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TAP Hand Gesturing Features Mnemonic Learning System

Hand gesture recognition technology has been emerging for a number of years with a variety of applications. The TAP Strap™ introduces a new way of utilizing this process in the world of communications, music, and social media interaction.

The TAP Strap, developed by Tap Systems, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, integrates one-hand advanced sensing into a compact yet comfortable ‘strap’ that communicates via Bluetooth HID to your smartphone, smartTV’s, tablets, readers, computers, and other IOS or Android devices. With each tap on just about any tappable surface, the TAP Strap sends a character command in three-dimensional space through the device from whichever finger makes contact making even VR a more immersive and natural experience. Anything you touch now becomes your keyboard: your desk, armchair, window, book, even your arm, knee or head. As long as you can tap, you are typing.

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The Tap Strap at work

This disruptive technology is particularly important to those who cannot see conventional keyboards and cell phone keypads very well. For those using Voiceover or text-to-speech programs, the TAP Strap is extremely valuable. Most new users can usually learn the tap method in about an hour using TAP’s TapGenius App™ which is based on a mnemonic-based learning system combining musical and visual game tutorials making the learning curve fun and engaging.

The WikiTek staff also sees an emerging application for this technology in the court reporting arena where minimal keystroke use is part of the task and accuracy is crucial. The need for expensive court reporting machines could potentially be a thing of the past. The only thing the reporter need bring to the courtroom is a small briefcase with a laptop and two Tap Straps. The reporter is ready within seconds typing away on the surface of the court reporter desk. This is the sort of futuristic technology that only science fiction generally dreams up, yet available today.

Tap Strap
The Tap Strap

“Tap has the potential to become the communication mode of the future, providing fast, accurate interfacing in situations where no physical keyboard exists,” said David Schick, Tap’s inventor. “Tap is more discreet and accurate than voice input, and is faster and more precise than gesture-based systems.”

“Tap brings an entirely new dimension to how we can interface with the digital world,” said Ran Poliakine, Tap’s co-founder.  “Tap’s fundamental technology is applicable not only to language but also to music, gaming, and control.  It is a new modality that opens up a world of creative possibilities.  We are partnering with creative developers and select OEMs to help us unlock its full potential.  Our goal is to create an ecosystem in which our partners utilize Tap to deliver new and exciting experiences for our users.

Developer Opportunities

A Tap Development Kit will be available to developers to allow them to harness the capabilities of Tap into a broad range of applications including gaming, AR, and VR using the Tap platform.  By supporting an ecosystem of developers, the Tap value to consumers can ultimately extend to other languages, games, music, interactive AR/VR and perhaps to new and creative solutions for the future needs of computing. A Tap reference design will also be made available to select OEMs for integration into their existing and future product lines including wearables and other innovations.

TAP Roots

Tap Systems, Inc. was founded in 2015 by veteran entrepreneurs David Schick, Sabrina Kemeny and Ran Poliakine.  The company’s debut product, Tap, is designed to provide unparalleled freedom and access to electronic devices anywhere and at any time.  The Tap Strap is a wearable Bluetooth keyboard that allows you to send messages, texts, and emails by simple tapping on the nearest surface.  Tap is fast, accurate, easy to learn, eyes-free, and entirely mobile. Go online and reserve yours today.

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The Tap Strap works on almost any surface
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EyeQue Vision Tracker uses MIT Technology for Self-Eye Testing

An award-winning Newark, California company is developing and marketing a new technology that will change the way we ‘look’ at, and learn about personal eye care testing.

The EyeQue Corporation uses patented, advanced MIT refractive technology bringing eye testing into the home and available to anyone wanting to maintain and keep track of their vision health. This self-administering vision testing device easily attaches to either iPhone or Android smartphones transforming it, along with the ‘myEyeQue™’ mobile application, into a state-of-the-art refractive testing machine. These patented algorithms are then hosted in real-time on the EyeQue Cloud™ generating a vision record of the user along with a set of Eyeglass Numbers™ in spherical, cylindrical, and axis parameters which can be used to order eyeglasses from your favorite optical outlet once approved. These are the same procedures used by your eye doctor when generating an eyeglass or contact prescription.

EyeQue device makes personal eye examination possible

Although the EyeQue™ is not intended take the place of an optometrist, it does educate and empower the user’s entire family to immediately discern vision needs before making an appointment, especially in many parts of the world where affordable eye care is a luxury and not an easy option. The EyeQue’s Miniscope™ is simple to use and is affixed to the screen of your smartphone allowing quick and easy access to affordable and accurate vision testing. The results of your test are quickly available via the myEyeQue™ mobile app. You can also view your personal statistics on EyeQue’s online dashboard to track your vision history that you may wish to later share with your vision care professional.

