Creative Prodikeys combined both types of keyboard in one

In the ingenious world of consumer electronics, we often have the thought "why didn't anyone think of that?" The Creative Prodikeys instead leads to the thought "why did someone think of that?" A MIDI controller keyboard and a typing keyboard all-in-one, it appears to have enjoyed several generations in the 1990s and 2000s. [via r/MechanicalKeyboards]

I covet this, and they're cheap on Amazon and eBay.

The marketing video gets lit 1m 15s in:

DOUBLE BASS.

The Prodikeys survived to the USB era, but there doesn't seem to be anything quite like it these days. Here's a mournful piano improvisation to help us lament the demise of this bland yet odd synth/controller:

Update: DUPE!

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  1. I remember seeing ads for those growing up. They seemed a bit impractical. Now I'd rather make a bracket system to hold my midi controller above my keyboard. I'm spoiled by having pitch and modwheels. :laughing:

    That guy can really finger drum. :blush:

  2. I've always wanted a chording-keyboard.

  3. Maybe it just works. Tempted!

  4. Yeah, let's focus on the safe please.

    WAIT A SEC! WHAT IF THE SAFE HAS A CREATIVE PRODIKEYS KEYBOARD/KEYBOARD INSIDE OF IT?!?

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