Asus Eee Keyboard to hit in October
The ultra-cool Asus Eee Keyboard with wireless HDMI is about to hit your loungeroom.
Back during CES in Las Vegas this January, I was meandering around the Asus booth when they whipped out the cool Eee Keyboard for me to check out. The device looked cool with its sleek form factor and integrated touchscreen display on the side. It reminded me a lot of the Commodore and Tandy computers from my youth honestly (in execution anyway).
Gizmodo reports that the launch date for the Eee Keyboard has been confirmed for October. The slick device is also getting a new and exceptionally handy feature that wasn't mentioned at CES -- wireless HDMI. Yeah, that means the Eee Keyboard will be able to connect to your big screen form across the room sans wires. Of course, it's yet to be seen what wireless frequency the keyboard will transmit in and whether that will require special regulatory approval in Australia. Intel's Wireless USB standard, which uses similar wideband frequencies to hit hundreds of megabits a second, hasn't taken off around the world due to the delays and complexity involved with dealing with radio frequency regulators. Let's hope the wireless HDMI on the Eee Keyboard doesn't suffer the same fate, because this is one of the most truly innovative computing products we've seen for a long time.
The Eee Keyboard
features a 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, storage will be to a 16GB or a 32GB SSD, and 802.11n Wi-Fi will be integrated as well. The Eee Keyboard has an internal battery of some sort, but how long said battery will last is unknown. The price for the device is said to be $US400 to $US500 ($US463 - $580).