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  1. TAP would be a convenience to some people, but it would also be a burden to others. The videos above show that the technology powering this keyboard has several practical uses, but the Power Glove for the Nintendo Entertainment System is a testimony against this kind of technology.

    It would be best to move toward using TAP if it meant convenience for everyone, but it would take time to integrate. A generation raised using physical or on-screen keyboards would likely find it difficult to type without tactile feedback.

    So far, the concept seems like a simplified version of a Nintendo Wii with more uses. This wouldn’t always be easy to use, though. Practice typing on a flat surface with your fingers, and you will see that this ring would create some issues.

    The video shows that the TAP would auto-correct typos, but it’s entirely possible that intentional spellings could be misconstrued. iOS is getting better at handling this issue, but it still misses corrections. For example, I like talking about the Bible, but I also have a good friend named Marj. Every time I want to talk about the Gospel of Mark, I end up referring to my friend, and vice versa.

    Even if auto-correct improved to perfection, it would perpetuate escapism or carelessness. People would care less about correcting themselves and rely on the software to solve their problem. This isn’t entirely bad, though. The purpose of technology is to create efficiencies, after all.

    There are better applications for this technology than an artificial keyboard. The TAP could be used to operate heavy machinery, or for virtual reality. However, a new type of keyboard does not truly improve anyone’s life.

    An invention should bring a convenience and take away limitations. For example, a button on a wall that can roll down a projector is not a good invention, because it doesn’t really make a difference. A battery-powered heating knife, on the other hand, reduces the need for a toaster, as it toasts bread while cutting it. The TAP is a good idea, but it is not as much of an improvement as it is meant to be. People will probably use physical keyboards for years to come.

  2. Technology is always evolving and changing every aspect of our lives. A lot of the new stuff coming out might seem like something out of a science fiction movie. Virtual Reality, like the Oculus Rift; Augmented Reality, like some Snapchat filters on your smartphone, and Mixed Reality such as Microsoft Hololens are all devices that were unthinkable of being in actual existence just over a decade ago. This device, TAP, is probably going to be the future, in some way at least. I never thought of using a wearable motion sensor to type something out. Wearable motion sensor devices in general aren’t any completely new technology. When Nintendo released the Wii in 2006, the company virtually revolutionized gaming and even the controller itself. Video gaming had suddenly become something more social, innate, and physically engaging. Instead of a wired and bulky controller, or a joystick, players now have a slim, TV remote-like, wirelessly connected wand that allows them to more fully engage in a videogame and physically interact with a virtual world. In games like Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, players would get up and actually hold the remote and swing your arm like you’re bowling, hitting a baseball or a tennis ball, shooting a basketball, or swinging a sword. Among other wearable motion sensing technologies are motion capture suits, and Apple Watches or Fitbits. These devices are still in their early stages of maturity and will probably get even more advanced and widely used in the future. Researchers are looking into using the technology for purposes such as stroke rehabilitation, physical therapy, and athletic training. TAP is a good concept for a type of computer keyboard/controller, but I don’t think it will be completely easy to integrate. For many, it might create headache, frustration, and confusion for its user or consumer in setting up and using. I haven’t actually tried a demonstration of the device, but judging from the video, I would probably be frustrated with TAP trying to set up and customize the different character sets to tap combinations, and even trying to learn to adjust to it. It’s an early version, a start to the idea of using motion sensing technology as a keyboard. This could be a widespread product in the future, once the technology and the ideas have solidified into a matured and tested product.

  3. This is an incredible innovation to the wireless keyboard. Adjusting to using this as a replacement to the physical keyboard may take a while for some individuals, but it is sure to save not only space on a desktop table, but the load one must carry in certain situations, such for business trips. It would also be a more efficient method of typing on a tablet or phone, as it could save the screen space a digital keyboard takes up, in addition to making typing faster due to the lag a tablet or phone may have when registering each individual character as the user is typing.

    This technology can be compared to portable laser or holographic projection keyboards, which projects a full QWERTY keyboard on any flat surface (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3410022/Would-type-laser-keyboard-150-gadget-projects-keys-flat-surface.html). Compared to the TAP, the Celluon Epic Laser Keyboard would alleviate the user of the same issues regarding load, if an individual needed to bring a keyboard on a sort of trip. This is so because the size of the device is identical to the size of an ordinary fountain pen. It is also capable of connecting to any device through Bluetooth, exactly as the TAP is capable of doing. The drawback to this technology, however, is that the surface must be opaque for the keyboard to work, meaning that glass tables would not work as efficiently as a solid table.

    The TAP would not have this issue, however. The drawback to this technology would be how long a person could take to learn how to use the device, as the video stated that it could take someone five hours to master. Depending on how technologically adept the user is, it could take less time, or much more. In addition, it is also more expensive than the laser projection keyboard, as the Celluon Epic Laser Keyboard costs roughly the same amount, but can be found online for $100.

    Comparing both keyboards, I personally believe that the laser keyboard would be a more popular and viable alternative to the TAP, despite its drawbacks. Both products would generally cater to business people, as many people have replaced the laptop with tablets and wireless keyboards. The laser projection keyboard would be a more viable alternative because workspaces generally do not have glass tables, and because the projection functions like a normal keyboard, learning to use it would be essentially instantaneous. Therefore, the laser keyboard would be more efficient because of its convenience, as many individuals may not have the time to learn how to use the TAP to type what they may want to type.

  4. TAP appears to be yet another amazing invention used with the incredible technology that we have in today’s age. The only issue is that it sounds like it will be hard to use. After watching the video on it I was left amazed but also at the same time confused because I really do not see how this will make typing any easy. The strap wraps around your fingers and you can virtually type anywhere, it appears, and through a combination of some kind, you can type the words that you want. The issue that I have with this is that whenever I type I always use two hands and find using only one hand to be a little difficult. Since I have been typing for so long throughout my entire life, I have memorized where some of the keys are so I can look at my screen and still type on the keyboard. When I do this I always use two hands, but will a lot of times look back down at the keyboard to make sure I am typing everything correctly and just because it is a lot easier to see the keys then to constantly look at a screen and not be one hundred percent sure that everything I am typing is correct.
    I simply cannot see TAP providing me with the same benefits that an actual keyboard can and will provide me. If I were to use TAP it sounds like I would have to learn a bunch of combinations that actually allow me to type, but at the same time, I would not see any of the letters that I am trying to type. When typing I would just be hitting a desk and pounding on it to get the words that I want. I do not know about everybody, but when I am in a library trying to type a paper or do some kind of homework I do not mind that much hearing people type away on their keyboards. I could defiantly see people using TAP and pounding away on desks or something of that nature to be extremely annoying. Typing away on keyboards is something that I have become accustomed to, but tapping on desks would just be annoying and I would not be able to concentrate. It is nice to see that we have this kind of technology and people to be able to make things like this, but I just see way too many problems coming out of TAP to ever see it being a useful and successful product.

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