The Clip Mouse is available in color choices of black or white
The humble computer mouse works pretty good just as it is, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to improve it. One such new-school device is the Clip Mouse, which is worn on the fingers and doesn’t require a flat working surface.
Currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the German-designed gadget is designed to replicate the features of Apple’s Magic Mouse (and yes, it is also compatible with PCs). It’s shaped kind of like a sideways letter U, and is worn across the top and bottom of the user’s index and middle fingers.
As the user moves their hand through the usual cursor-moving motions, an integrated accelerometer detects the mouse’s horizontal movements, relaying them to the computer via Bluetooth. Because no laser or other optical components are involved, the device doesn’t have to be used on a flat, uniform surface such as a mouse pad.
Left and right clicking motions are detected on the lower “arm” of the U, as the undersides of the wearer’s fingers press against a built-in touchscreen.
The Clip Mouse is presently on KickstarterClip Mouse
When the user wishes to type – and doesn’t want their typing movements to be misconstrued as mousing movements – they temporarily disable the mouse simply by pressing a pushbutton on its side with their thumb. That same button is used to recenter the cursor into the middle of the screen if it gets stuck off to one side.
One USB-charge of the device’s lithium-ion battery should reportedly be good for 50 hours of use.
Assuming the Clip Mouse reaches production, a pledge of €59 (about US$65) will get you one. It’s demonstrated in the following video.
Clip Mouse – a computer mouse like no other
Based out of Edmonton, Canada, Ben Coxworth has been writing for New Atlas since 2009 and is presently Managing Editor for North America. An experienced freelance writer, he previously obtained an English BA from the University of Saskatchewan, then spent over 20 years working in various markets as a television reporter, producer and news videographer. Ben is particularly interested in scientific innovation, human-powered transportation, and the marine environment.