The human eye is capable of perceiving millions of colors, but all of those colors stem from the three primary colors, red, blue, and green. Most people know this in one form or another but did you know that of our 126 million rods and cones that see light and distinguish grey scale and differentiate color, only 6 million cones actually see color, and those are divided more or less equally between the primary colors. That leaves us with only 2 million cones for red, 2 million for green, and a final 2 for blue. Two million seems like a lot but compared to nearly 130 million you see it is not. Yet, somehow, color is one of the most important things humans have for visual cues. We use color to help determine the mood of other people. We use color to signal intent and to notify others of danger or safety. We use color to direct traffic. We use color for so many different things, I could never list them all.
One of the more important components of color, at least when viewed through the lens of society, is decoration. Humans are incredibly social animals and we use color to decorate everything, in an attempt to outdo or to attract other people to what we have done. People wear makeup and paint their faces to attract mates and feel more attractive. We create art, masterful combinations of colors which illicit feelings from a primal center of our minds. We use color to decorate even our cars and simple things which would still perform their function with no color at all but would be far duller and not nearly as pleasing. Take our computers, for example. Many people use LED lighting and custom paint jobs, sometimes even extravagant lighting using ultra violet light waves to create beautiful works of art out of a device which just a few years ago was strictly utilitarian and didn’t even have colors on screen. That same level of artistic beauty has come to computer peripherals, like the mouse and keyboard.
The Gigabyte Force K7 is a striking keyboard that utilizes blue and green backlighting to illuminate their silent gaming keyboard. The Force K7 by Gigabyte is a scissor switch style keyboard that allows for 5 million key presses, has anti-ghosting around the WASD cluster, allowing gamers to make more key presses simultaneously, and has a number of other features to entice the gaming community. The blue and green backlighting is able to be combined to create a cyan color; this is done with a simple press of the scroll wheel at the top of the keyboard which also controls light output levels. There is another scroll wheel next to that one which controls volume, rolling up increases volume and down decreases volume but a simple click of the wheel acts like a system mute. The function keys (F1-F12) serve as hot link function keys and perform tasks, such as instantly opening Facebook, Twitter, or the Google browser. The hotlink function keys also open up things like a calculator and ask manager, and work as media keys with a pause, play, skip, forward, and reverse keys. All of the keys themselves are low profile and have short travel distance before actuation.
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