It all began when four keyboard enthusiasts came together, each named MR.M., and had a flash of inspiration that led to the creation of the GrabShell keyboard.

Matsu, a software engineer, was the spark that ignited the creation of this keyboard.
To engineers, the PC is obviously a top priority, but besides that, the chair and keyboard are essential.
Picture him in a top-of-the-line Herman Miller chair, typing away on an unseen mechanical keyboard, the satisfying clack of the red switches echoing through the air.
He assigns an array of shortcuts to maximize efficiency in his work, and this is his aesthetic. Despite being our top software engineer, he strolls around the company when pairing with team members, perhaps better described as "wandering."
He insists that walking around while typing is the most efficient way to collaborate when looking at the same shared screen. Moreover, as he always wants to write code, he carries his PC with him wherever he goes, whether it be a sofa or a bed.
"It's a hassle to carry around, so let's make something!" This is what he said at the regular company meeting in November 2020, and this ignited the project.

The original concept was to enable typing while holding the keyboard and also while resting it on a surface. Interestingly, a joystick-shaped device with similar capabilities was invented 20 years ago. Furthermore, a back-facing keyboard was introduced ten years ago, which was ideal for typing on mobile devices. However, the "HandHeldKeyboard," as it was called, was intended to be held constantly and its usability suffered when placed on a surface.

The concept was thus refined, and the result is a liberating and exciting keyboard that can be used both while holding it and while resting it on a surface.

This was the initial concept.

HHKB Professional BT Before using Grabshell (Matsu’s Keyboard)

Miku, our hardware engineer who has developed various devices such as robots, cars, and gadgets.
As a hardware engineer, he knows that the development workspace is not always limited to a desk. Often, robots are developed outside, drones obviously fly, and cars are driven on the road.
Having a keyboard that can be used in places where there is no place to put it would be a significant advantage.

Even if the development is done with a keyboard on a desk, what is needed to control it in the field is something that is not necessarily required for software engineers, like mouse or trackball functions.
For CAD designers, this may be familiar, but it is necessary to implement controls that cannot be done with just a mouse.

"That's why our keyboard is not just a keyboard. Of course, it also has mouse and trackball functions."

Shinobi Keyboard TEX Electronics Before using Grabshell (Miku’s Keyboard)

Morry, a hard-hitting writer who churns out tens of thousands of words per day, be it in blog posts, articles, or novels. And yes, he -- or rather, I -- am the one writing this. With work requiring me to use various devices, from Apple products to Windows for gaming, and even gadgets specifically designed for typing text or AR devices for typing while lying down, I'm always writing.
Since I'm constantly on the go, I want to avoid being tied down to a single device.
While recent keyboards can switch between devices, I also want to be able to easily change key configurations depending on what I'm working on.
While there are many models that can change the key configuration, it's not always easy.
Ideally, I want to be able to change my work mode on and off with just one switch.

"If only I could turn my life on and off with just one switch."

Sounds pretty cool, but what I really mean is that I just want a physical switch that can easily change the key configuration with a single click.

So many mechanical high performance keyboards before using Grabshell (Morry’s Keyboards)

The fourth individuals are the children of the previous three, all of whom, despite the age differences, are connected through gaming in worlds like Minecraft and Fortnite.
Ranging from ages 10 to 18, their upbringing as digital natives means that keyboards have become an indispensable tool for communication.
One 10-year-old girl said, "It's really inconvenient to type on a keyboard while using VR. But if you connect a keyboard, you can't feel the true meaning of VR. It's like having a steering wheel for a car that's actually reins."

The next generation will undoubtedly be a virtual native generation. In that case, it should be available for use in the virtual world.
In other words, just as VR and AR devices are wearable, keyboards should also be wearable.

"As a new device for hacking the world of XR in the future"

Children enjoying Minecraft on XR with Grabshell

Our small company may not be on the same scale as the GAFA giants, but we take pride in our engineering capabilities.
We specialize in creating groundbreaking gadgets, devices, software, and AI engines from the ground up. Through this keyboard, we engineers find joy in bringing engineering solutions to our daily lives.
Creating is an inherent part of our company culture, and we're not afraid to do everything ourselves, even if it's not the most efficient way of doing things.
Our ultimate goal is to create tools that help us till the land or mine gold.
The reason we created this keyboard is to share the same excitement that we feel with engineers all around the world. Our catchphrase "hack the new world with our keyboard" reflects the fresh feeling we had as kids when we first typed on a computer keyboard with just one finger.
Entering the world of computers for the first time was a thrilling, indescribable feeling, and we want to share that with everyone once again.

Back then, visionaries like Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates were probably just as thrilled as we were, and their passion for the keyboard ultimately changed the world.
Perhaps it will be you, the master of this device, who will be the one to hack the next world.
We invite you to join us on this journey of innovation and create something new with our keyboard.

Hack the world.

The History so far...

November 26, 2020 dotBravo regular meeting
Launch of the Tranforming Keyboard Project (Tentative name)

February 2021: Design and concept finalized
・The keyboard should be usable while holding it
・Usable on a desk
・Mouse and trackball functions
・Wireless and wired use
・Open source
・Must be compatible with the XR world
・Relaxed and easy to use
・Bring new excitement to the world

June 2021: Basic design completed (Infrastructure and software design completed)
"To be able to fulfill various functions as a device. We want to make it so that it can fulfill various functions as a device, with the basic premise that it can be modified after purchase”

November 2021: Completion of the initial base, completion of the prototype

Jan 2022: New design under severe criticism

April 2022: Completion of new device with new substrate

May 2022: The 4-division concept was cancelled due to strength issues

September 2022: Integrated deformation model (Current form)

October 2022: Testing by test users begins

November 2022: Worldwide patent application filed (PCT/JP2022/043894)

December 2022: Mass production design starts

January 2023: Design completed at mass production plant

February 2023: Worldwide release

May 2023: Mass-produced products enter the warehouse

July 2023: Simultaneous worldwide delivery (Initial lot of 1,000 units)

Dear fellow engineers and tech enthusiasts,
We have come a long way in the development of our Transforming Keyboard Project.
Our team has put in countless hours of hard work and dedication to bring this device to life.
And we couldn't have done it without the support of engineers from around the world.
We are thrilled to announce that our keyboard is now ready for release. It is a device that is not only liberating, but also exciting to have on your desk.
We believe that it will change the way we interact with computers and the world around us.
We understand that you may have some difficulty adjusting to the new interface at first.
But we assure you that it will be worth the effort.
Once you get the hang of it, we are confident that you will be amazed by what this keyboard can do.
We will continue to work tirelessly to make our keyboard even better. And we hope that you will join us in this journey towards innovation and progress.
Thank you for your support, and we can't wait to see what new ideas and possibilities this keyboard will unlock for you.


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