Throughout my life, I have always had a fascination with words. When I was younger and would hear a new word, I had an odd habit of writing out the word with my finger in the air or on a surface.
As I became more familiar with technology and computers, this habit changed into “typing” the words on a nearby surface as a means for getting the word to stick in my head. Little did I know, I was preparing myself for utilization of new technology.
“Tap into the new”
“TAP is the revolutionary one-handed wearable which allows you to type by tapping your fingers on ANY surface: a table, a chair, or even your body. Tap is a fast, accurate and eyes-free method of interfacing with any Bluetooth-enabled device, including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, and computers,” according to developers.
The device, which semi-resembles a malleable set of brass knuckles, can be slipped onto your fingers and turns your hand into a catalyst for a new form of typing. A series of embedded sensors monitors the mechanical information of the hands and fingers.
How it works
Information gathered by the sensors is processed by the strap’s MCU and turns the finger tapping into combinations and transmits the results via a Bluetooth radio.
With this Bluetooth compatibility, Tap works with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and most smart TVs.
Once the device is acquired, users can create a Tap account, download Tap apps, and begin transforming any surface into a keyboard. There is currently a waitlist for the device.
Tap is ideal for those who prefer typing to texting. The device may also be practical for situations, for example a work meeting, where typing loudly on a computer may be inappropriate. A video on Tap’s website depicts wearers typing on tables, heads, and couches.
While the device is a neat and innovative idea, there are not many instances springing to mind in which utilization would be necessary. It may just become one of those techy additives that is “cool” to have.
If nothing else, the simple fact that you are able to transform seemingly anything into a keyboard is just more proof of the importance of thinking outside of the box.