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What Is This ?

TAP iOS SDK allows you to build a a native iOS app that can receive input from TAP devices, In a way that each tap is being interpreted as an array or fingers that are tapped, or a binary combination integer (explanation follows), Thus allowing the TAP device to act as a controller for your app!


Download the SDK open-source code from github, and compile it to create TAPKit.framework. The SDK is written in swift but supports objective-c integration as well.

Importing TAPKit into your source code:

    import TAPKit

Implementing TAPKitDelegate

TAPKit uses delegates to call the neccessary functions, and supports multiple delegates.

To add a delegate, you must implement TAPKitDelegate protocol. Functions available (all optional) in TAPKitDelegate:

    @objc public protocol TAPKitDelegate : class {
        @objc optional func centralBluetoothState(poweredOn:Bool) -> Void
        @objc optional func tapConnected(withIdentifier identifier:String, name:String)
        @objc optional func tapDisconnected(withIdentifier identifier:String)
        @objc optional func tapFailedToConnect(withIdentifier identifier:String, name:String)
        @objc optional func tapped(identifier:String, combination:UInt8)


Called whenever bluetooth state is changed. You can use this function to alert the user for example.

tapConnected(withIdentifier identifier: String, name: String)

Called when a TAP device is connected to the iOS device, sending the TAP identifier and it's display name. Each TAP device has an identifier (a unique string) to allow you to keep track of all the taps that are connected (if for example you're developing a multiplayer game, you need to keep track of the players). This identifier is used in the rest of the TAPKitDelegate functions.

  • TAPKit does NOT scan for TAP devices, therefor the use must pair the devices to the iOS device first.

tapDisconnected(withIdentifier identifier: String)

Called when a TAP device is disconnected from the iOS device, sending the TAP identifier.

tapFailedToConnect(withIdentifier identifier: String, name: String)

Called when a TAP device failed to connect, sending the TAP identifier and it's display name.

tapped(identifier: String, combination: UInt8)

This is where magic will happen. This function will tell you which TAP was being tapped (identifier:String), and which fingers are tapped (combination:UInt8) Combination is a 8-bit unsigned number, between 1 and 31. It's binary form represents the fingers that are tapped. The LSB is thumb finger, the MSB (bit number 5) is the pinky finger. For example: if combination equls 3 - it's binary form is 00101, Which means that the thumb and the middle fingers are tapped. For your convenience, you can convert the binary format into fingers boolean array (explanation follows)

Adding a TAPKitDelegate :

If your class implements TAPKitDelegate, you can tell TAPKit to add the class as a delegate, thus allowing your class to receive the above callbacks. To do so:


After you added your class as a delegate, you need to call the "start" function. The "start" function should be called once, usually in the main screen where you need the tapConnected callback.


Removing a TAPKitDelegate

If you no longer need the callbacks, you can remove your class as a TAPKitDelegate:


Converting a binary combination to fingers array

As said before, the tapped combination is an unsigned 8-bit integer. to convert it to array of booleans:

    let fingers = TAPCombination.toFingers(combination)

While: fingers[0] indicates if the thumb is being tapped. fingers[1] indicates if the index finger is being tapped. fingers[2] indicates if the middle finger is being tapped. fingers[3] indicates if the ring finger is being tapped. fingers[4] indicates if the pinky finger is being tapped.

Get the connected TAPS

If you wish at any point in your app, as long as TAPKit has been started, you can receive a dictionary of connected taps.

    let taps = TAPKit.sharedKit.getConnectedTaps()

While the result is a dictionary where the key is the tap identifier, and the value is it's display name.


Each TAP has a mode in which it works as. Two modes available: CONTROLLER MODE (Default) - allows receiving the "tapped" func callback in TAPKitDelegate with the fingers combination without any post-processing. TEXT MODE - the TAP device will behave as a plain bluetooth keyboard, "tapped" func in TAPKitDelegate will not be called.

When a TAP device is connected it is by default set to controller mode.

If you wish for a TAP to act as a bluetooth keyboard and allow the user to enter text input in your app, you can set the mode:

    TAPKit.sharedKit.setTAPInputMode(TAPInputMode.text, forIdentifiers: [String])

The first parameter is the mode. You can use any of these modes: TAPInputMode.controller, TAPInputMode.text the second parameter is an array of identifiers of TAP devices that you want to change the mode. You can pass nil if you want ALL the TAP devices to change their mode.

Just don't forget to switch back to controller mode after the user has entered the text :

TAPKit.sharedKit.setTAPInputMode(TAPInputMode.controller, forIdentifiers: [String])

You can ask TAPKit which mode a specific TAP device is in. The result is a string, which can be compared to TAPInputMode.text or TAPInputMode.controller :

    let mode = TAPKit.sharedKit.getTAPInputMode(forTapIdentifier: identifier)
    if mode == TAPInputMode.controller {

    } else if mode == TAPInputMode.text {



TAPKit has a log, which logs all the events that happens. This can be useful for debugging, or should be attached when reporting a bug :)

There are 4 types of events:

    @objc public enum TAPKitLogEvent : Int {
        case warning = 0
        case error = 1
        case info = 2
        case fatal = 3

To enable logging of all the events:


To disable logging of all the events:


To enable a specific event, errors for example:

    TAPKit.log.enable(event: .error)

And to disable a spcific event, warnings for example:

    TAPKit.log.disable(event: .warning)

Example APP

The xcode project contains an example app where you can see how to use the features of TAPKit.


Please refer to the issues tab! :)

Have fun!