Researchers at Innovative Developments LLC, have come up with a revolutionary idea: a computer mouse that is worn on the index finger and works by waving the finger in the air and by rubbing against by using the side of the thumb. Currently still a Kickstarter project, EndGadget reports, that the Mycestro 3D wearable mouse is almost certain to take the electronics industry by storm. GizMag calls the new mouse innovative and reports that its design came about due to an electrical engineer at the company finding it difficult to work a mouse on an airplane’s fold-down table.
It’s a very simple looking device GizMag says, not much more than an off-white plastic ring that sits on the index finger. Inside however, is some fancy electronics that capture the most subtle movements made by the finger (similar to a tiny Kinnect device), which are converted to signals carried via Bluetooth broadcast. To indicate clicks, double-clicks and to allow for dragging and dropping the mouse is touched gently against the side of the thumb, or dragged, just as a table-top mouse does against a mouse pad.
When worn on the finger, the mouse takes up most of the distance between the two knuckle joints on the index finger and for some may even cover the first-but that’s not a problem, because bending the knuckle is not needed to operate the mouse, and may in fact be a hindrance if tried. Instead, once the mouse is on the finger and activated, it’s operated by simply moving the finger, or whole hand through the air. The cursor moves around on the screen just as with any other mouse. When the user wishes to click on an icon, for example, they simply hover over it, then tap the ring on their finger softly against the side of their thumb, and the option is selected. It’s fairly straightforward says EndGadget and intuitive. They report that it took just a few minutes to become acclimated to the new way of doing things and very soon thereafter forgot about it entirely. Their only complaint was a having to return once again to their regular mouse pad on their laptop after giving back the demo mouse. They report that the mouse can also be used as a remote controller for a computer as it works at distances of up to thirty feet away.
The mouse is currently available for purchase by pledging on the Kickstarter page for $79 for the white version or $99 for a choice of color. Its makers say it works with all computer types as well as hand-held devices.