A detailed look into the Tap Wearable Keyboard and Mouse
Tap is a one handed, eyes-free, easy to learn, ergonomic wearable keyboard that translates your finger taps (on any surface) into letters, numbers and commands.
Tap is a virtual input device that uses chords to register text. There are no keys involved at all – no projected keyboard, no invisible key patterns and no holograms. You type characters and commands by tapping a combination of fingers on any surface. The Tap Strap has accelerometers built into each finger-ring, which collect motion and acceleration information from your fingers. That information is analyzed by a small computer chip, which is built into the thumb ring. The output character is then transmitted via bluetooth to the paired device.
The tapping motion is similar to playing a piano. Some characters – the vowels – require only one finger, while others require multiple fingers to tap at the same time. For example, the most common consonants, N, T, L and S, are tapped with two adjacent fingers. “N” is the thumb and index finger, “T” is the index and middle finger, “L” is the middle and ring finger, and “S” is the ring and pinky.
So, to spell the word, “INTO”, you would tap the following sequence:
I = Middle Finger
N = Thumb+Index
T = Index+Middle
O = Ring Finger
To tap punctuation and special characters, you use double taps. For example, to tap a comma, you would double tap the letter M. Since there are two M’s in the word coMMa, it’s a quick way to learn. There are taps for virtually all of the keys on a standard keyboard, and your Tap can also be customized so that you can activate keyboard shortcuts, modifiers and special symbols.
The Tap Strap is also a very precise and easy to use mouse. A small optical chip is installed in the corner of the thumb ring, which has both a laser and an image sensor. When you place your thumb down on a surface, Tap automatically turns into a mouse. You move the cursor with small movements of your thumb and control the mouse clicks with finger taps. For example, to LEFT CLICK, you tap your index finger, and to RIGHT CLICK, you tap your middle finger. There are clicks for all of the basic mouse commands such as drag-and-drop, and scrolling. When you lift your hand from the surface, Tap automatically turns back into a keyboard for a seamless transition.
Learning to Tap takes about 90 minutes – which is approximately one tenth of the time that it takes to learn to touch-type. The reason it is so much faster is because there is no need to learn the location of any keys – all you need to know are the finger combinations. The fastest way to learn is by playing the TapGenius Learning Game, which takes you through the Tap Alphabet using a series of fast, engaging challenges. TapGenius was designed with the help of Learning Neuroscience specialists at Stanford University. It breaks down the alphabet into eight simple learning groups of taps and each group takes approximately ten minutes to learn. Punctuation is introduced over time in each round, so once you are finished you will know all letters as well as punctuation. Once you have learned the alphabet, our supplementary learning app, TapAcademy, will make you a master tapper with just two to three weeks of playing 10 minutes a day of practice games and speed tests
The fastest verified tapping speed is currently 70 Words per Minute (WPM), which is almost six taps per second with one hand! The average tapper who completes 20 days of TapAcademy can tap at 35 WPM, which is close to the national average speed for touch-typists. Many of our tappers have recorded speeds in the 50’s and 60’s WPM range. The theoretical limit for tapping speed is 10 taps per second, which is 120 WPM.
Input Using Any Surface
Use Your Tablet Like a Laptop
Type & Navigate In VR
Input Standing Up
Scroll, Copy, Paste, Drag & Drop
Search on SmartTV
Activates Sounds & Effects
Play With Friends
Game like a Pro
Work on Professional Applications
Tap works with nearly every Bluetooth enable device that accepts HID input and is an ideal product for:
Tap is compatible with the following type of products that accept Bluetooth and HID inputs:
Tap requires the following operating systems to work seamlessly:
As we spend more time on our devices, a solution like Tap is a logical step forward in how we interact with our digital world.
Tap can be worn on either your left or right hand. For best results, we recommend that you learn to tap with your dominant hand – once you learn the alphabet, you can tap with either hand without having to re-learn it. By default, the Tap Strap is optimized for right-handed tapping. This can be changed with a setting in the TapManager app, which allows left-hand optimization. If you do not change this setting while tapping with your left hand, the mouse motion will be reversed, and the accuracy will not be as good.
In both right and left hand modes you will be able to input all letters, numbers, and symbols.
Yes! (though not necessary)
When wearing two Taps that are paired them to the same device, they will act as two unique keyboards. Thus you would be able to input from 2 separate devices at the same time.
