Finalmouse’s latest keyboard is basically a mini-TV for your hands
Because who needs a smartphone when you can just check your social media feeds on your keyboard?
Finalmouse, a niche gaming mouse creator, announced its latest product: a mechanical keyboard with a built-in screen.
The $349 Finalmouse Centerpiece is the shape of any standard keyboard, but that’s where the comparison ends.
Are you ready for it? The keyboard features a screen underneath the keys that can show videos or respond to key presses.
How it’s different is that the key switches are mechanical.
As a result, Finalmouse will offer two variants, a standard linear Cherry MX-style switch and a hall effect switch that utilizes magnets for actuation.
While regular switches only have an on-and-off state, the hall effect enables analog input.
In any case, Finalmouse’s hall effect keyboard switch has the ability to convey a range of information, similar to the triggers on a gaming controller.
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Unfortunately, the company hasn’t said if the hall effect switches are set up for analog input. It’s possible they are using them to register digital on/off states.
Most importantly, the screen displays interactive animated visualizations. According to Finalmouse, the keyboard can store three skins at one time and doesn’t require a program running on your PC to work.
Equally important, the skins are powered by Unreal Engine 5, thanks to the keyboard’s onboard CPU and GPU. Additionally, it’s a 65 percent layout, so you get arrow keys but no F-row.
The Finalmouse Centerpiece costs $349. Previous products have dropped as short-run, hard-to-get items, and we expect this keyboard will follow that pattern.
The company says it will release early next year.
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