What are the dimensions of the keys?

Posted on February 7, 2017
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We got this question a lot and we thought it could be a good idea to write a short post about it.

As many of you might already know, the DODEKA keyboard introduces a new keyboard layout where all keys are set at the same level, in a straight linear fashion (that’s all new to you? You might want to check this page).

Keys in this configuration are much thinner than conventional ones, looking much more like back keys. Each key on the DODEKA keyboard measures 7 mm wide.

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Knowing that white keys on conventional piano usually measures 21 mm, you are probably wondering how your finger could press such a thin key without accidentally touching the adjacent ones.

It’s quite simple — the DODEKA keys are separated form each other by small spaces, which give your fingers the needed room to comfortably press any key.

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These small spaces both measures around 7 mm, which stretches the key width to 21 mm (7+7+7= 21)…oh and that’s the same width as conventional white keys. Great right?

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As a result, one octave isn’t — as one may think — longer nor smaller than one on a conventional keyboard, it is in fact very much the same; that is, 165 mm.

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Although very different in the way keys are laid out, the DODEKA keyboard keeps the same dimensions and keys spacing of conventional keyboards, making it very easy to play.

Haven’t tried the DODEKA keyboard layout yet? You can play it here! And don’t forget to tell us what you think!

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