can switch between displaying different alphabets, special characters or command shortcuts for various programs. 

Similar keyboards have previously been developed using OLED technology, but the use of e-ink means the keyboard requires far less power, which also enables it to be wireless. 

E-ink was once the preserve of e-readers, but given the potential of this low-energy display, it is no surprise it is now being developed for other products. To see more ways in which e-ink is being utilised, see the Stylus thread on the launch of the E-ink Phone by Onyx International and the CES 2013 report, which also covers other key innovations in consumer electronics. 

Maxim Menzentsev 

Aleksander Suhih