We are making a testbed for IFTTT integration. The idea behind IFTTT is the following - you can create your own rule - if something happens, please do the following. Say, you got a like on Facebook and IFTTT could send you a SMS with details. Or if the temperature in your home city drops below the freezing point - post a message on Facebook.
So here we are with TapTap and you’ll be able to create two types of rules:
- If you make a gesture with TapTap, do something which is possible with IFTTT;
- If something happens, make a vibro/LED notification on your TapTap. Each vibration will have the unique Light/vibro pattern in the front, helping you determine that this is notification, not the message from your tapmate.
For example, you’ll be able to shake your hand twice to send an SMS with your location to your partner. Imagine, you are driving home and it’s bit unsafe to make a phonecall without handsfree and it’s even more dangerous to text while you are driving.
other option - you can make a vibro notification when your Belkin WeMo motion sensor tells you something.
other option - you can turn the lights on by making a gesture using Philips Hue Lightbulbs.
Here are the gestures which are currently supported. We don’t want to make many of them to keep gesture recognition and your experience at the reasonable level.
As for IFTTT possibilities, have a look at the actions they support right now:
Currently we are doing the homework to make this happen, beside the technical stuff on our side there is the IFTTT pre-moderation, but we promise to do our best.
In addition to integrating RunKeeper and LoveByte with TapTap we are also working with Shadow
- a mobile App for recording and sharing your dreams. Along with smart alarm functionality it features a dream mood light which shows you average dream mood either in your Shadow community or among Shadow users in the neighbourhood.
Shadow is currently running a campaign on the Kickstarter that will end on November 2. We decided to make an additional pledge for Shadow fans so that you could support both of our teams.
How it works - the app and TapTap wakes you up in the middle of the night during the light sleep phase. That's exactly the period, when you can easily remember and record your dream. You can type the dream within the Shadow app or either record it by voice.
TapTap package is a set of two wristbands in individual gift boxes. If you are away from your partner, you may order a pair of TapTap wristbands to be delivered on two different addresses - we'll deliver the packages anywhere in the world, and you can begin TapTapping with your sweetheart.
We have already launched several successful projects together. Maybe you've heard of Lightpack or Trace (we did the PCB engineering and device software), some of our earlier projects.
TapTap wristband project started a year ago and initially was inspired by Nokia 888 (2005) bendable phone concept, Nokia logo with two hands touching each other and some researches regarding touch and haptic interfaces, like HAPI (2007-2009).
As for today we have three patent filings, PCB and mechanical design, several working prototypes, early versions of iOS, Android and server software.
Although TapTap is now at the prototype stage, and we have already spent over a year to make it perfect – as simple as an apple pie and as intimate as your first touch.
Here you see the first TapTap ever. It consists of TI MCU development board (big red board), Bluetooth module kit (small blue PCB on the left) and TapTap sensors board (green board on the right).
And here you can see the second TapTap prototype mounted on its own PCB. It's quite a big device (45x45 mm), but it is a complete functional sample of TapTap hardware. We used it to test out electronic design and to develop TapTap-smartphone connectivity.
And now the third prototype, aka, the Big Square TapTap. The first prototype which is actually wearable. And, yes, we used a third-party strap.
The "fourth" prototype and first design we loved, but dropped last month in favour of the design you can observe above.
The "fifth" and actual one design mockups and prototypes
So What Do We Need Money For?
The money we collect will be used for press form production (currently we are using 3D printers for prototype creation), certification (we want TapTap to be environmentally friendly and medically approved), and for the production of the first batch.
In addition to pledging a contribution to our project, you can help us out by sharing this page with friends, joining us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+, and sending your feedback and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org