Modular Travel Keyboard
My Thesis Journey

For my Industrial Design MFA Thesis at Rochester Institute of Technology, I set out to improve the experience of the modern-day musician, and I found that a major pain point was traveling with an 88-key keyboard.
I experienced the hassle of traveling with a keyboard first-hand. It was always awkward to go through doorways, walk up stairs, or transport the instrument in my car
When asked on a piano forum on Reddit.com, 43% of keyboardists said their biggest complaint about their instrument was "the size is too large", making it difficult to travel with.
I found that traveling by airplane is a major concern for many. Since the keyboard is so large and heavy, there are really only 3 feasible options for keyboard-airplane travel
1. Buy an airline-approved (ATA) instrument case.
2. Buy another ticket to sit next to you.
3. Ship your keyboard. 
~All options are somewhat expensive.~
Moodboard
I studied & tested a variety of Key Resistance Mechanisms
(Weighted vs. Semi vs. Non-weighted).
Ideation Sketches:
Portable Modular Instrument & Folding Keyboard Concepts
Final solution: 24-key modules that easily slot together.
Prototyping
Concept Rendering
The Modular Travel Keyboard design easily slots to add keys, 
allowing for flexibility, portability, and creativity!
To read my full Industrial Design MFA Thesis Paper: scholarworks.rit.edu/theses/9418/ 

This project is open for collaboration with me, so get in touch!

Modular Travel Keyboard
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Modular Travel Keyboard

The Modular Travel Keyboard gives musicians portability and flexibility without compromising a full-size 88-key setup.
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