Unique wearable Taptool accessory arrives to Kickstarter, 2 Taptools for pledge of $10

by: Andrew GrushJanuary 21, 2014


It was just last month that we first reported on the Taptool, a unique tablet/smartphone accessory that essentially works as a wearable stylus. At the time the project was still in the earlier conceptual phases, though a working prototype did exist. Now the Taptool’s creator Matt Weiner is taking things a step further by launching an official Kickstarter campaign.

Okay, but why exactly would anyone want or need a Taptool? First and foremost, the taptool is designed by an orthopedic physical therapist to absorb vibrations and relieve the stress from our joints and fingers. This is particularly important for people with finger conditions including arthritis and nerve injuries. The tool could be equally useful for those of us that are constantly using our smartphones and tablets, as prolonged use can cause some aching even in individuals without finger/joint problems.

Beyond working as a way to relieve joint stress, the Taptool has additional benefits including better type accuracy with tines that activate the screen in a 3 to 4mm area, and for those with bigger fingers or longer fingernails. It could even work as a hygienic cover when using a tablet in medical settings (hospitals, clinics, etc) or schools — as wearing individual taptools could prevent the spread of germs.

The Taptool certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s still a pretty neat idea and thankfully not too terribly expensive either. For a pledge of just $10 you can secure two taptools in the size of your choice. For those looking for more than two, $17 will net you 5 taptools and a carrying case, $20 will give you 5 (with case) in the sizes of your choice, and $28 or more will give you 5 taptools and a case for yourself, as well as 2 taptools sent to a separate address, for those that wouldn’t mind gifting these to someone.

If you’re looking to show an even higher level of support, their are also options ranging up to $90 that include 5 Taptools along several different types of apparel (t-shirts, hoodies, etc).

The Kickstarter project officially started today and has 33 days left. Weiner hopes to generate $10,000 and currently has already seen a total pledge amount of $1,014. For those interested, be sure to check out the official Kickstarter and pledge your support!

What do you think, could you see yourself using such an accessory, or would you rather just use something like a traditional stylus? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

  • Jayfeather787

    Good bye scratchless screen

    • Andrew Grush

      Reportedly the tines are soft enough they do not cause a problem. I have yet to use one personally, but I’ve heard several people that say this is not a major problem.

      • Jayfeather787

        Oh, ok, well in that case, this is pretty cool.

      • Jason Yuen

        Then there’s the issue of losing one of them. Then you have the awkward decision to either type with 1 finger or just toss the other one altogether. It’s just another liability accessory that’s prone to be lost. They could have attached that tip to a cut off glove finger. That would make it more convenient and easier to put on and pull off. If I want to be hygenic, I’d rather wash my hands and wipe my phone with a cloth regularly. If I want accuracy, I’d rather use a stylus. If I want to type quickly, I’d use swiftkey or swype. With auto correction, accuracy isn’t that big an issue anymore. Unless you’re writing an essay on your phone, then I don’t see the hassle being worth it. Then again if you’re writing an essay on your phone, you probably aren’t very productive to begin with.

      • Ben

        I have also used it and it has made typing on my iphone WAY easier.

    • melissa

      I’ve used it; it’s not a problem at all. And my typing is way more accurate with the taptool on!

  • Humberto Hernandez

    Ok, 10$? No thanks

  • John Doe

    You have got to be kidding me right?? Ergonomics for your tapping finger!!
    and just when I thought I had heard it all … lmao

  • apianist16

    Because everyone is going to (remember to) put this on before checking their e-mail or what-have-you? Riiiight.

  • Michael Vieux

    Had one similar to it in the ’90’s for my Palm Pilot

  • Dawid

    That nail is just disgusting!

  • Jason Yuen

    BWAHAHAHAHA… Sorry that’s all I could come up with.

  • damian

    What’s the point of using capacitive screen if we use this?
    Isn’t this defeats the purpose of capacitive screen as tool-free touch experience

  • tij

    It might be a good idea for people that get sweaty and oily hands.