The Asus Eee Keyboard has been making the rounds at trade shows for 10 months, but Asus is still putting the finishing touches on this computer-in-a-keyboard and it probably won’t be available until early 2010. But Sascha and Nicole from Netbook News got a chance to spend some time with the latest version of the keyboard recently, and it looks like Asus has packed some pretty nifty new features in the machine.
The Eee Keyboard features a low pwoer Intel Atom processor, a relatively small solid state disk, and a touchscreen display. But it’s not really meant to be used as a standalone computer. Rather, you can connect it to a TV using a VGA, HDMI, or wireless HDMI connection.
Asus recently added a Broadcom HD decoder which allows the Eee Keyboard to handle 720p and 1080p HD video playback. The company also seems to have spruced up the software a bit, and Nicol demonstrates in the video how you can use the touchscreen to control a cursor on your TV screen, or hit a button to bring up an application that lets you read the news or interact with other widgets directly on the keyboard itself.
You can check out the video after the break. The Eee Keyboard demo starts about 2 minutes in.