Blank key

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A blank key is a key with no legend on the keycap. A blank keyboard with only blank keys can have keys in any colour, different colours on different keys or even a pattern but no symbol.

Blank keyboards were made popular with early Happy Hacking Keyboards by PFU and with the first Das Keyboard by Metadot.

Otaku[edit]

The "Otaku newsletter" by EliteKeyboards.

The term "Otaku" for noting a blank keyboard was coined on June 12, 2009, by keyboard store EliteKeyboards. It was used on their site's product pages and in a newsletter[1] which announced a limited edition of white Filco Majestouch tenkeyless keyboards. On Geekhack, member Majestouch (fronting for EliteKeyboards) explained this was picked as a catchy marketing term[2].

Outside keyboards, "Otaku (お宅 / オタク) is a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga or video games."[3]

List of blank keyboards[edit]

Although many keyboards can be modified with a blank keycap set, some are blank from the start:

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See also[edit]

  • Realforce keyboards with black-on-anthracite legends (practically Otaku in low lighting conditions)
  • Ninja — Filco term for keyboard with sideprinting