Nick Mastandrea was flying home from Denver one day two years ago when he noticed a man having trouble working on his computer due to the limited space. That's when he envisioned the Mycestro, a wireless mouse that mounts to your index finger.
Since that time, he has worked on enhancing his product, conducting demonstrations, and building a team for development. His product was even featured on Kickstarter. The campaign was successful, gaining more than three times the original goal of $100,000 -- to the tune of $354,114. If such a new mouse seems to interest you, you can still pre-order it at the Mycestro website. The low price of $79 will get you one Mycestro in classic white, while a pledge of $99 will allow you to choose a Mycestro from a variety of colors.
The Mycestro is capable of all the functions of a regular mouse -- navigating web pages, clicking on tabs, and scrolling. This is accomplished through a touch sensitive panel, which rests on the side of your finger. The panel is positioned in a place such that tapping it with the thumb or holding it feels as natural as possible. When not being touched, the mouse is inactive and will not move; likewise, when the thumb is held up against the touch panel, users will be able to move the cursor about and navigate freely. The touch panel also houses the buttons, which act as the left-click/right-click buttons on a mouse. There is an optional third button, which can be used as a middle click. Scrolling is also accomplished through the touch panel, which is activated by sliding the thumb up or down along the panel.
Currently, Mycestro will work with Windows 7/XP, Mac, and Linux. Mastandrea is also hard at work making it compatible with as many devices as possible. The mouse is also capable of working up to 30 feet away thanks to a Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy Protocol, making it ideal for presentations. Furthermore, the battery is expected to last up to eight hours and is charged via a USB port outfitted on the back of the mouse. With all the designs almost finalized and perfected, all that is left to do is to get the mouse into production. Funds generated through Kickstarter will be used to fund plastic injection mold tooling, a preproduction prototype run of the electronics, and a pilot run for manufacturing complete units, testing, and packaging. We can expect to be seeing the Mycestro out in the market by the end of the year with an expected release date between October and November.
That's quite cool and I can see how it might be a bit more ergonomic and help cure repetitve stress that comes with using a mouse. I have a very sore right wrist from my years of computer user and would love to try something like this.
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