Instead of boring, printed or laser etched legends on the keys of the Sonder keyboard, there is an eink display that can be changed indefinitely, meaning the keys on it can become almost any icon , and each key can be programmed to whatever you want.

In a shape and size not unlike Apple’s wireless keyboard, the Sonder can be connected to any PC, tablet or phone via Bluetooth and then configured to do whatever your heart desires. Separate profiles for the keyboard can change the layout depending on which program you use and when.

For example: you can switch to a layout of symbols and shortcuts for work in Photoshop, switch back to a regular layout to get some images from the web, and finally to a specialised layout for playing games.

To demonstrate; here is a collection of configurations on Sonder’s site:

Sonder 2
Games
Sonder 3
OS X
Sonder 4
Illustrator
Sonder 5
English / Manderin
Sonder 6
Photoshop

The keyboard is available to pre-order right now for $199 (R 2467.81) with a flat shipping rate (yes, even to our little part of the world) for $39 (R483.64).  At around R2 952 the Sonder is a very hard sell, especially because even the best mechanical keyboard on the market will cost less. It is also worth noting that it will actually cost $299 (R3 702.08) before shipping, as the reduced price is only for pre-orders.

If you’ve gotten his far and haven’t made up your mind as to whether you want this keyboard, then it probably isn’t for you. If you’ve gotten the gist of what this does, and something clicked and this is the product sent from heaven to perfectly cater to your needs, then you’re probably already ordering it and you’re already typing up a thank-you note to us as the last thing your old keyboard does before being thrown away.

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Clinton has been a programmer, engineering student, project manager, asset controller and even a farrier. Now he handles the maker side of htxt.africa.