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The Mycestro 3D wearable mouse

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February 24, 2013

The Mycestro 3D space recognition to control your computer (Photo: Innovative Developments...

The Mycestro 3D space recognition to control your computer (Photo: Innovative Developments LLC)

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While we now have scroll-wheels, wireless connections and touch-surfaces, the basic form factor of the computer mouse remains remarkably similar to the box-with-a-button first demonstrated by Douglas C. Engelbart back in 1968. This doesn't mean there haven't been attempts to shake-up mouse design though, and the latest to cross our desk is the Mycestro 3D mouse – a thumb-activated, wireless mouse that attaches to your index finger.

The traditional mouse has its limitations when it comes to certain human-computer interface scenarios we find ourselves in these days: the cramped train commute, crowded coffee shop, and not forgetting the airplane fold down table that was the original inspiration for the Mycestro design.

The founder of Ohio-based Innovative Developments LLC Nick Mastandrea has been working on the design for around two years. The current prototype uses 3D space recognition to control your computer without any requirement for dedicated mouse space or a touch pad on your device.

The Mycestro is the size of a Bluetooth earpiece and designed to be worn on the index finger. It uses a combination of sensors and algorithms to collect finger movement information and a touch sensitive panel located on the side of the finger closest to the thumb. Like removing your hand from the mouse, the Mycestro is inactive until you touch and hold anywhere on its side panel, which means you can type or make a coffee without having to remove it. Once the cursor becomes active, finger movements combined with the active thumb press direct it to the desired location, whilst further thumb motions on the touch panel button sections provide a full range of mouse clicks and scroll functionality. The 3D mouse also enables users to personalize programmable gesture commands in addition to the usual mouse functions, such as a flick or swipe movements.

The Innovative Developments LLC team hopes to have the first products available for delive...

The Mycestro uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) Protocol to give it a range of 30 ft (9.1 m). It's compatible with Bluetooth Smart Ready devices including iPads, MacBooks, and any PC with a compatible BLE dongle. According to its creators, Android devices should be on-line by the end of the year. The current version has two interchangeable clip sizes to cater for different digits an it's charged via USB, with one charge said to provide eight hours of battery life depending on usage.

A Kickstarter campaign is underway to raise funds for tooling and a preproduction prototype run. The Innovative Developments LLC team hopes to have the first products available for delivery around October 2013. Kickstarter prices range from US $79 for a white version, and US$ 99 for a choice of colors.

The video below provides a brief introduction to the Mycestro development process.

Source: Innovative Developments LLC via Kickstarter

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Donna Taylor After years of working in software delivery, Donna seized the opportunity to head back to university and this time study a lifelong passion: Architecture. Originally from the U.K. and after living in many countries, Donna and her family are now settled in Western Australia. When not writing Donna can be found at the University of Western Australia's Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Department.   All articles by Donna Taylor
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7 Comments

How does this compare to the cheaper priced leapmotion system which tracks 10 fingers in realtime without having to wear anything?

Is there some benefit I'm not seeing here? Obviously as the product is funded there is a market for it, I would have just thought there were better mouse alternatives in 2013

Tony Smale
24th February, 2013 @ 09:07 pm PST

@Tony Smale, I'd see it as useful for controlling my media computer while watching TV. Also, controlling an electronic whiteboard, or interacting with Powerpoint, in a lecturing situation. I'm tempted to sign up for one.

The leapmotion (which I have on order) is more suited to use with desk-bound situation (well, I hope it will be!)

Two different devices, serving quite different use cases.

splatman
25th February, 2013 @ 04:02 am PST

This pointer is somewhat similar to the felix from 1988. The difference is the felix used the index finger/thumb for pointing and had a pleasant positive microswitch select. Also it didn't require fittinv or constAnt cleaning.

attoman
25th February, 2013 @ 09:34 am PST

Wearable input devices for wearable computers. Funded. Nuff said.

Noah Zerkin
25th February, 2013 @ 10:21 pm PST

Are they making it for left handed people also?

Sylvio Monteiro Deutsch
26th February, 2013 @ 10:13 am PST

I hope they don't try to patent it. Two words: Prior (http://www.gizmag.com/go/6922/) art (http://www.gizmag.com/genius-wireless-ring-mouse-release/18639/).

Duuude
27th February, 2013 @ 02:11 pm PST

How does it function with Adobe, Autodesk and other like major software program suppliers? For instance, 3DConnextion Space Pilot Pro has almost 100 programs it can work with in 3D. While large and bulky, costly, functionality is all most care about.

Mike Dar
3rd June, 2013 @ 04:59 am PDT
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