Friday, May 13, 2016

The Tap – 'The Keyboard Evolved'

Tap reports: [edited]

The Tap Strap has a series of embedded sensors which monitor mechanical information of the hand and fingers. This information is processed by an MCU in the Strap, which decodes the raw data into finger tap combinations and transmits the resulting characters or commands via a Bluetooth radio.

It can be worn on either hand or on both hands simultaneously for two-handed tapping. With each tap, the Tap Strap sends a character or command to a device based on which fingers touched the surface.

Tap is compatible with all Bluetooth enabled devices which support the HID Keyboard Standard. This includes iOS and Android phones and tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and most Smart TVs.

Users can learn to tap in about one hour using the TapGenius App, a mnemonic-based learning system which combines musical and visual tutorials with a game.

Tap also provides a solution for blind and low vision users. Tapping can be done with fingers touching anything – without the need for on-screen keyboards.

Tap is expected to ship commercially before the end of 2016.

Thanks to Conrad for the link.

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