Rapid keyboardless input (Rap, Rap Machinery) of Unicode characters (macros, keyboard commands) by a modified mouse-type manipulator (MTM) and special driver uses innovative methods of cursor control and information input.
Rap eliminates the acquisition of digital devices (DD) with physical keyboards as unnecessary.
Rap is designed for DD with any screen size: watches, augmented reality glasses, smartphone, tablet, desktop, car dashboard.
Rap uses multifunctional features of the human hand:"hinge in my hand puts to scorn all machinery"(Walt Whitman)
(see projects NN.10877, 40309, 40364)
A special driver has been developed under the control of the WINDOWS OS. Orders were placed for the manufacture of MTMs, providing rapid input. The driver allows you to use 2 or more MTM simultaneously for two or more hands. The traditional "mouse" does not provide rapid input, but can serve to demonstrate the actual input and control as keyboardless.
Rap Machinery Patent Group Pending
The market for keyboards and manipulators is huge. Until 2020 the number of Internet users (and this is at least one DD with a monitor and keyboard) will grow to more than 5 billion. In mid-2018 it amounted to 4.2 billion users
Problem or Opportunity
The Rap Machinery project proposes a new technical solution to the human-machine interface problem. Rap Machinery's approach to the multilateral consideration of the special functionality of the human hand should be used to solve problems with prosthetics of the upper limbs of a person and for the socialization of people with disabilities, for their recovery and rehabilitation
Solution (product or service)
Rap Machinery technical solution (without using a traditional physical keyboard) allows you to enter Unicode characters (macros and keyboard commands) without restrictions: Latin, Cyrillic, SEA characters (10,000 Chinese characters), supports 20+ languages and this list is open. The driver can be used with traditional mouse-type manipulators, which have 2+ keys; however, rapid input speed will not be ensured.
Information is taken for input and control by EMG, ultrasonic sensors and others, but primarily tactile
The Rap Machinery approach, accompanied by the abandonment of the physical keyboard in the design of DD, is changing the entire industry, giving a strong solution to the problems of the human-machine interface and for socializing people with physical disabilities.
The competing manufacturers offer interesting solutions, but customers do not always receive flexible technical means of communication with the DD.
Potential competitors, especially in terms of interesting creative ideas, are, e.g., such the developers - Gil Weinberg (https://www.sciencealert.com/man-with-prosthetic-hand-plays-piano-finger-control-ultrasound) and Dovid Schick (https: / /www.tapwithus.com/team/dovid/)
Advantages or differentiators
The real technical solution of Rap Machinery and its successful implementation will expand for ordinary people without physical features their ability to manage DD - from desktops to popular gadgets and smartphones.
Rap Machinery technical solution will promote the socialization of people with disabilities and their full integration into society
The Rap/Rap Machinery project received a new impetus in May 2019. Owner-investor spent $950
At this stage, it is planned to use the Rap Machinery approach to the diverse functionality of the human hand and to cooperate with leaders in the production of upper limb prostheses from Ukraine, Germany, Iceland, other European countries and the USA.
Then return to the general systemic solution to the problem of the human-machine interface
Money will be spent on
30 000 - expenses for the development of a special driver
18 000 - the cost of creating utility models MTM
Offer for investor
At this stage, the investor should be primarily a partner - the leader in the production of upper limb prostheses from Ukraine, Germany, Iceland or other countries of Europe and the USA, ready for cooperation in the manufacturing of products, interested in radically expanding the functionality of human upper limb prostheses. Success will help return to a common systemic solution to the human-machine interface problem