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We have a dream

Not only is it our dream, but it is also the dream of many ThinkPad users to be able to use the traditional seven-row keyboard of ThinkPad once again. This dream was revived in the ThinkPad's 25th-anniversary model.

However, it was limited to the 25th-anniversary model, like a meteor streaking through the night sky, so brilliant yet so fleeting. After using the seven-row keyboard for a long time, one will understand ThinkPad's unique insight into keyboard design and how a nearly full-sized keyboard can be condensed into a limited space.

From the beginning until now, 1991 days have passed. The story of the first mechanical TrackPoint keyboard, Yoda, happened in 2014. This keyboard, from the initial idea to small batch production, took more than half a year.

Although it had its flaws, it embodied many experimental ideas and the spirit of DIY. Because of this keyboard, we got in touch with Lenovo, and many ideas and issues could be communicated with the manufacturer. We are very grateful for Lenovo's support.

However, with Yoda II, we have made a significant leap forward in our keyboard design ideas.

### Is there a platform that can be used across different systems?
### Is there a way to use it across different systems without installing any software?

Therefore, we redeveloped the firmware of the keyboard itself, allowing the keyboard to convert into USB Mass storage. We also developed a cross-platform web editor.

With the launch of the ThinkPad brand's 25th-anniversary commemorative model, our idea of creating a mechanical 7-Row keyboard with a TrackPoint was strengthened. We redesigned and opened a new mold for the keycaps in Taiwan, using retro spherical keycaps from the 1980s, giving the keyboard a more stylish yet classic look. We replaced the TrackPoint module to enhance the feel and stability.

This keyboard is called Kodachi. The casing is manufactured using CNC processes. The design is based on the ThinkPad X61 keyboard, with slight differences due to keycap constraints. Creating a traditional 7-Row ThinkPad keyboard has always been our goal and dream!

We reviewed and changed the design of the keycaps, making the overall size only 87% of the original, while maintaining almost the same press area for the fingertips. This is consistent with ThinkPad's insistence on designing small keys. Finally, we have realized the large ESC and large Delete partition, independent function keys from F1 to F12, and independent volume control keys, along with the original programmable functions. Our dream is about to come true!

Using "Back to the future" as an Easter egg for Kodachi, we hope to echo the development codename of the ThinkPad Anniversary Edition 25 - "Time Machine." We have always hoped to reproduce the 7-Row keyboard loved by many consumers, not just on the 25th-anniversary commemorative laptop. We are very grateful to the consumers who have supported us from Yoda to now.

The happiest part of designing products is realizing our dreams and receiving everyone's love and recognition. This has been the driving force that keeps our company going. Now that we have the opportunity to revive the 7-Row keyboard and realize everyone's dreams, we need more support to officially mass-produce it, so that more ThinkPad enthusiasts can once again experience the beauty of the 7-Row keyboard.

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