TAPit is the first ADA compliant interactive learning station designed to recognize the difference between an arm resting upon the screen and a finger or assistive device intentionally tapping an image. The device is within reach for people using wheelchairs, walkers or other mobility devices, providing full access to the screen with easy adjustments that adapt to individualized needs.
The TAPit is designed under the principles of Universal Design for Learning to create an adaptable workstation that grants access to digital information in multiple ways. It also allows those who need to lean or balance on the workstation to do so without recognizing that unintended touch, and allowing them to continue to interact with the screen. With the touch of a button, the device can move up or down and the 42″ interactive LCD panel can be tilted from 0 – 90 degrees.
The platform works with virtually all educational and assistive software programs that you’re currently using. Name a program, and this device makes it better in a big way. The large, touch-sensitive screen supports the use of on-screen keyboards or voice recognition for typing; switch/scanning for mouse control or cause/effect programs; screen readers for text-to-speech capability; as well as screen magnification programs.
The motorized height and tilt adjustment allow the workstation to be customized to a specific user or group of users’ needs. Everyone can benefit from the various heights the platform reaches. The tilt adjustment accommodates users in wheelchairs, walkers and other mobility devices who cannot access a wall-mounted interactive white board.
- 42” commercial grade LCD monitor with external speakers and Intended Touch Technology
- Monitor is shatter-resistant, scratch-resistant and moisture-sealed
- Stand moves up and down and tilts from 0-90 degrees with motorized touch control
- Tip-resistant stand is on 5” anti-mar, anti-microbial locking casters for easy mobility
- Monitor and stand have texture and purple finish for sensory integration
- 3-year parts and labor warranty
- 2-year extended warranty available – contact us for more information
The TAPit has recently undergone some upgrades to continue to keep it on the cutting edge of devices that assist special education teachers and students.
- Folding laptop tray
- Improved cable management
- Power supply at top of base
- Moveable controls
- Has both intended touch and multi-touch – allows up to 80 simultaneous touch points
- Fastest, and most accurate touch technology available
- Plug and play, no drivers needed
- Gesture to allow for zoom with 2 fingers or hands
- Strengthened monitor glass
* The TAPit monitor’s life has been rated to 50,000 hours. An Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) projector lamp lasts about 3,000 hours. A projector lamp costs about $300. To equally compare the two, you should include the cost to get the projector to 50,000 hours. At $300 per 3,000 bulb hours, it would cost $4800 to get to an additional 48,000 lamp hours.
The TAPit can adjust its height down to 7.5 inches from the ground. Due to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations, an IWB with a ceiling-mounted projector must be mounted at least 28 inches from the ground. This height makes it difficult for young learners to access most of the space on an IWB.
This device also creates the opportunity for an individual in a wheelchair to fully access the work area. The tilt and Intended Touch features give individuals access to information on a slant, which is the most natural way of writing.
As an ADA compliant workstation, this device provides flexibility, adaptability, and security for school districts and other institutions.
Researchers at East Carolina University completed a study involving 8 autistic children to determine how effective the TAPit and Vizzle software from Monarch Teaching Technologies would be for these students.
All students in the study exceeded expectations!
John M. Williams offers an article in Assistive Technology News about the TAPit and the accessibility if offers to people with differing abilities.
Here are letters from TAPit users who have seen the impact this device can have with people with differing abilities.
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Corpus Christi, TX
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago
For older models manufactured prior to December of 2016, the TAPit platform’s intended touch technology requires the installation of special software drivers on each computer connecting to the device.