I remember in my younger years, I had an international student meeting at university, and when students went to the computer room, all I could hear were complaints about that stupid AZERTY keyboard. Later on, I also did some English to French translation work with a Thai/English keyboard, and it was a pain for some of the characters.
So would it be nice if there was a keyboard that could easily be reconfigured to match whatever layout you’d like to work with? That keyboard now exists. Meet Nemeio, a true international keyboard, that can be customized thanks to ePaper keys.
Nemeio comes with 81 mechanical transparent keys, backlight (since ePaper display can’t be seen in the dark), Bluetooth connectivity, as well as a USB-C for charging or connection to your PC via USB instead of Bluetooth, a USB Type-A port to charge other devices, a power on/off button, and two navigation buttons on the side to adjust brightness or select the profiles (Language, Publishing, Design, etc…). The battery is said to last 20 hours on a charge, mostly due to the power consumption from the backlight and Bluetooth since the E-ink display should not consume anything at all except when you change the layout. It can also be used as a USB keyboard so you may have to remember to charge it at all depending on your use case.
The keyboard works on Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android, and the company plans to investigate adding Linux compatibility after the launch. Nemeio also comes with software to select pre-defined layout, design customs layout and contextual switches. I understand if you change the keyboard language in Windows 10, the layout will automatically be adjusted on the ePaper keyboard.
Nemeio has just launched on Kickstarter and surpassed its $20,000 funding targets. If you ask me It’s pretty cool, but also pretty expensive as early bird rewards start at $241, and retail price will be $399 including VAT. Shipping adds 9 Euros, but they will only ship to selected countries, and delivery is expected to start in September 2021.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.