A Jammer keyboard is a musical instrument characterized by at least one isomorphic keyboard and thumb-operated and/or motion-sensing expressive controls. The instrument is designed to be easy to learn and to enable the exploration of dynamic tonality.
Research suggests that Jammers may enable more expressive potential than other polyphonic musical instruments such as the piano, guitar, and accordion. Isomorphic keyboards similar to those used in a Jammer have been shown to accelerate the rate at which students grasp otherwise-abstract concepts in music theory.
Inventor Jim Plamondon founded the company Thumtronics in 2003 and first developed a prototype instrument called the Thummer. Plamondon then developed the Jammer, which uses the Wicki/Hayden note layout.
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