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Fairlight Ships Transformational Interactive Keyboard

SERIAL INNOVATOR, FAIRLIGHT, SHIPS TRANSFORMATIONAL, INTERACTIVE KEYBOARD THAT COULD CHANGE HUMAN-MEDIA INTERACTION

“Better than OLED” keyboard can run full motion video on the keys;

Can cascade submenus to make teaching, training and operation easier than ever before.

SYDNEY AUSTRALIA, November 14, 2007 — With the recent launch of its Xynergi digital production center, Fairlight has not simply fundamentally altered the way that media professionals interact with content, the company is also offering the global computing industry a new transformational keyboard technology. The new keyboard technology can change contextually on-the-fly and allows implementation of elegant cascading submenu trees, animated status indicators and enables icon driven menus on its keys!

The Fairlight keyboard is currently shipping as a component of the Fairlight Xynergi media production center which includes a hardware acceleration engine and professional-grade audio mixing and editing software.

According to Fairlight CEO, John Lancken, the new key switch technology advances interaction between people and media by guiding the next step in menu-driven applications. This is achieved with or by transforming keys using icons or any of 600 available Microsoft fonts. “The keyboard switching technology eliminates an entire series of synapses that would otherwise be required to navigate from inspiration to execution,” Lancken said today. “Beyond digital audio and video, there are tremendous applications for these switches in industrial computing, distance learning, technology training, traditional teaching, trading desk, network operation, quick service restaurants, retail and wherever people and information co-exist.”

The controller can support any type of language or icon driven menu structure with an ‘on-demand‘ QWERTY keyboard for routine naming tasks and immediate access to MS Office™ tools such as email, Word™ and Excel™. The controller also features eight touch-sensitive rotary controllers and multiple soft keys arranged around a color control zone known as the “pad.”

The patent pending design allows full colour video displays to be accommodated within a mechanical key switch. The switch has the same size and similar mechanical feel to those found in computer QWERTY keyboards. Other shapes and sizes may be developed in the future for different applications, but even now the technology is widely regarded as having the potential to spawn a whole new generation of computer input devices.

Fairlight believes QWERTY keyboards composed of picture keys could be manufactured in volume and sold at an attractive price to high end PC users including gamers, software developers and gadget enthusiasts. Application developers could simplify their user interfaces by showing layouts of ctrl and SHIFT commands.

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media creation tools including digital audio recording, editing and mixing systems for standard and high definition audio post, broadcast and music production applications. Fairlight’s DREAM II family includes Satellite, StationPlus, Constellation-XT, HD Factory and Anthem. The DREAM II series is powered by Fairlight‘s breakthrough CC-1 technology, the world‘s first FPGA based media processing engine which introduces Dynamic Resolution Optimization and delivers previously unattainable price performance gains together with unprecedented speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The platform sets the benchmark in low latency processing.

Complementing DREAM II is Fairlight’s Pyxis family, which offers a comprehensive choice of integrated or stand-alone Standard and High Definition video products whilst Fairlight’s MediaHub workflow tools provide a complete media management solution for audio and video networking.

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