• Tapio - iOS Device Switch Interface

Tapio™ is a direct connect, Lightning fast, dual switch interface that's suitable for everyday access, but can fly with any warp speed gamer.

With Tapio and an adaptive switch, a single switch user can have complete access to an iPad, an iPhone or an iPod touch, using Apple's new Switch Control feature in iOS7. A single switch scanner really can move the highlight to an app on the home screen, launch it, and scan to controls within the app. All that's left is to plug an appropriate adaptive switch into Tapio, and attach it to an iOS Device using an Apple dock adapter.

Switch Control provides revolutionary access to the iOS touch interface that until now was only a dream.

The beauty of a robust direct connection is there are no wireless worries with Bluetooth pairing, drop-outs, and sluggish connections. Forget about charging batteries too, Tapio sips power direct from the iPad's dock port.

Tapio is a complete switch interface solution — elegant, simple, fast, efficient, and agile (iOS, Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms).

Tapio is a native USB switch interface that can be connected to an Apple iOS Device using an Apple USB camera adapter. It accepts industry standard 3.5 mm stereo or mono plugs, and directly interfaces up to two adaptive switches to an Apple iOS Device or computer. Tapio is powered from the device, and does not require external power. Tapio uses standard USB Human Interface Device (HID) drivers and works with iOS Devices, Windows, Macintosh and Linux computers, and many Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices.

  • Lightning Fast and Low latency
  • Very Low Power
  • Host powered — No Batteries to Charge or Replace
  • Reliable Direct Connection — No Bluetooth Pairing Issues, Drop-outs, or Sluggish Connections
  • Multi-Platform — Works with Apple iOS Devices, and Mac, Windows and Linux computers
  • 3.5-mm (1/8-inch ) stereo jack
  • Accepts Single or Dual Switches (stereo plug)
  • Apple Switch Control (iOS 7) Events
  • RJ Cooper Switch Events
  • Keyboard Switch Events
  • Mouse Button Events
  • Joystick Button Events
  • Supports USB Remote Wakeup
  • Full Speed USB device
  • Uses standard USB HID drivers
  • Weighs ½-ounce (14-grams)
  • 2- by 0.8- by 0.5-inches (51- by 20- by 13-mm)
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Origin Instruments Quality, Reliability and Support


A note about Compatibility:

Apple iOS Devices have worked with direct connect USB keyboards since the early days of iPhone. However, Apple only officially supports Bluetooth keyboards. For this reason whenever you plug a USB keyboard into an iOS Device, or turn on an iOS Device with USB keyboard connected you will receive a notification or message telling you that it is not supported.

Since Tapio presents itself as a USB keyboard, you will see this message. Simply tap OK directly or scan to and "tap" OK to dismiss the dialog box.


Tapio's integrated DIP Switch selects iOS Device specific modes, mouse, joystick, or keyboard functions as shown in the table below.

Tapio Mode Settings
DIP Switch Mode Outputs Timing
1 2 3   Switch 1 Switch 2  
ON ON ON Tapio-1 (Default) Space Enter Full Duration
OFF ON ON Tapio-2 Space Enter Pulse
ON OFF ON RJ ~ 1 ~ 3 Pulse
OFF OFF ON Rich Space 1 Enter 2 Pulse-Pulse
ON ON OFF Mouse Left Right Full Duration
OFF ON OFF Joystick #1 #2 Full Duration
ON OFF OFF Keyboard-1 Enter Space Full Duration
OFF OFF OFF Keyboard-2 1 2 Full Duration

(SW4 is reserved and should be ON.)

Outputs describes the keyboard keys, mouse buttons, or joystick buttons that are sent when the first and second adaptive switches are actuated. In most cases one key is sent in two cases (RJ and Rich Modes) two keys are sent in quick succession.

Timing further describes how keys are sent.

For Full Duration timing, Tapio holds the keyboard key down as long as the associated adaptive switch is held down.

For Pulse timing the key is held down only briefly and released no matter how long the associated adaptive switch is held down. For example, in RJ mode when an adaptive switch is first pressed the ~ (tilde) and then the 1 (ONE) keys are sent in quick succession. Nothing happens when the adaptive switch is released.

For Pulse-Pulse timing, when the adaptive switch is pressed Tapio briefly holds down and releases the first key listed, and when the adaptive switch is released Tapio briefly holds down and releases the second key listed. For example, in Tapio's RICH mode when the adaptive switch is pressed and held Tapio "presses" and immediately releases the SPACE key. Then, when the adaptive switch is released Tapio "presses" and immediately releases the 1 (ONE) key. This allows applications to know exactly when an adaptive switch was pressed and when it was released. Knowing the leading and trailing edges of switch actuation allows app developers to employ more efficient scanning techniques.


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Tapio - iOS Device Switch Interface

  • Product Code: 9932
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $99.95