Taptool could be “the perfect accessory for the heavy touchscreen user”

by: Andrew GrushDecember 20, 2013


We live in a world that is dominated by touchscreen devices such as tablets, smartphones and even touch PCs. Touchscreen technology makes our lives easier because it creates an intuitive, natural way to control our mobile devices. On the downside, constantly tapping against a touchscreen can also be pretty hard on our joints and fingers.

For people with finger conditions such as nerve injuries and arthritis, prolonged use of touchscreen devices can prove to be a relatively uncomfortable experience. Even those without finger and joint issues can sometimes start to ache after using a tablet or smartphone over long periods of time.

With that in mind, an orthopedic physical therapist by the name of Matt Weiner is preparing to take his new ‘Taptool’ project to Kickstarter, which is designed to address some of the issues involved with touchscreen use. The Taptool is a mobile accessory made of injection molded engineered plastic that is designed to absorb vibrations and relieve stress from your finger and joints.

Aside from helping those with finger/joint issues, the Taptool is said to have other benefits including allowing for better type accuracy with the tines activating the screen “in a 3 to 4mm area”. The tool is also promoted as being useful for those with longer fingernails and as a way to keep smudges off your screen.

Even more importantly, the device could have potential in the healthcare industry, as it could provide doctors and other medical workers with a more hygienic way to use touch devices in a hospital/clinic setting.

Okay, the Taptool isn’t particularly exciting, but it could still be very useful in select situations. The only catch is that it doesn’t exist yet — at least not beyond the early prototyping phase. Weiner hopes to submit it to a crowdfunding platform in the near future, however.

It’s unclear how much the Taptool will cost if and when it becomes a true commercial product, though we imagine that it would be relatively cheap considering it’s basically just a small, custom piece of plastic that works with most touchscreen displays. For more details on the project, be sure to head to Taptool’s official site.

What do you think, could you see yourself using such an accessory? Would it make sense in settings where hygiene is a concern, such as hospitals? Let us know what you think in the comments!

  • Marcellus1

    So, is this thing somehow better for joints than a stylus? I doubt it’s as inexpensive… http://www.amazon.com/Cellphone-PLAYSTATION-Motorola-BlackBerry-AMM0101US/dp/B005AOKW8Q

    • districtjack

      Exactly. A stylus keeps your screen clean and makes typing as breeze. Clips on the neck of my shirt and if I lose it they are readily available at any dollar store. Lol

  • Alan Shearer

    Looks like a torture device for touch screens, ,seems it will be a scratch master 2000.

    • Carlos Poblano

      It looks like it’s made of rubbery plastic..

    • Ken Levin

      I really wanted to get one for my son whose dexterity is not great. I had to drive all the way to Philadelphia to find Matt Weiner. He generously offered me a prototype. My son really liked it and thought he was more accurate with it, at least on Angry Birds. There were no scratches on my phone after he used it.

      • Alan Shearer

        If so then that inventor is a genius.

  • Simos Katsiaris

    it’s not a bad idea but i’m afraid that that cost will be high and if you are like me you will need 8 at the minimum, i’m a heavy 10 finger multitouch user on my tablet especially during typing

  • Dt Bell

    What if you just cut the finger off on of those touch screen gloves? Warm finger touchy screen

    • Simos Katsiaris

      how are you going to cut your self with soft flexible rounded plastic?

      • Mike – Construction Contractor

        Did you completely read his comment?

        Dt Bell – I understand. Not sure how you get one finger glove to stay in place. Elastic? Maybe it connects with a lanyard to a wrist strap. Fancy!

  • David M Whittley

    Great for women with long fingernails that don’t own a smartphone in the Note series. I otherwise doubt people suffering from nerve injuries or arthritis would find this easy to hold or use.

  • Matt Weiner

    Thanks Andrew,

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  • The Gadget Guy

    I’ve been testing Taptool for a few weeks now. Great design and easy to use. Excellent accuracy on all my touchscreen devices. Leaves all my screens clean and smudge free with nary a scratch. Taptool is quickly becoming an indispensable item in my gadget arsenal.

  • Leonardo Baez

    I have big (ok huge) fingers… so i am in for this product

  • C. Haldis

    Being a heavy tablet user and having just recently rolled out roughly 300 tablets to construction field managers I am looking forward to testing this product. I have gone through a couple of stylus pens over the past few year and always seem to go back to not. I have also noticed many people in the field doing the same. I feel the protection to the joints along with the simplification it could provide to those with large fingers is a major plus.

  • Marcie Mitre

    I have had the opportunity to use this product. It is masterfully crafted, comfortable to use, and does not scratch. This is very helpful for many patients and may help to reduce the spread of germs on touchscreen devices as well. I highly recommend this product. Dr. M. Mitre

  • Ponzio Fucetola

    I’ve used it, and I am a fan. One of the things I like most is that you can leave it on your finger and keep working – you don’t have to put it down and pick it up again like you do with a stylus.