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The "Otaku newsletter" by EliteKeyboards.

Otaku is keyboard slang for a blank keyboard that has no legends on the keycaps. The keyboard can have any colour, or even different colours on different keys, but each key must have the same colour all over.

The term was publicly first 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]. The concept is older than the term, made popular with early Happy Hacking Keyboards by PFU and with the first Das Keyboard by Metadot. Neither PFU or Metadot use the term.

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 Otaku keyboards

Although many keyboards can be modified to become Otaku, some are from the start:



  1. http://deskthority.net/wiki/File:Otaku.png
  2. http://geekhack.org/showthread.php?5462-Filco-in-the-USA&p=95937&viewfull=1#post95937
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otaku

See also

  • Realforce keyboards with black-on-anthracite legends (practically Otaku in low lighting conditions)
  • Ninja