Typing defines a lot for me. When a new device comes out, while I’m reviewing it, the first thing I check is how it types. It makes all the difference in the world to me. Typing is your mode of expression in today’s highly mobile world. Well, the folks over at TAP think so too.
The TAP strap is a Bluetooth-enabled typing wearable keyboard (currently in a sort of beta stage), which like all such devices plans to ‘revolutionise the way we type’. So how does it work? The keyboard is made out of “smart textile”, which you place on your fingers above your knuckles. Now obviously you won’t know how to use this straight out of the box. For example, you won’t know that the thumb acts as vowels and a combination of fingers makes up the other letters and symbols. To help you learn there will be a learning app, but how easy and effective that will be is yet to be seen.
Like all products, the TAP strap shows a lot of potential, but it is yet to be seen how it would be accepted by consumers. It might be nice to make any surface a keyboard, but it is weird to have to put on the strap every time you need to tap. A Bloomberg report suggests the device might be in stores by the end of the year and might also turn into a wrist wearable instead of the awkward knuckle band it is now.