Novel wearable keyboard enables typing with finger gestures


If you ever told us about a piece of soft fabric that wraps around your hand's fingers and converts their movements to keyboard characters, we'd look at you in various sorts of weird ways – just like you might be looking at this article right now. But there you have it! The Tap Strap is a strip of fabric that goes over your fingers like a somewhat unsightly glove and its invisible sensors do some kind of magic that translates finger gestures into characters and numbers.

The basic mechanism sees single taps from each of your five fingers translated into vowels, while combined taps produce consonants. There are 31 possible finger taps and there's likely a significant learning curve involved, although the process is supposed to pay off with a promised 99% accuracy – possibly accomplished with a hearty bit of auto-complete and word prediction functionality.

Tap Strap might seem groundbreaking, but we're skeptical about the end result. After all, previous attempts at gesture control gadgets (such as smart rings) for smartphones and tablets have failed quite spectacularly (just watch this)! Let's keep our fingers crossed that the people at Tap Systems actually know what they are doing here.

Although we aren't so sure whether smartphone users need this thing, we can see how VR headset enthusiasts and owners of autonomous wearables with small screens can improve their typing experience. Anyone who's tried typing in the Gear VR app or using a non-gesture enabled keyboard on a smart-watch knows what we're talking about.

Currently in closed beta testing, the Tap Strap is supposed to go on sale later in 2016.


source: Tap With Us

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11 Comments

1. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I'm undecided. There's the "gee, whiz!" factor and one can stash the device without disturbing others. On the other hand, how disruptive is texting. Not very, in most cases. Perhaps when my hands are covered with food, motor oil, or the like. Also, I wonder about speed and accuracy. Anyway, nerd who I am...I will certainly look into it.

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

accuracy will be terrible at first, but people will get used to it soon enough.. or maybe it will be terrible forever and impossible to master.. its all depens on their devs :-/

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I'm fine with text-to-speech, but will be better if it have easier way to add punctuation or symbol :-/

10. AlikMalix unregistered

You can't add punctuations with text-to-speech?

4. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

Hmm, I think just reaching phone, opening app and typing will be a lot easier than reaching for phone, reaching for Tap, putting on Tap, opening app, setting phone on a safe surface but close enough to still be readable, then trying to accurately type.

6. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

Agreed. I'm still curious about the Cicret Bracelet. I won't be getting one, but it's an interesting concept. http://cicret.com/wordpress/

8. jondevil1

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2016

Its a totally new user experience, and it looks like it can have endless uses. I wouldn't jump to criticize it badly before getting more data on it and it's quality...

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Yet another gadget that I will have to check out because I love new tech.

7. jondevil1

Posts: 2; Member since: May 12, 2016

Looks like nothing I've seen before... By Tapping on any surface I can write and possibly do more actions? That's pretty awesome! "Minority Report" someone?

9. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

if it costs under $20 then yea ill try it. if not then no

11. AlikMalix unregistered

Imagine this in gaming!!!

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