Introducing The Key
Good artists copy. Great artists steal. Greatest artists copy, then paste.
Simplicity. Elegance. Form. Function.
Today marks a new beginning for programmers around the world. Stack Overflow is proud to unveil our first venture into hardware, The Key™.
They say good artists copy, but great artists steal. They were wrong. Great artists, developers, and engineers copy. Then they paste.
Every day, millions of innovators and creators across the globe move society and industry forward by copy-pasting code from Stack Overflow. But for too long, this process has been stuck in the past.
Say goodbye to cramped fingers, sore wrists, and wasted movement. Say hello to The Key™, a device built from the ground up to make copy-pasting code from Stack Overflow fast, painless, and fun.
Our keyboard is made of 100% machine milled plastic sourced from the rarest polyurethane plants.
The switches underneath each keycap have been rigorously tested to ensure the optimal finger feel and smooth action.
What happens when you press a keyboard? It clicks. Every day you’re working on a computer, you’re hearing thousands of clicks. Millions of clicks shape your experience each year.
Our click’s volume and tone were crafted by sampling the natural wonder of song bird chirps. We run that audio data through cutting edge deep learning systems to produce a sound that is optimized to improve productivity and mood.
Each key cap has been precisely etched using industrial grade lasers normally reserved for diamond cutting and quantum fusion drives.
The Key™ is compatible with virtually any computing device. From a Raspberry Pi to a high end gaming rig, cutting edge copy-paste is within your reach.
For now, The Key™ is a stand alone device, but in the future, it will unlock an ecosystem of creativity. Our R&D department is already at work on incorporating virtual, augmented, and uncanny reality into the roadmap.
The Key is available for pre-order now! Be the first to get yours.
UPDATE: There has been a lot of interest in purchasing a real life version of our prank. The good news is we anticipated this might happen and we’ve been working on something along these lines. Stay tuned for more!
UPDATE 2: The Key is actually, for real available for pre-order. Our original production line sold out in six hours, so please be patient.Tags: April 1, double take, pasta
I’m not sure if there’s an Internet-wide April Fool’s Ranking, but this is the best one I’ve seen in a while. Thanks for starting my day off with a laugh.
It’s actually a great idea, cool gift you could see as a prize on many podiums.
I am searching online to purchase it, Damn it should been a real device, Seems very cool to me. These stack overflow key is proud thing for me to have.
I was going to purchase it too
May be one of the greatest pranks ever pulled.
Joke’s on you, I would actually buy this
Seriously, I want one. Can’t you make it available?
I want one 🙂
ha ha, very funny 😉
Someone already revealed this joke on /r/programmerHumor, so unfortunately I was spoiled, but I still had to click “learn more” for myself just to see how far you would go. This is WAY more original than *some* of my code 😉
i laughed soo hard reading your comment
I want it right now
Well, after such description, i want it :DI WANT MY PRE ORDER WITH $50 DISCOUNT NOW 😀
Take my money
Is it wrong that I actually want to build this macropad now? ☺️
Where is the buy link? Don’t make me 3D print this myself. Srsly I want the keyboard.
I don’t care if it’s an april fools joke. I want one!
Man, you just triggered me! and now I wanna one of those so bad 🙁
Just received one, shipping time was quick, product quality very high. Overall, very satisfied!
Oh man, you guys got me. I thought you sold out 😂
great april prank ! haha, nearly had a stroke when I saw I had limited copy/paste action in stackoverflow…
Can you please make it a real product?
I NEED IT!
I got mine, thanks!
I want that one!!!!. plz give me meawๆ
Best April fool 😀
Where can I get one?
Just ordered — can’t wait to receive mine. Are you planning to add any different sounds in the future? I’d love one optimized to increase my energy, as sleep is currently interfering with my schedule.
Thanks in advance!
Seems Ben posted this a day early (March 31, 2021).
I’ll order 2, copy/paste it with the other one and resell them to infinity! This thing is genius
The internet never fails to amuse me.
Will a left handed version be available?
I know that it’s a joke, but I want it!
Jokes on you. I use Ctrl+I to copy and Ctrl+. to paste.
Hahahaha 😀 You made my day!
Whhhatt loll!! No! I hope this is a joke 😀
Wait a minute. You mean I have to have this extra dongle on my desk to cut and paste with stack overflow? I have a wireless keyboard! Now I have to deal with USB cables again. It will take me at least until April 1, 2022 to get used to this. Uh…. Oh… right…. April 1st. Got me. Some days I’ll believe just about anything. This must be one of them.
Can I please buy this? Like… please?
I followed the link to the pre-order, but when I try it there is a pop-up saying it is a joke. I think their pre-order page has been hacked! Please fix it so I can complete my order
Thanks for catching this. The ordering process has been fixed. Enjoy your new “The Key” board!
I ordered one, where is my the shipment now??
Not gonna lie, they had me in the first half!
I thought stackoverflow is going to make copy-paste a paid functionality, I was ready to give them a piece of my mind!
I would love one of these for my desk. Even if it was 3D printed and non-functional.
Now I want one
a bad idea 👎 . It is unbelievable how things can get so weird even in the 21st century. I guess this is a useless product that contributes to polluting the planet with more plastic, which is something we don’t need.
seriously, where can i get it? I need it !!
Sometimes I wish you could actually buy an april fools joe b/c their so funny
Take my money!!
But I want ittttt!!!!
You totally got me. I had my mouth open for 5 minutes, wrote to a couple friends, before realizing.
You’re the best
Good artists copy.
Great artists steal.
Greatest artists copy, then paste.
God like artists run rm -rf and change *destory* the world.
Why not add a button as “rm -rf”, so everyone can change *destory* the world. LOL
I actually fell for that, but then I realized that I can still paste…
Please atleast make it as merchandise… Love the design.
Yeah, make it and I’ll buy it. I’m serious.
please count my all copy paste from paste and send me mail of total amount. 🙂
i need 6 hours to know that this is april fool as i read the comment section :”’))))
AHAHAH. I got sooo fucking mad when I tried copying and I got a message saying that I only had two copies remaining. Thank god that was a prank.
Good joke! ))))))))))
Have a nice day from Russia!
lolz… you got me! 😀 😀
so it was a prank hmmmm!
Hahahah it was creative. I carefully examined the popup before clicking on it to check if it was a spam. Not sure if it was, googled it and it brought me here.
Ahah, that’s genius. I first got mad when I saw the little copy/pasta notification, then I remembered we were on April 1st.
Now you’re talking – free food too?!
I was wanting to order a couple of these keyboards for some clients. It would fit them perfectly and save me many hours:) Some clients cannot handle a board full of keys. All they need is copy / paste /off…
I mean, I’d buy it.
Honestly, I’d buy several for some of my former colleagues. You should make them.
It doesn’t even say if it’s Brown or Blue switches ffs
When someone posts an April fools joke and you believe it can be a real product… *sweeting intensely*
Seriously, this can be a real gag gift. Even better if it actually works. You can have expansions like Ctrl +Z / Y… Sold separately 😉
If you missed it, you can see how the prank looked like in action here:
Wow… I fell for it 😂😂😂
Didn’t realise the date when the notification popped up about my remaining copy and pastes, hahahaha. Couldn’t believe it was being implemented. doh!
Love it! Well done SO, you got me 👏👏👏
Really funny… how can stackoverflow confuse us so much to buying something that, if real, may cost 100$+, won’t it?!
So the prank is not prank anymore. That hurts 😀
All my students should buy one. This would prevent them from having finger cramps.