Sunday, February 5

This glass mechanical keyboard has a whole computer | Digital Trends Spanish

PC accessories brand Finalmouse has announced a mechanical keyboard unique with detailed animated images that can be displayed from under the transparent glass keys. That’s right, you read that correctly.

Finalmouse Centerpiece Keyboard Reveal

While many keyboards may include moving RGB LED lights as a fun design, the Finalmouse Centerpiece keyboard features “interactive skins” that are generated through Unreal Engine 5, the 3D computer graphics game engine.

There is a screen at the bottom of the keyboard switches that projects the skin scenes for you to see. One skin features koi fish swimming around, and if you press a key they swim out of sight. Others include cracking ice, the Eye of Sauron, a grazing lion, a galaxy, clouds, a flying spaceship, and cherry blossoms, among many others.

Finalmouse has yet to share spec details about the display, such as the exact size, brightness, resolution or refresh rate, according to Ars Technica.

The keyboard is also powered by its own CPU and GPU, so your system resources are separate from the devices you’re connected to, according to Finalmouse.

Artists are also expected to be able to submit skins on the company’s Steam app called The Freethinker Portal and even have a chance at monetization. Few details about the app are known, other than that it will be available for people to download layouts and that the Centerpiece keyboard can store up to three layouts and switch between them via a dedicated switch on the side of the peripheral. In particular, you don’t have to leave the animations on all the time. The keyboard also includes a brightness knob on its side that doubles as an on/off switch.

The glass material used in the Finalmouse core keyboard is the DisplayCircuit laminated glass stack, which runs over an aluminum chassis. Despite its materials, Finalmouse said users shouldn’t have a problem with the keyboard’s durability.

A unique design of the Finalmouse Centerpiece mechanical keyboard.

The keyboard has also been described as having a unique typing sound comparable to “smooth marble raindrops”, however this has yet to be tested by hand to confirm. In terms of other mechanical switch specs, the keyboard is based on Gateron’s black ink linear switches, which have 4 millimeters of travel and actuate with 60 grams of force, according to Finalmouse.

The brand said it has plans to release an analog version of the Finalmouse Centerpiece keyboard with Hall effect sensors.

The peripheral will be available early next year selling for $350.

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