By: Kassidy Coleman
The switch from typewriter to more modern electronic typing was a no-brainer because it was obviously the more practical solution that fit our needs at the time. Well, now it might be time to completely change the way we type by ditching the keyboard.
The Tap Strap is a wearable Bluetooth keyboard that is worn much like a glove. What sets this apart from anything else we’ve seen is it uses the finger movements and gestures of the wearer, allowing you to tap out messages onto literally any surface. All you have to do is slide it on like a glove (it can go on either the left or right hand, or you can even wear two for faster typing). Different gestures and finger movements allow you to type on literally any surface. Basically it makes it so you don’t have to touch your keyboard, phone, or tablet when you want to type.
While we’ve seen similar concepts in the past, the Tap Strap might really have a chance at revolutionizing how we type. Previous prototypes never really amounted to much more than an idea or a novelty. The Tap Strap has no obnoxious laser projections of a keyboard or super complicated interfaces – everything is done through simple gestures and can be done on any surface. So you can easily reply to a text when you’re in a situation that would not be appropriate or safe to take out your phone.
You might be asking why we would need to change the way we type when what we have seems to be working fine. Well, a traditional keyboard doesn’t enhance the technology we have. The way we type now either leaves you tied to your laptop all day or have your hands glued to your phone which can end up being both time consuming and annoying. The Tap Strap makes it so you can quickly reply to emails, texts, or messages anywhere on any surface.
And remember a few years ago when smartwatches made their big debut? As cool as smartwatch technology is, so many people have been turned off of smartwatches due to the frustratingly small screen that brought with it typing difficulties. The Tap Strap might help make smartwatches more practical by allowing you to still see the message you’re replying to while not having to pull out your phone to type back.
The only downside we see is there are 31 possible finger taps, but many people have a hard time remembering the different gestures, so we expect there to be a few user-friendly tweaks before it officially hits the market. Right now you can sign up for the waitlist on their website.
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