Most people will remember Tap Strap, the “keyboard” with no keys, because, it is so ridiculous and yet it actually worked. Well, it now has a new model that is even more capable called Tap Strap 2.
Tap Strap 2 lets you do what Tap Strap does with a few new tricks up its sleeves. Tap Strap 2 features AirMouse that lets you control devices like iPads and smart TVs Minority Report-style, using hand gestures.
The fact that people are already using the first generation should leave no doubt that it works. The only question is, how fluid is the system?
Anywho, Tap Strap 2 is plug-and-play which means it works as a standard Bluetooth device out-of-the-box. No additional drivers or calibration is required. Tap Strap 2 touts three user-selected modes, include Mouse Mode, Multimedia Mode, and Smart TV Mode.
Mouse Mode lets you use it to manipulate a cursor, click and scroll like, well, a mouse. Multimedia Mode let you use Tap Strap 2 to control music, while Smart TV Mode, as the name suggests, lets you control your smart TV.
Tap said onboard intelligence enable the device to automatically recognize what interaction you intend to use it for. For example, if you hand is horizontal, it will go into keyboard mode and if the thumb is resting on a surface, it becomes an optical mouse. If the hand is rotted vertically, AirMouse mode will be activated.
While the Tap Strap also works with iPad, the Tap Strap 2 is now optimized for iPad, thus enabling support for iOS relevant functions such as horizontal swipes, accessing the home screen and whatnot.
Finally, wrapping up the package is a number of designs improvements which includes a new thumb ring glider. It also touts 10 hours of battery life and an improved mouse optics with up to 1,000 dpi sensitivity. Tap Strap 2 also works with AR and VR devices too. Just so you know.
I guess it has to be this capable, how else would you justify the asking price of $199? Keep going for the promo video to learn more.
Images: Tap Systems.