Das Keyboard today demoed 5Q, the world’s first cloud-connected keyboard. Das Keyboard 5Q with its connected software suite called Q, allows information like email activity, project status, stock quotes, and sports updates to be color-coded and displayed on the keyboard keys.
The 5Q software includes:
- A dashboard for real-time keyboard key color visualization of information coming from the Internet into the 5Q. Information can be coming from IFTTT, Zapier, or any cloud applications with a public API.
- Mode illumination, which allows the 5Q’s LEDs to be individually controlled.
- Color effects that can be applied to the entire keyboard (e.g.: wave, breathe, ripple effects, etc.)
- Lighting profiles that can be shared with others in a community-driven marketplace.
- A desktop REST API that allows programmers to directly control the light colors with their own scripts.
In addition, Das Keyboard is developing a 5Q community-driven marketplace where developers can share their open source Q apps.
On the hardware side, the Das Keyboard 5Q offers technologies including:
- Extra-bright RGB backlighting electronics called Das Keyboard RGB+ with custom surface-mount LEDs, optimized lens and ultra-clear light guide — making the 5Q keyboard many times brighter than any other RGB keyboard currently on the market.
- New Gamma-Zulu mechanical switch developed by Das Keyboard and Omron (Japan), with 1.5mm actuation point and can withstand 100 million actuations — 100 percent more durable than standard mechanical switches.
- Real-Time One (RTO) analog technology detects key presses in 0.4 milliseconds and reports it to the computer in 1 millisecond — up to 45 times faster than other keyboards.
- Oversized Q button, also a volume knob, activates the Das Keyboard Q software
The Das Keyboard 5Q is currently available for pre-orders at $229.