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Health Tech: Tap Input Wearable

Wearables can transform healthcare, but how do you input information on a smart patch? One company has a clever wearable alternative to a keyboard!

Sensor patches, fitness bands, and smart garments are already changing how we experience healthcare in our lives. One problem is that they are too small to include a keyboard or even a touch pad, so how can you communicate with them? One company has created a wearable device that you wear on one hand, and it detects when you tap your fingers. By sensing taps and combinations of fingers, you can use it as a replacement for a traditional keyboard. The wireless device lets you type anywhere you happen to be, and can also connect with tablets or smartphones. There’s even an optical mouse device attached to the thumb. We’ve seen other devices for one-handed data input, however, so it remains to be seen if enough users are willing to give up their QWERTY keyboards for go-anywhere convenience.

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Written by Alfred Poor

Alfred Poor is an "Into Tomorrow" Contributing Correspondent, health tech speaker, writer and the founding Editor of Health Tech Insider: a website and industry newsletter that covers wearable and mobile technology for health and medical applications. With more than 2,400 articles published on the site, he has a broad perspective of where the global industry stands today and where it’s headed... Into Tomorrow.

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