>> a strip-like screen will present functions on an as-needed basis that fit the current task or application.
Oh, you mean like "function keys" do?
>> to simplify keyboard shortcuts traditionally used by experienced users... it could display editing commands like cut and paste during word processing tasks
Yes, because a "key" that only exists some of the time, and has no tactile feedback is easier to use without looking at it than ctrl-C.
Look - programmable OLED keys are neat, I get it. But two things: 1) if you're at the point where the keyboard is slowing you down in a particular software package, then you *are* an "experienced user", and you can probably spare the three brain cycles it'll take you to learn the keyboard shortcuts you need.
2) The laptop keyboard was already perfected, by IBM/Lenovo, circa 5-10 years ago. (Nipple and all, thanks.) As they've since abandoned it in favor of a whirling moshpit of chicklets that changes every hardware generation, perhaps they won't mind if all the other manufacturers just adopt their Platonic ideal of a design? I get that it may make a few keyboard designers redundant, but those resources can be diverted to the much more important goal of making everything one molecule thick.
3) Get. Off. My. Lawn.