This is the first wearable Bluetooth keyboard to hit the market! This keyboard allows you to control your phone using various tap combinations on any flat surface.
The keyboard itself actually consists of a wrist-strap with five touch-sensitive wrings, one for each of your fingers. It is a comfortable fit, and four of the wrings appear to look the same, except for the thumb, which contains a power button, a vibration motor, and a mouse pointer. Notice that there is no micro usb port; instead the keyboard uses a wireless charging case. This case is a tough plastic case that is secured magnetically. It contains spindles that each of the five wrings is inserted onto, secured magnetically yet again. After you close the case and press the power button on its side, the keyboard will begin charging. The charging case itself doesn't vibrate, rather, the keyboard itself vibrates inside the case. A single vibration will indicate charging has started, and opening the case will make the keyboard vibrate again to tell you it is no longer charging. This being said, there is really no fullproof method of checking the battery of the case itself, other than to listen for the vibrations. Rest assured that the case will likely only need to be charged from time to time. The case charges through micro usb. The keyboard itself lasts roughly 8hours on a single charge if used continuously.
First thing First, TapManager
TapManager is the first app you will want to download, as it will allow the keyboard to communicate with your phone. You can use it to update the firmware of your keyboard, load more maps into it, configure it, etc. The app is fully accessible and is the only app that works on 32bit and 64bit devices. I say this because an app I am about to explain does not, and while that is likely not a showstopper, it is a pretty essential app...
What's the learning curve
Not incredibly steep, it would probably take less time than learning the qwerty layout if you ask me. However, that is aided by an interactive tutorial game called TapAloud. This is the app that will unfortunately only work on 64bit devices. So if you're stuck on an older device or can't find a second-hand newer one, you're out of luck. Again, you can still fully use the keyboard, but learning it just got a whole lot more difficult, and even if you're patient, there's nothing quite as awkward as trying to learn it based off qwerty drill patterns on a program like Talking Typer. Yes, that is how I (tried) to learn it before a very nice deal on a second hand iPhone6 came around.
Anyway, the TapAloud app will teach you the Tap alphabet as well as control commands in a way similar to that of Talking Typer, only the lessons are positioned in such a way that the essential tap combinations are shown first before moving onto more complex ones. Each drill starts off with an explanation, then an interactive practice round using only those letters or commands, then starts three rounds of rapidfire word/letter entry. Subtly throughout the levels you are thrown various punctuation symbols, at which point Voiceover will announce, "new punctuation," and explain it to you.
To give you a rough rundown, we start off with the vowels. Each vowel is denoted by a single tap of one of your five fingers, like so:
- A: 1
- e: 2
- i: 3
- o: 4
- u: 5
Then we get into two-finger gestures:
- n: 1 and 2
- t: 2 and 3
- l: 3 and 4
- s: 4 and 5
and so on and so forth. It will make a lot more sense once you get more up close and personal with your keyboard and the app, but rest assured that the more frequently used letters are often associated with the more natural tap combinations.
My Overall Opinion
This keyboard is undoubtedly the best mobile bluetooth keyboard I've ever used. It isn't a full-sized keyboard, so we aren't worrying about extra bulk. It allows seemless control of your phone without dealing with the screen. And for those concerned, it even looks cool when worn (the general sentiment is that it looks cyberpunk; they aren't wrong about that!) Lol.
So with all that, you can't go wrong with this thing.
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