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I just bought a used computer (I'm typing this idea on it), and it came with a German keyboard, and gosh darn it I don't speak German, and its a bitch to get little stickers for the keys, and I don't know where to get them and what if I want a German keyboard some day? Well here's my idea, design a keyboard
where each key is actually a small epaper screen and you can change the keyboard through software and, since epaper doesn't need power, except to change, your keyboard is permenent until the next change.
No, not a Transformer - a keyboard! [neutrinos_shadow, Jul 15 2009]
Halfbakery: Liquid Crystal Keyboard
Same idea but with LCD. [jutta, Jul 21 2009]
||Baked, apart from the e-paper - Optimus Maximus uses OLEDs instead. I won't [mfd] as it's not widely known.
||"In order to extend the service life of the displays and avoid
using cables that may be vulnerable to wear, the screens
embedded in the keytops are fixedits only the transparent
caps that are pressed."
||But may be more difficult in an epaper application.
||but the best keyboards (ones you'd want to go through the bother of shifting over) have keycaps... well mine does: auld Model 'M' </geek>
||I have two cash register keyboards in my interesting-parts cupboard. Apart from the layout they are standard PS-2 keyboards. The keycaps are transparent and removable, and have space underneath them for a small slip of paper on which can be printed or handwritten the appropriate notation.