PianoText: Redesigning the piano keyboard for text entry

Anna Feit, Antti Oulasvirta

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Abstract

Inspired by the high keying rates of skilled pianists we study the design of piano keyboards for rapid text entry. We present PianoText, a computationally designed mapping that assigns letter sequences of English to frequent note transitions in music. The design is based on four concepts: 1) redundancy, 2) chords, 3) sound and 4) skill transfer. It allows fast text entry of over 80 wpm on any MIDI enabled keyboard. At the demonstration, visitors can explore the benefits of these concepts by typing on PianoText-Mini, a device that allows for piano-based typing at a portable form factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages129-132
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 21 Jun 201425 Jun 2014

Conference

ConferenceACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Abbreviated titleDIS
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period21/06/201425/06/2014

Keywords

  • Text entry
  • The piano keyboard

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    Feit, A., & Oulasvirta, A. (2014). PianoText: Redesigning the piano keyboard for text entry. 129-132. Poster session presented at ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Vancouver, Canada. https://doi.org/10.1145/2598784.2602800