November 11, 2013
Who knew that we’d reach a time when texting and written communication would become passé? Or, maybe it’s just that sometimes words are too complicated, or in this age, too public. Tap Tap boldly (or quietly—to put it more accurately) forges against our increasingly social world to create a device that elicits a private “touch” between two people. It’s so simple, so basic, so counterintuitive, that it can’t help but be intriguing. According to the company:
“Our goal is to create this secret universe which only you two can access. A secret place available for you no matter how far away you are from each other. A place where you can be together, with no words, no strangers, same place as was the room where you first touched each other.”
Quite a romantic notion, eh?
So how does it work? Tap Tap is a wristband—basically a hypoallergenic silicone slap-bracelet. A plastic module inside the wristband contains a capacitive sensor and an accelerometer which senses your taps. A gentle tap will send a light vibration to your partner, whereas a harder tap will send out a stronger vibration.
The technology was developed by Woodenshark, creators of the TV ambient light system, Lightpack. TapTap has set a goal of $130,000 for their Kickstarter to be funded. According to the Kickstarter page:
“TapTap is not a social network, there are no “Share” or “Like” buttons, no statistics and no numbers. [Your] TapTap account has nothing in common with your relationship status on Facebook. It is a private space for you and your partner, it is unique the same way as you are, and only you two can access it.”
Putting love aside, this device has the potential to serve many functions. It could be used as an activity tracker, a game controller, a smart alarm, etc. Wearable tech is huge right now, and Tap Tap is getting into the market at the right time. They’ve already integrated with Runkeeper and Fitbit and are currently working on their software development kit so that third-party developers can increase Tap Tap’s functionality.
The team is also in the beginning research stages of IFTTT integration. This would allow different gestures to have certain outcomes. For example, a certain gesture or pattern of taps could allow you to “like” something on Facebook or send location data to your partner. The possibilities are really exciting.
Tap Tap is currently about $55,000 away from reaching their $130,000 goal needed by November, 22nd.
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