Leading Edge Design Corp., Shunji Yamanaka, Kinya Tagawa, Jun Homma. Tagtype. 2003
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Engineers and designers have been working for decades on efficient alternatives to the traditional QWERTY keyboard. Tagtype is a ten-button device for Japanese characters that was initially developed for a disabled novelist, Ransei Eto, and is today offered as a DIY kit. "Japanese phonetic alphabets consist of 49 syllables which can be organized into [a] 10 × 5 matrix of consonants and vowels. The 5 + 5 main input buttons of Tagtype correspond to the 10 consonants and 5 vowels, making typing Japanese much more intuitive than with the standard QWERTY keyboard."

Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013.
ABS plastic, rigid urethane and aluminum
4 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/8" (12.1 x 14 x 5.4 cm)
Gift of the designers
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© 2021 Leading Edge Design Corp.
Architecture and Design

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