TAP Wearable Finger/Chord Keyboard Available for Pre-Order

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TAP, the wearable finger/chord keyboard, is available for pre-order. I wrote about this device in the prototype stage back in May of 2016. I said then that it might make sense, and now the company is ready to release. TAP reminds me first and foremost of the Atreides battle language from Dune. In the books, the language was used to communicate by tapping your fingers on someone else (while optionally having a different conversation with your mouth). When I watch TAP in action in the video below, it’s how I’ve always envisioned Frank Herbert’s idea. TAP works with a chord metaphor. They slip over your fingers and map your finger movements to chords that represent letters. Simply tap away to type wirelessly…anywhere. In any event, they’re available for preorder for $129, and each comes with a charging case. The company said they’d begin shipping in late December. We’ll be testing these puppies out.

Lofree Back to Indiegogo for Version 2 of Retro Mechanical Wireless Mac Keyboard

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Lofree is heading back to Indiegogo for version 2 of its retro-styled, mechanical, wireless Mac keyboard. The first version raised more than $700,000, and version 2—called Four Seasons—has topped $38,000 in its first day. While the keyboard works with Mac, iOS, Android, and Windows, the key layout is for Mac. It features both a wireless and wired mode, and will last between 1 and 2 weeks on a charge, depending on your backlighting use. Oh, and it offers backlighting with three levels of LED light, which you can see in the video below. It comes in four colors, Vernal White, Aestival Blue, Autumnal Grey, and Hibernal Black. There are Super Early Bird slots left at $74, and Early Bird slots for two keyboard for $140. They’re estimating shipping for March of 2018.