A keyboard from the tannery

Leather keyboard defies logic--and aesthetics.

Akihabara News

Of all the computer gear that seems destined to be made of natural materials, the keyboard is first on the list. Versions in ivory , gold, and several models in wood are only a few examples.

But here's one that tops all of those, at least in its weirdness quotient: It's made of leather. Japanese artist Kazuharu Sakura has tried his hand at other unconventional designs , but those were made of more or less standard materials. This bovine version appears to be one of those art pieces created primarily for shock value--it's about as unattractive as it is impractical.

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