October 19, 2022 – Tap Systems, a provider of devices designed for the control of augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR/VR/MR) systems, has recently announced the release of the company’s new ‘TapXR’ wearable keyboard and controller.
The TapXR wrist-wearable device allows users to type, input commands, and navigate menus. According to the company, it allows for fast, accurate, discreet, and eyes-free texting and control with any bluetooth device, including phones, tablets, smart TVs, and virtual and augmented reality headsets. TapXR works by sensing a user’s finger taps on any surface, and decoding them into digital signals.
The company stated that while conventional hand gestures can sometimes be slow, error prone and fatiguing, tapping is fast, accurate, and does not cause visual or physical fatigue. Tap users have achieved typing speeds of over 70 words per minute using one hand, according to the company. While hand tracking supports relatively few gestures and has no haptic feedback, TapXR has over 100 unique commands, and is inherently tactile, making it ideal for improving speed and accuracy when used with AR/VR devices.
“TapXR solves a critical problem with mass adoption of AR/VR/MR. Up until now there has been no way for users to comfortably interact with these headsets. Users will now be able to type, select menus and interact faster, without fatigue, and with tactile feedback,” said Dovid Schick, Tap CEO. “This enables far wider usage of XR for things such as productivity, commerce and the metaverse.”
Features of the TapXR include:
- Full keyboard emulation;
- Over 99% accuracy;
- 10 hours of battery life, plus 14 days standby;
- Tap on any surface;
- Pairs to any Bluetooth enabled device;
- 6 Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) inertial measurement unit (IMU) for hand and finger tracking;
- Over 100 customizable commands;
- Open Source SDKs;
- Two sizes, fits all.
TapXR is fully programmable and fully customizable, allowing users to create, share and save their own macros, hotkeys and presets. Additionally, users can download any of the thousands of user created maps for languages, apps and utilities.
For more information on the TapXR device and to pre-order, please visit the company’s website.
Image / video credit: Tap Systems
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