We understand, it is difficult to think of a computer or a notebook without a keyboard. The QWERTY keyboard has been with us since the days of type writers and nobody who works regularly on systems can imagine their life without it. Nevertheless, a new wearable-device can really change things for good. Tap is a “knuckle duster that can interact with your computer or any other electronic device through Bluetooth. It can translate 31 kind of finger taps into numbers and letters. Every single tap alerts the device to send a command or character based on the surface touched by fingers. It can be any surface, metal, wood, concrete, or any other. As per the co-founder of this project, Ran Poliakine, the device has an accuracy of 99 per cent. If it is successful, it will eliminate the keyboards and would provide a substitute for voice-activated options like gesture based technologies or Apple’s Siri.
However, like all other projects, this one too has hurdles of its own. The biggest one is to stay updated with the changing needs of markets and consumers. The new method means new kind of adjustments that might not be taken well by all. They will have to make this transition as smooth as possible. Although, it founder claims that the fundamentals of Tap can be learned by anyone in an hour with the help of the application that works more like a game. While it will be a new sport for kids other people beyond early adopters might face some difficulties.
Poliakine is not a new player when it comes to bringing new technologies to the market. He is the whole sole founder of Powermat, a wireless alternative to battery-operated handheld equipment. While Powermat’s concept of wireless charging has been adopted by several international brands like Starbucks, Samsung, and Chevrolet, it is yet to become the way of life. As Poliakine likes to put it, “Lesson number one is” go after a very large market that is going to be even bigger. When we started Powermat it was clear that the market will come but was not there. Wireless charging was like a magic kind of thing, a concept.”
He is also very motivated for Tap and says, “With Tap the need is absolutely there, and is going to be greater and greater, from wearable devices all the way to virtual reality and augmented reality, all of those devices are in urgent need for a sophisticated input methods.” He developed Tap with Sarina Kement and David Schick, a co-founder of image sensor technology for mobile phones and a former NASA engineer. The company is currently planning to open up this project on a public platform for testing for first half of the year before it lands in markets. It will give time for platform development and its fusion with several other technologies. As per Schick, “The underlying assumption is we need to create a community. We believe this technology can become a core language or protocol.”