6 May 2005 00:28
Re: Re: Name this keyboard!
NobukiSugita <GFA01653 <at> nifty.com>
2005-05-05 22:28:35 GMT
2005-05-05 22:28:35 GMT
The keyboard was manufactured by NEC. It is no longer on sale. It is based on the system invented by Dr. Masanori Morita, formerly of NEC, with the intention of making Japanese input easier. First it was adopted for the dedicated word processor and later the keyboard for PC was made. In addition to the characteristics Scott described, it has an extended feature. The left side of the keyboard is for vowels and the right side for consonants. With the simultaneous hit of the left thumb and and right hand fingers you get extended consonants such as ky, sy, ty, and so on. The combination of the right thumb and the left finger will give you a pair of a vowel and a special consonant. The principle of the system, called M-shiki, or M system, taken from the name of the inventor, is on http://121ware.com/apinfo/content/mworld/ (in Japanese). There is currently a project going on to implement the system on conventional keyboard, http://m-keyboard.cocolog-nifty.com/mkeyboard/ (in Japanese). One interesting thing about this keyboard is the use of simultaneous hit of the thumb with other fingers. That is similar to the thumb-shift keyboard I described in my privious post. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altkeyboards/message/2327 Hope this will help. Nobuki Sugita http://thumb-shift.txt-nifty.com/ (in Japanese) P Scott Horne wrote: > I should clarify that I was speaking of the traditional Japanese *lexical* > order. It is as if we designed a keyboard for English with A E I O U (in > that order) on one hand and B C D F G H ... on the other. The result of that > naïve assignment would not yield an especially good keyboard. In the case of > Japanese, however, that layout turns out to be quite good, as the most > frequent consonants (roughly S K T H) occur at the beginning of the > conventional lexical order. > > Scott Horne > Horne Translations > www.hornetranslations.com > > > > _____ > > From: altkeyboards <at> yahoogroups.com [mailto:altkeyboards <at> yahoogroups.com] On > Behalf Of alz > Sent: 5 mai 2005 12:21 > To: altkeyboards <at> yahoogroups.com > Subject: [altkeyboards] Re: Name this keyboard! > > > Yup -- I wasn't sure if the arrangement was suited more towards the > japanese language, or a better general layout. > > I've dug pretty deep in Google, but found nothing that actually tells > me the keyboard name. It's a great layout to try and remap a new > layout onto. > > After some more researching, it looks like it is/isn't(?) related to > the Tron TK1. The TK1 has a similiar layout, but features a built-in > writing tablet in the lower half. The TK1 is certainly a bit more > larger than this one, however. > > http://www.sol.dti.ne.jp/~cdrcarco/news98-10fig1.jpg > http://www.sol.dti.ne.jp/~cdrcarco/tron08.jpg > > And another shot of the NEC keyboard: > http://www.sol.dti.ne.jp/~cdrcarco/ipsj021.jpg > > > --- In altkeyboards <at> yahoogroups.com, "P Scott Horne" <prl.horne <at> s...> > wrote: > >>It's designed for typing Japanese. The vowels are arranged in the >>traditional Japanese order (a i u e o), and so are the consonants (k > > s t n h > >>m y r w). A rather naïve design, but probably a fairly good one. > > Presumably > >>the index fingers would be on A and K (or perhaps S). >> >>Scott Horne >>Horne Translations >>www.hornetranslations.com > > > > > > > To Post a message, send it to: altkeyboards <at> eGroups.com > To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to: > altkeyboards-unsubscribe <at> eGroups.com > > > > _____ > > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > * To visit your group on the web, go to: > http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altkeyboards/ > > > * To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: > altkeyboards-unsubscribe <at> yahoogroups.com > <mailto:altkeyboards-unsubscribe <at> yahoogroups.com?subject=Unsubscribe> > > > * Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service > <http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/> . > > > > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] > > > > To Post a message, send it to: altkeyboards <at> eGroups.com > To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to: altkeyboards-unsubscribe <at> eGroups.com > Yahoo! Groups Links > > > > > > > To Post a message, send it to: altkeyboards <at> eGroups.com To Unsubscribe, send a blank message to: altkeyboards-unsubscribe <at> eGroups.com Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/altkeyboards/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: altkeyboards-unsubscribe <at> yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/