E-inkey Keyboard is The Best Keyboard Idea Ever

Have you ever had trouble remember which keys on your keyboard were assigned to what special character then the E-inkey Keyboard concept might be just what you need.


Yanko Design is back again today with another concept design that we’ll probably never see on the market. The E-inkey Keyboard concept is based on the look and feel of Apple’s iconic keyboard, only it adds a trick that Apple isn’t yet using. Like the Optimus Maximus keyboard, all of the keys on this concept design have a tiny screen integrated into the surface. But while that other keyboard used OLED screens, the E-inkey Keyboard concept uses E-ink screens.


It’s still only a concept design, but the simple replacement of one screen tech for another could mean a lower energy cost because the E-ink keys would not need to draw power to maintain an image. Theoretically this design concept should be possible to replicate on mobile keyboards like Apple’s or on laptop keyboards.

I don’t expect to see it, though. This would likely be a very expensive piece of hardware as well as difficult to build. Even if it was successfully funded via pre-orders (Kickstarter here my plea), I’m not sure that the technical bugs could be worked out.

But I still want one.

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. ucfgrad9330 January, 2013

    That looks pretty cool. If it comes to fruition, I might buy it depending on the price.

  2. Void30 January, 2013

    Dammit I knew I should have patented this idea. But I thought the existence of the optimums would make it “obvious”.

    Either way, I want this. This would be so useful for typing in multiple languages.

  3. Xendula30 January, 2013

    I have been dreaming about one of this for years. I write in different languages, with different characters and accents, so it would be great to be able to switch between 5 different language keyboards with the push of a button – or design my own keyoard – get rid of keys I don’t use, create keys like .com/.whatever, etc.

  4. Kaz Augustin30 January, 2013

    It only takes months for me to wear out a keyboard. I would LOVE something like this. And, while expensive now, costs may come down enough in the future to make this a viable product. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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