Some users do so to input with one hand as a keyboard and another as a mouse or special controller.
For example – when coding software you can use one hand to input letters and numbers only, while the other hand inputs punctuation signs, symbols and macros.
Another example is when playing computer & console games – gamers would use one hand to input movement commands while the other hand controls game-play commands and hot key combinations.
We have collected tens of thousands of data points from many users, and, statistically, Tap has a detection accuracy of slightly over 98%. This compares to less than 90% accuracy for smartphone keyboards, and about 92% average accuracy for touch-typing. There are several things that affect tapping accuracy, which should be noted. For best accuracy, the Tap Strap must be worn on your hand in the correct position – at the base of the fingers, and it should be adjusted so that it fits snuggly. The Left/Right setting must be set for the correct hand.
You can tap on any surface that is not too soft or too irregular. You can tap on your arm or leg, or on most cushioned chairs and couches – which is one of the great things about tapping. Note that because these softer surfaces have some ‘rebound’ effect, the tapping speeds that you can achieve on such surfaces are slightly slower than they are on hard, flat surfaces. It also takes some practice to make consistent taps on a surface that is not flat, so some trial and error may be needed. We recommend that when you start learning to tap, you practice first on a surface like a table or desk.
While voice recognition technologies have been improving year over year, some limitations of voice input have yet to be solved.
QWERTY keyboards are most comfortable to be used when you are at a desk – when you have enough space, and don’t have to move around. In this day and age, we do more of our work on our mobile devices, when we must enter complex information on our phones. For these situations, Tap is both faster and more comfortable to use.
If you are a touch typist, you have a great advantage in using QWERTY – but only on your computer. If you are using a phone or tablet, you must use your touchscreen keyboard, which demands that you look at your device while entering text – all of the advantages of touch typing are gone. With Tap, you are a touch typist on all of your devices at all times.
Tap is also a great solution for many of the emerging mobile technologies, such as Augmented and Virtual Reality. These devices can’t use QWERTY keyboards, and rely on awkward controllers to slowly enter text. For tappers, entering text on these new systems is just as easy as on their computers and phones.
Because Tap is such a versatile, all-in-one wearable we’ve seen many different types of users adopt and incorporate it into their day-to-day routines.
From professionals working at top Fortune companies that use Tap to control presentation, take notes, and control commercial applications. through users who have suffered with endless back or wrist pain associated with traditional typing and have spent thousands of dollars on “ergonomic” solutions that just don’t work.To field technicians and factory workers looking for better ways to take inventory, write papers, edit spreadsheets and input on the go.
From students looking to easily take notes and present, to gamers looking to improve their game play all the way to performers looking to activate sounds, lighting and even puppets.
Tap is used by people all over the world at any age group and across every industry.
Many of our tappers are:
(Android & iOS) – Use TapManager to customize your Tap’s setting, download the latest firmware updates, and upload your custom maps. This powerful tool has everything you need to make your Tap unique to you.
(Android, iOS & Windows) – Backed by Stanford language & memory research, TapGenius provides a fast and easy ways to learn the Tap Alphabet. In under 2 hours, you will be tapping all letters, numbers, and symbols – and you’ll have fun while doing it!
(Android, iOS & Windows) – Once you’ve mastered the Tap Alphabet, take your tapping skills to the next level with TapAcademy. Designed to boost your WPM, TapAcademy uses 30 days of fun drills and typing games to help you tap even faster. The average tapper doubles their WPM in just 14 days of playing TapAcademy.
(iOS) – TapAloud is our TapGenius learning system optimized for blind and low vision users. The system breaks the alphabet into 8 voice-enabled learning lessons and takes 2 hours to learn.
We offer a robust suite of custom TapMaps so you can type in other languages or layouts. We provide all TapMaps free of charge via a public gallery, so there’s always new ways to use your Tap.
TapMapper is a FREE re-mapping tool that lets you take your Tap to the next level. With TapMapper, you can turn complex text macros into simple finger taps. There is no limit to what you can do with Tap – other than your own imagination.
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The Tap Strap 2 is a single handed all-in-one wearable keyboard, mouse & air gesture controller. Made out of Skin-safe TPU, Tap lets you control your devices for 10 hours on a full charge (7 days of standby)
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