As a mom, everything that has to do with children gets my attention. That’s why I was so interested to learn about a new device called Tap. What was really cool for me to learn about this gadget is that the initial intention wasn’t to make it for kids. It just happened! Wait, what? One of their employees left it on his table and his daughter naturally grabbed it, knew what it does just by looking at it, and started tapping with it. It helped her learn the ABCs super fast and the rest is history.
I spoke with other moms about Tap. This progressive gadget helped children improve their reading, spelling, motor skills. It helped blind children type easily, and helped disengaged children feel more excited to learn. As we know, children learn best by playing and using games, and this device is as interactive as it is natural for them to use.
Moms of children who play computer games for many hours loved the fact that it reduced pressure from their hands. The kids, of course, loved using it and felt the game was smoother and the device was just a part of them – just like it should feel.
Other moms loved the fact that it’s portable and easy to carry around. I mean, you can’t really carry your keyboard with you, right?
Some moms bought it so their kids could fly drones with it, enjoy a faster gaming device, have a portable keyboard or just start to have a positive attitude towards spelling and reading (we all need more of that, don’t we?)
That is why I am so excited to present this multi solution, perfect gift gadget, and host this sponsored giveaway! So here’s everything you should know:
What is Tap?
Tap is a keyboard, mouse and controller you wear on one hand, freeing up your other hand and removing the need to use a tiny phone keyboard to type messages. I immediately thought how cool this little gadget would be for my kids to play their favorite games. It pairs with your existing device via Bluetooth, so it’s handy for tablets, phones, computers, and SmartTVs – and as an added bonus they have an easy, kid-friendly learning application.
You wear Tap on one hand like 5 futuristic rings and it inputs text and commands by “tapping” your fingers on a surface. I had a hard time picturing it in action, but some videos helped. Inputting text with Tap is almost like playing the piano, so you can input over 120 characters, letters, numbers or commands just by tapping different combinations of fingers. You can also customize the default settings for different situations like gaming or making music, which I will expand on below. All of this comes completely natural for kids, they just explore it and figure it out – and learn to do more and more things with it.
- Tap and Gaming – What I like about Tap is the ability to control games from anywhere. With Tap, your kids don’t need to sit a few inches from the computer screen (We really hate it when they do that, don’t we?) and type with sticky fingers – they can back up and input controls anywhere. They can also create custom keybinds for their existing favorite games to turn complex commands into simple finger Taps. I love watching my kids make their own Tap customizations because it’s also teaching them software applications that may come in handy for their future. You can also use it with other popular games like Fortnite or League of Legends by remapping your spells, build controls, and more. Since Tap is touch-based, it’s more accurate than a keyboard, which means less frustrated yelling! (Yay!)
- Accessibility – Talking to other moms, I hear often that their child isn’t represented by products. Since Tap is universally accessible, it’s also a great tool for blind or visually impaired children to play games they wouldn’t normally be able to. It’s also great for alternative and augmentative communication if your child struggles with traditional keyboard inputs.
- Language Learning – Tap supports inputs in any language, and allows you to upload specific language maps using the TapMapper tool discussed above. They already have language packs for Korean, German, Tamil, Japanese, and Chinese, and add new language packs all the time. These language packs are completely free and can be easily uploaded to the Tap using an iOS and Android application. So it’s also an interactive way to learn letters and spelling in a new language!
- Music Making Since Tap works with your existing computer programs, making music is as easy as tapping your fingers. You can link it up to GarageBand and play the piano or more advanced kids can use it to make loops and songs with programs like Ableton. Your kids can get as creative as they can be!
- Security Privacy concerns with technology are a huge priority for parents these days. I love that Tap can’t and won’t read your inputs or monitor how you are using the device.
- On-the-Go Tap lasts for 8 hours of use and 7 days standby. It comes with an external battery that doubles as a protective case that charges with a USB cable. The case will extend the battery life of Tap to 64 hours of use, making a great solution for entertaining your kids while traveling. On a long car ride or plane trip, a pocket keyboard can keep them entertained for hours by allowing them to write, make music, play games, or even learn a new language! Portability at it’s best, a top priority as a mom, right??
Learning to Tap
The biggest concern I had for Tap was the learning curve – a frustrated user is not a happy user. They managed to figure that out too. The co-founders worked with memory scientists at Stanford to create an app that uses muscle memory and repetition to make learning fast and fun. The average person learns to Tap in just 90 minutes and is hitting 30 WPM in just 5 hours of practice. For kids, the learning curve is actually a fun game they get to try and explore and feel the joy and accomplishment of improvement. The first “oh cool!” is when they first see it, and by the second “Wow! Cool!” it’s already second nature to them (Now, isn’t that COOL?).
And if all that wasn’t impressive enough, check this out: You learn using an app called TapGenius that breaks the alphabet up into 8 learning sections. Each section takes 5-10 minutes and they suggest you practice for 10 minutes a day to start typing fast. The Tap can register up to 10 inputs per second, so it has a maximum WPM of 120. Wow!
Tap also has a live support line during business hours (they are based in Los Angeles, CA) and 24/5 support via email, so if you get stuck they can walk you through it!
To enter, retweet my post here or post your own tweet about how you would use Tap with your kids using the hashtag #TapPlusSweetT. A winner will be selected on December 15th.
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— Jennifer G. (@SweetTMakes3) October 25, 2018
This is a partnered post. All opinions are my own.