Thank you for ordering the Tap. Once your Tap is in hand, follow this article for step by step instructions on the initial setup of your Tap strap. If you do not yet have your Tap, please bookmark these instructions for later.
Step 1: Download TapManager
Before you can begin using your Tap on any compatible device we highly recommend that you first download TapManager to your phone / tablet so that you have the latest firmware. TapManager provides a seamless setup experience for Tapping, with brief, important tutorials and software updates that will get you up and running in no time.
To download the app from the app store please follow this link using either an iOS or Android device: http://tapwith.us/GetTapManager
When you open TapManager for the first time, you will be greeted with video instructions on how to put on your Tap, use your Tap, and tapping tips. More verbally descriptive videos are also available for blind users via the accessibility link at the top.
Once you have watched the Tap videos, you will be prompted to pair your new Tap!
Step 2: Pair Your Tap
Open the Tap box and take out the device. Press the center button on the thumb one time to turn it on - you don’t need to press and hold. You will feel a short vibration that corresponds to the battery level of your Tap - each buzz represents 33% charge. You can learn more about charging the Tap here: https://support.tapwithus.com/hc/en-us/articles/213575705-How-do-I-charge-my-Tap-
Once your Tap is on, the LED will begin flashing quickly, which means your device is now in pairing mode. Pair your tap with your phone/tablet at the TapManager prompt
Step 3: Configure your Tap using TapManager
Once your Tap is paired to your device you will see four tabs:
- Apps - a helpful list of our existing learning applications and games
- How to - Video guides with detailed voiceover information ranging from how to wear the Tap to how to type and use your mouse.
- Settings - Where you will customize your Tap
- Help - Links to our support channels and social profiles
If you do not see these tabs - please try to turn off your bluetooth or try repairing your Tap
Step 4 Configuring your Tap’s Settings
There are three very important things to check before you start tapping. Starting in the settings tab of TapManager, please make sure your device is up to date under the “Check for Updates” section. We release firmware updates often, so be sure to check your settings! For detailed instructions on updating your Tap - see this article: https://support.tapwithus.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002708634-How-To-Update-Your-Tap-s-Firmware
If you are left handed or prefer to use the Tap with your left hand, toggle the Left Handed Switch.
Lastly, you will find the Voice-Over Mode switch toward the bottom of the TapManager application in the Accessibility section. You can turn this on or off at anytime to enable Tap’s VoiceOver commands to work with iOS VoiceOver.
You can learn how to wear your Tap on your hand in this video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hml9lskcxHQ&list=PLwJomqPlLNYkUDc5HVhjz-eFezarkXh21
You can further customize your tap experience by toggling the Vibration feedback and Auto-Correction features on or off. You can also select if you want your Tap to be in mouse only mode, keyboard only mode, or both mouse and keyboard under the INPUT section. There is also a slider bar to adjust your mouse scroll speed, scroll sensitivity and the ability to flip your scroll direction. There’s also an option to increase or decrease the speed of your double taps for special characters or shortcuts. You can always come back and change these settings later as you get more familiar with your Tap.
Learning the Tap Alphabet
We have two learning applications to master the Tap Alphabet: TapGenius and TapAloud (optimized for vision impaired users). It takes approximately one to two hours of play to learn the Tap alphabet. The game, which breaks down the alphabet into eight easy to remember “tap sets” combines musical mnemonic tutorials and engaging game-play for each set.
Download them here to get started:
- TapGenius - http://tapwith.us/GetTapGenius
- TapAloud - Low vision and blind users: http://tapwith.us/GetTapAloud
More Fun Apps
We are constantly producing new games that use your Tap as a game controller. Let your fingers control shooting, shielding, jumping and more in TapTapBunny or TapChase. Fly a plane with your Tapmouse in TapSquadron or just improve your finger dexterity with TapLoops. Check them all out on our website: https://www.tapwithus.com/apps
Customizing Your Tap with TapMaps
Once you're settled in, you can start creating your own TapMaps to customize your inputs and controls. This can be done with the TapMapper tool: map.tapwithus.com. Once your custom map has been created, save it to the mapping list and upload it via TapManager with a one-click download!
To change and activate your TapMap, select the Maps tab in the TapManager application:
Select which category your map is under or which category of map you would like to explore. You can also view the glossary of the maps in PDF by clicking the teal GLOSSARY button. Once you have found the map you want to export, simply hit the blue GET button to install it:
This installs the map onto your Tap. Your Tap will retain this map even if you disconnect from your phone and pair your Tap to another device. To swap between maps hit SWITCH (ooxxx) then the letter C (xoxxx). You will feel a short vibration when switching.