Corsair and Cherry have teamed up to demonstrate Cherry's new MX RGB Project key switches, which allow for per-key RGB colour backlighting.
Cherry MX RGB key switches mounted in a Corsair K70 keyboard.
Cherry announced its MX RGB switches
last week. The switches aim to simplify and improve the experience of having LED-backlit keys by using a transparent body and incorporating a lens to focus the light produced by LEDs mounted below the switch.
Cherry's product developer Karl-Heinz Müller said at the time of that announcement that, "With our newly developed MX RGB switch, key symbols can be evenly illuminated not only in the widest variety of brightness levels but also in up to 16.7 million different colours. Our new concept of light conductance was implemented through the use of new materials and several patent-pending technical solutions. This innovative, technical concept was implemented only in conjunction with manufacturing processes and sophisticated tool concepts constantly optimised over many years.
Now Corsair and Cherry have teamed up to demonstrate the keys in action, using a modified version of Corsair's excellent Corsair K70
Originally it was suggested the RGB system would be applied to all existing types of Cherry switches but so far the RGB Project keyboard has only been specified with Cherry Red, Brown and Blue switches.
The concept certainly looks impressive, though you can bet your bottom dollar the resulting keyboards will be expensive. No firm release date or exact products have yet been announced but a vague H2 2014 date has been earmarked.
See the Cherry MX RGB in action below.