That’s an $80 space filler… would be nice to know what you’d be paying for…
Also, as there’s a few rather interesting spacers on offer, will we be seeing keyboard frames or touchpad panels to match them at some stage? If you’re gonna pay for a look like that, you probably want all of it.
It’s a grid of LEDs. Personally, I think it’s mostly for “gamers” who feel a need for bling. Though, iirc Framework has said you may be able to program it to display useful info like battery level.
You can see it in this Linus video (timelink to 3m48s)
If you want to see more of the spacers you can also check out the video that was posted by The Verge where they show off the Framework 16 (and the fancy color changing spacers) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xq8rOlwW5Y
Between your reply and the details on the product page, it sounds like there are no LED matrix features or behaviors that will be working Out of the Box without additional customer effort, at least initially.
Perhaps I’m wrong. Can you elaborate on the “utility-like tools” and what features the LED Matrix will be able to do OOTB at launch, at least for Windows?
My interpretation of the text in your image is that those are possibilities/concepts rather than behaviors FW is building (themselves) into the firmware, particularly so OOTB at launch.
Reading between the lines: here is the emphasis I’m drawing out.
“can be customized”
“open source firmware”
“make it easy for you to personalize and create”
“your own features”
If Framework will support (or has plans to) some of these natively (I asked about timer and battery life as they seem like some of the simpler concepts), it would be great to hear about it, though it is entirely possible Framework is holding these back for the “keyboard” deep dive blog.