TRON Keyboard

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

TRON Keyboard History

The TRON keyboard is developed by Professor Ken Sakamura, in 1987, as part of the TRON OS project. [see TRON Operating System, TRON Encoding]

First production unit of the TRON keyboard is TRON TK1, made from year 1991 to 1996. Used with NEC PC-9800 series personal computers that were very popular in Japan until early 1990.

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TRON TK1 keyboard [image source twitter nillpo ]
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TRON TK1 keyboard image source 2560×1709

TRON Keyboard Input System

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TRON TK1. 1900×1039 [image source http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/ファイル:TRON-Keyboard-Unit-TK1_001-KeysUp.jpg]

TRON keyboard comes with its own input method for Japanese. It is designed to input Japanese efficiently.

Note the English letters printed in front of keys. It is the Dvorak Keyboard Layout .

Press the 英语 (on left thumb area) to go to English mode. When in English mode, pressing the keys inserts English alphabets.

Press the 日本语 (on right thumb area) to go to Japanese (hiragana) mode. When in Japanese mode, pressing the keys inserts hiragana (Japanese phonetics).

Some interesting features:

• Special left thumb shift key (colored red ) and right thumb shift key (colored blue ). This triples a key's use. But, it also create the awkward hand strain when you need to press thumb and a key of the same hand.

• The number row contains curly quotes , and Asian brackets

[see Unicode: Brackets, Quotes «»「」【】《》]

There is a gap between pinky column and little finger column. e.g. note the large gap between A and O. Same thing for the right hand on N and S. This seems strange.

Some references about the TRON keyboard design:

Typing Demo

[source twitter nillpo]

SkeleTron

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SkeleTron Keyboard

DIY Tron

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DIY Tron

The Legend of Koizumi

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TRON keyboard on Japan comics book cover. The Legend of Koizumi, Volume 15, “Senkaku Islands Bloody Battle”. by Hideki Oohwada, Kindai Mahjong Comics. (ムダヅモ無き改革 15 (近代麻雀コミックス) | 大和田 秀樹 )
《小泉麻將傳說》第15集, “血战钓鱼岛”.

Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku (ムダヅモ無き改革 Reform with No Wasted Draws, also known in English by its initial subtitle The Legend of Koizumi) is a satirical mahjong manga by Hideki Ohwada.

It was initially irregularly serialized in the Kindai Mahjong Original manga magazine published by Takeshobo, then switched to bimonthly serialization on Takeshobo's other mahjong manga magazine Kindai Mahjong in April 2009.

The premise of the manga is that international diplomacy is settled on the mahjong table, with real-life politicians depicted as masters of mahjong.

The Japanese title is a parody of Junichiro Koizumi's slogan, “Reform with No Sanctuary” (聖域無き改革 Seiiki Naki Kaikaku).

《小泉麻將傳說》(日語:ムダヅモ無き改革,英语:The Legend of Koizumi,即小泉傳奇),是日本漫畫家大和田秀樹的麻將漫畫,從2006年起不定期連載於竹書房《近代麻雀original》上,在2009年4月起改至《近代麻雀》上連載。

[2018-02-18 Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku]

Japan keyboards

Japan FKB8579 661 thumb shift keyboard 45474 s335x187
Thumb-Shift, 1980
NEC PC 8801 K1 keyboard bj3qh-s333x188
NEC PC-8801-KI, 1983
NEC mini7 mqjdk-s306x204
NEC 文豪 Mini7, 1985
TRON Keyboard Unit TK1 s1520x831
TRON, 1986
nec m-type keyboard 1990 36618-s278x225
NEC M-system, 1990
NEC mini7rm 48190-s306x204
NEC 文豪 Mini7RM, 1992
NEC M-shiki keyboard NEC PC98 1992-s333x188
NEC PC-9801, 1992
NEC keyboard pk-kb015 2-s320x195
NEC Ergofit, 1998
scythe ergo diver keyboard left s289x217
Scythe Ergo Diver, ~2003
utron keyboard 02-s289x217
μTRON, 2007
Esrille keyboard 40445-s289x217
Esrille New

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