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Japan’s first do-it-yourself keyboard specialist shop opens in Akihabara

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By Koh Ruide, SoraNews24

Whether it is giving your PC a beautiful makeover or installing a spunky dancing Hatsune Miku into a computer tower, part of the fun of computer customization is being able to fashion something that closely represents our personalities.

And although a ton of keyboards exist, those hoping to add an extra layer of personal flair might find it difficult to unless they know where to look. Fortunately, a keyboard specialist store called Yusha Kobo has just opened in Akihabara, allowing customers to build their own keyboard using a wide variety of kits.

▼ The shop is packed full of keycaps, accessories, and kits of different colors and designs.

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▼ Believe it or not, there are even keycaps with tiny fidget spinners attached.

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Aside from keyboard kits, you can also make gadgets like calculators too. One of the more fancy designs trending at the moment is a split keyboard, which separates the usually long hardware into two manageable sizes for the left and right hand.

Shoppers can make use of the workspace and tools to create and discuss cool layouts.

▼ This happy customer created a really fancy calculator.

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Usage of the workspace is free for the month of January, but the shop will begin charging customers a flat rate of 500 yen for two hours starting from February.

Yusha Kobo is set to install 3D printers, UV printers, and laser cutters in spring, allowing enthusiasts to build their very own dream keyboard with rare layouts and decorative keycaps. With a little bit of skill, perhaps we might even be able to create projection mapping-enabled keyboards, too.

Store information

Yusha Kobo / 遊舎工房

Address: Tokyo 110-0005, Taito-ku, Ueno, 3-6-10

東京都台東区上野 3-6-10

Website

Source: Twitter/@yushakobo via My Game News Flash

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I can't really think of a reason I'd want to customize my own keyboard, but this is a really cool idea!!!

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@that person - About the same here, but I sometimes feel like customizing the number keys, since I do a lot of accounting work.

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Maker shops are cool

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@that person - About the same here, but I sometimes feel like customizing the number keys, since I do a lot of accounting work.

I have always been slightly mystified as to why telephones and keyboards have their numbers laid out differently.

What is it that you specifically want to change? Have your favourite numbers in the centre?

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There are already split keyboards like

ErgoDox: https://ergodox-ez.com/

Keyboardio: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keyboardio/the-model-01-an-heirloom-grade-keyboard-for-seriou/description

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Never really understood some of my Japanese co-workers obsession with keyboards.

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Thekeyboardinthetoppicturehasnospacebar.Whoneedsoneanyway?

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