So I've been using this wooden keyboard for the Macbook Pro Unibody product for a couple weeks now. They're essentially wooden with adhesive underneath, and created by RAWBKNY, a classy high-design accessory manufacturer out of Brooklyn who we've looked at before. Some cool dudes, apparently, making accessories out of natural products like wood and leather.
Although marketed as a "wooden keyboard," I think wooden keys is a more appropriate term. Each piece of rosewood or bamboo is cut to the exact shape fo the corresponding key. There's a single huge caveat: you lose your backlight capability.
Not to be deterred, the RAWBKNY guys decided to craft a better solution, and are running a Kickstarter campaign to fully fund the new backlit design.
This new design is perfect - each key is now laser-cut to allow the backlight to shine through (even the caps lock indicator works!). The natural feeling of the wooden keys under your fingers is actually quite nice - a surprising move from hard plastic. The screen isn't bothered at all.
The Kickstarter is only 16 days from being completed, with over $10,000 of their $25,000 goal met. You can grab one of these stands for a discount off the price they'll retail for, or get one of many other perks (iPhone 5 case? sure!).
One really cool feature of the new one (which I would have loved when putting these things on, ha) is a little jig they include to put around each key as you're placing the actual wood piece. Getting perfect alignment was tough, and once or twice I thought I was going to pull out an actual key while trying to move the wood ones around (I didn't). This little jig goes around the key, and allows you to place the wood key on exactly as it should be. Thanks, guys. Little touches that improve user experience are appreciated!
Be sure to head over to the Kickstarter and support, good design deserves it!