This has to be one of the coolest things we’ve seen in a while. If you’re the kind of person who just loves analog inputs and really doesn’t like touch keyboards at all, you’re gonna love TAP. It’s a wearable keyboard – a series of finger rings with embedded accelerometers that collect the acceleration and motion of your typing motion and turn them into digital keystrokes. Cool, right?
It sounds a little complicated at first. There are only 5 key rings, of course, so how do you type out all 26 letters? Using chords – just like a piano or guitar. If you want to type a vowel, that takes the tap of only one finger. But if you want to type a T, for example, you’ll need to tap your Index + Middle Finger together. To type an N, it’ll be Thumb + Index finger. Other characters and letters take some more complicated combinations, but we imagine you get the hang of it after a while.
All these movements and signals are picked up by a small processor in the thumb ring, that also includes a tiny laser in it. This laser allows the rings to instantly turn into a mouse whenever you place your fingers down on a solid surface. Now that’s cool.
So what does it work with? Almost anything Bluetooth compatible, including your iPhone or Android, your computer, streaming services and AppleTV’s and such, even VR devices. And Tap says it has a host of ergonomic benefits; since you can literally type in the air, there’s no need to hunch over a keyboard all day.