Esrille New Keyboard (M-Type & TRON) from Japan

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One cannot cease be amazed by the number of new keyboards coming out since 2010.

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Esrille New Keyboard, prototype, from http://www.esrille.com/keyboard/

Esrille New Keyboard is designed by Shiki Okasaka, from his company Esrille. Home page at http://www.esrille.com/keyboard/

Esrille New Keyboard has a total of 76 keys.

The design of Esrille New Keyboard is much influenced by Japan's M-Type keyboard and TRON keyboard.

Esrille New Keyboard Layouts

By default, the Esrille supports 3 English layouts: QWERTY, Dvorak, Colemak. 〔☛ Keyboard Layouts Fight! Dvorak, Colemak, Workman, NEO, Bépo, …

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Esrille New Keyboard layout Dvorak
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Esrille New Keyboard layout fn layer

Japanese Input Layout M-type, TRON, Stickney Next, JIS Standard

Esrille also supports several Japanese input layouts, including TRON & M-type. 〔☛ Japan M-Type keyboard, TRON keyboard

In particular, the M-type & TRON are interesting, because they are efficiency based, similar to the design principle of Dvorak, but for inputting Japanese. 〔☛ Keyboard Layouts Fight! Dvorak, Colemak, Workman, NEO, Bépo, …

M-type is designed mostly for using Romanji (English alphabets) to type Japanese, while TRON is typing Japanese kana (phonetic characters) directly.

See the official site for detail: http://www.esrille.com/keyboard/.

Comparison & Alternatives

Esrille is among the many new keyboards invented after 2010. They have one feature in common: symmetric, many thumb keys, and mechanical keys. See: Heart ♥ Keyboard, Butterfly Keyboard, Cat 😸 Keyboard, Star Trek Keyboard ⌨

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