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 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. 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."
List of Otaku keyboards
Although many keyboards can be modified to become Otaku, some are from the start:
- Some Happy Hacking Keyboards
- Das Keyboard Ultimate
- Variations of the G80-3000: sightings: G80-3000LSCXX, G80-3000LPCXY-2, G80-3000LPCXX-2, although these are intended for OEMs to add their own legends.
- Cherry G83-6000 can be ordered unlabled with language code "XX" for every variant, for example at http://keybo.de/, although they are not listed.
- Variations of the Filco Majestouch line.
- Variations of Leopold Cherry MX keyboards.
- Variations of Unicomp keyboards.