EyeQue Miniscope
EyeQue Miniscope device

Vision Health for Children

Vision can change multiple times over a lifespan. Know the vision changes in your children’s vision in advance with EyeQue’s advanced technology. Today’s vision demands are greater than ever before. Today we live in a world where children own their own smartphone at a younger age and computers at school are as common as a desk. Children are reading and watching more and more online content with the need for greater eye movement…especially with the insatiable existence of social media. This continual eye stress and strain can result in an increase in eye prescription fluctuation. The American Optometric Association cites that 80% of a child’s learning will be done visually. Even more shocking is that over 55% of most children under 18 will view some form of monitor or smartphone screen over two hours a day…every day. That number continues to climb each year as technology and devices find their way into our homes, schools and personal life.

 Data Storage

Your vision information is safely and securely stored in EyeQue Cloud™ for your reference and quick retrieval. View your most recent details and track your vision or your family member’s vision records over time. Your records are even securely anonymized and added to a vast store of vision records that contribute to optometry research and improved eye care for everyone.

The EyeQue Miniscope retails for $29 and backed by a CES 2017 Best of Innovation Award and a SPIE Photonic West 2017 Prism Award for excellence in the biomedical instrumentation category.

EyeQue is currently available in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom with many additional countries added soon.

EyeQue™ MIniscope display
EyeQue™ display
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Whatever Happened to Bloom Energy?

The world is in a never-ending pursuit of clean renewable energy sources. The debate over the carbon footprint, whether you believe in that or not is irrelevant. What is relevant in this world seems to be limited to reliable, clean, and affordable options. One revolutionary source of clean energy, which could help in this debate is Bloom Box, a Sunnyvale, California company with some NASA influence.

Bloom Box was founded by Chief Executive Officer, Dr. KR Sridhar, formerly the Director of the Space Technologies Laboratory, working on the Mars One Project researching technology to convert the Martian atmosphere to oxygen. Since that time, his studies have led him to even bigger discoveries devising a method of using Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology to produce clean energy here on Earth.

Fuel cell energy layers. Image courtesy of Bloom Energy

Dr. Sridhar and his team have proved that with their renewable energy system, a 4×4 inch diameter box can power a standard European home. By linking two of these boxes together, any standard home in the United States would be able to produce clean, renewable energy 24hours a day, seven days a week. Bloom produces energy by use of natural gas, the same gas used for household cooking needs. The natural gas is then pumped through the box and the Fuel Cell Technology has a system where on one side of the cell the natural gas is fed over the top of the cell and oxygen is pumped and feed on the bottom part of the cell. The combination of the natural gas and oxygen over one cell creates an electrochemical process to produce enough electricity to power one light bulb. One of the major advantages of this technology is since the box does not produce any form of combustion, the dangers of explosions or other disasters are virtually non-existent.

Dr. Sridhar doesn’t stop there, his company can connect countless boxes together creating what he calls a power farm, able to power an entire manufacturing company. Essentially, this technology promises to be efficient, safe, clean and far from new. It is currently being time tested in many areas. Several major companies like AT&T, Google, eBay, Wal-Mart, FedEx and Adobe, along with 68 other companies have already begun using this technology with successful returns on their investment. Even NASA has utilized fuel cell bank to power one of their sites.

Dr. KR Sridhar of Bloom Energy

Since these companies are already producing with such great results, why isn’t Bloom Energy everywhere and why isn’t it a household name yet? The company was featured on 60 Minutes, February 2010, building the hype for the much-anticipated 2013 IPO release. However, that never happened. Forbes reported that Bloom has since secretly filed an IPO status report but did not reveal the timeline for the release.

Bloom released a new updated version of the fuel cell called, the Energy Saver 5.0.  Bloom claims the new fuel cell is much more cost effective and produces almost double the power density. Perhaps the new 5.0 can make the fuel cell tech more profitable for residential application. However, it seems the commercial route is where the company is headed for the moment.

What about residential customers? When and how much will it cost the average American to own a bloom box? Unfortunately, according to the Bloom Energy website regarding residential use, that residential implementation is not quite ready for production. Oddly, they claim the current technology produces too much power. The question is, wouldn’t excess power be better? Selling surplus energy back to the power companies would not only help in paying for itself over a relatively short period of time but also potentially make a profit…in theory. The bigger puzzling question is how is it that this technology has not found its way to the small villages of the world, or the small towns in the US?

Bank of Bloom Energy cell units being used by FedEx. Image courtesy of Bloom Energy

For now, here is how the current pricing and power output stacks up:

  • One Fuel Cell alone can generate 25 Watts = One Light Bulb
  • One Small box with a stack of tiles: 1kW= One Home, (when ready for distribution) $3,000
  • Big Box Industrial 100kW= $700,000 to $800,000

Currently, mostly large corporations are capitalizing on this technology. John Donohoe, CEO of eBay proudly boasts that since the company has had the Bloom Energy system installed, eBay has saved over $100,000 in energy cost from the previous year as well as a three-year payoff plan.

eBay headquarters with Bloom Energy fuel cell units. Image courtesy of Bloom Energy

The Bloom Box appears to be just the beginning of the evolution of clean, renewable energy technology. As new innovative ways of creating clean energies continue to be explored meeting the demands of the world, and beyond, more obstacles will arise in the fight for monetary control. Unfortunately, the costs still outweigh the potential for cheap, accessible energy.





NASA using Bloom Energy Cells. Image courtesy of Bloom Energy