Media Release: TAPS on World Stage

CES 2016

January 5, 2016

For Immediate Release

Peterborough StartUp on World Stage

Peterborough, ON – Peterborough's Michael Zinn will be in Las Vegas presenting TAPS Wearable at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Thursday, January 7th at 10:15 a.m. PT. CES is the technology industry's largest educational forum and is known for some of the biggest technology product launches. The invitation-only conference is held annually over a four day period during which time technology developers showcase the latest technology.

Zinn will be joining a panel of speakers from including Frances West (IBM), Steve Merlis (Samsung), Jen Quinlan (Rithmio) and Oscar Werner (Tobii Tech) discussing promoting independence for people with disabilities through technology. They will present case studies showing how technology can extend the senses and otherwise help people with disabilities.

“This is an exciting opportunity to introduce TAPS to an international audience. I never would have imagined that a simple idea would garner the attention that it has. I'm excited to grow this technology into a solid Peterborough-based business,” said Zinn.

TAPS Wearable gives a voice to people who are unable to speak. T.A.P.S. (Trigger Activated Personal aSsistant) is a collection of wearable triggers that can be placed anywhere on a persons’ clothing or on a wheelchair. When paired to the user’s cell phone through Bluetooth, the user can TAP one of the various triggers to communicate customizable pre-programmed messages.

Recently TAPS won the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge which is a three-month global software development competition leveraging mobile and wireless technologies to improve the lives of people living with disabilities. His cutting edge technology has been showcased at Wearable World Conference and has been partially funded through an IndiGoGo campaign.

TAPS is market ready and they are currently raising capital to mass produce. The presentation will be available online to watch at www.TAPSwearable.com/CES. Follow Zinn on Twitter @TAPSwearable where he will be blogging his experience during the conference.

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Contact:

Heather Watson, Media Relations

 705-201-1663 Email: heather@marketingmediasolutions.ca

Twitter: @TAPSwearable  

Media Release: TAPS Wins Hackathon!

July 28, 2015 - For Immediate Release

New York, NY – Canadian-based innovator, Michael Zinn won at the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge with his product TAPS which is a device that gives a voice to people who are unable to speak and control other features on their portable device.  T.A.P.S. (Trigger Activated Personal aSsistant) was one of 15 submissions in the category of the challenge; a three-month global software development competition leveraging mobile and wireless technologies to improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

In addition to bragging rights, Zinn’s team will receive $10,000 in prize money which will help with further research and product development.  TAPS was also invited to work with NYU to further test and develop the product in the Fall. “This is phenomenal” says Zinn, “we are looking ahead to build out the software for different uses to help people live more independently.”

TAPS is a collection of wearable triggers that can be placed anywhere on a persons’ clothing or on a wheelchair. When paired to the user’s cell phone or tablet through Bluetooth, the user can TAP one of the various triggers to communicate customizable pre-programmed messages, take photos, answer phone calls, open emails and connect with other Bluetooth devices. The product is market ready and Founders are raising capital to go into production. A shipment is expected later this summer which will be used for further testing and development. A limited quantity will be available for sale.

The idea struck Peterborough resident Michael Zinn when he saw DrumPants makers on an episode of Shark Tank. Zinn a rehabilitation support worker, reached out to DrumPants Founders Lei Yu and Tyler Freeman to see if the product can be modified to help people speak. “For, people with debilitating diseases like ALS or Cerebral Palsy, it is incredibly difficult to communicate to their support workers. TAPS allows people to become more independent because it gives them a voice,” says Zinn.

Xian Horn Connect Ability Challenge Exemplar, Victor Calise Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and Innovator Michael Zinn

Xian Horn Connect Ability Challenge Exemplar, Victor Calise Commissioner of the New York Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities and Innovator Michael Zinn