Handmade art keyboards are beautiful and expensive

A Nishi-Ki handmade USB keyboard is a guaranteed stunner, graced with one of a selection of fantastic illustrations. At $155, however, that's a lot of cash for a commodity 86-key board. What is it about technology that inhibits appreciating examples of it that ask for a high premium in return for artistic quality? Expected obsolescence, perhaps? NISHI-KI Keyboard [GeekStuff4U via GeekSugar]

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7 Responses to Handmade art keyboards are beautiful and expensive

  1. Anonymous says:

    is possible to make keyboard like this?


    with some moore keys?

  2. Tenn says:

    Man, that green curly-cue one is fantastic. It would discourage anyone else from using my keyboard, too!

    Matthew- my sweat isn’t caustic, but it proliferates, and I bet it’d tear these apart too. I feel your pain.

  3. Frank_in_Virginia says:

    “…At $142,700,000, (Selling cost of Jackson Pollock’s ‘No. 5, 1948′) however, that’s a lot of cash for a commodity Stretched Linen Canvas…”

  4. capsteve says:

    the green curly-cue is a vine pattern for a traditional japanese wrapping cloth called “furoshiki”. when i was growing up in japan, just about every family had one of these wrapping cloths tucked away somewhere in the house. growing up i remember manga/cartoons dipicting thieves using them to carry their loot away. this image of thieves and this viney-furoshiki pattern is so prevelant, it’s still being used today… by the cops in osaka.

  5. Matthew Walton says:

    Perhaps it’s because after a week of typing on such a gorgeous keyboard, the artwork would have dissolved and the whole thing would be a mess due to my apparently caustic sweat. Ordinary keyboards show serious signs of wear after a month of me using them – I’d hate to think what it’d do to one of these beauties.

    Better for looking at than using, but what’s the point of tech you can’t use?

  6. Enochrewt says:

    The green curly cue one is sweet!

  7. Emmaatlaptopical says:

    How cute, I wouldn’t mind the Nishi-ki on my desk.

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