Japanese industrial design company Minebea have created the greatest looking piece of computer equipment ever. It’s glossy, has much tech bling, is completely function and it’s a keyboard. The product of legendary designer Dr. Kazuo Kawasaki – professor at Osaka University who had been Apple design director in early 1990s – the Cool Leaf will go on retail sale in japan on May 13. English variants of the keyboard will be release in July.
The surface of the keyboard is completely smooth with a mirror finish. When the keyboard is turned on the key labels light up to reveal the keyboards layout, the Leaf springs to life. The display is driven by a backlight which sends light through some very special plastic – light guide – which directs light evenly to the surface. The surface itself is made up of a series of touch sensitive layers, with individual layers using both capacitance and load pressure to detect key presses. The touch surface is able to sense multiple touches at once allowing such Windows classics as CTRL-ALT-DEL – or whats wrong with this damn machine -.