Every few weeks here on the ZAGGblog we bring you news about a new gadget that promises to bring us closer to controlling our computers and devices in the same style as Tom Cruise in “Minority Report.“
While some devices look promising, we still aren’t waving our hands in front of screens — at least for anything other than playing video games like XBox Kinect and Wii.
The latest entrant in the “reinventing the mouse” sweepstakes, however, is Mycestro, a Kickstarter-based project that as of Tuesday was almost 70 percent of the way to successfully reaching its $100,000 fundraising goal.
“Mycestro is a 3D mouse that fits on the index finger and allows you to control your computer with hand gestures and mouse functions,” the official description of the device reads. Mycestro’s inventor, in his Kickstarter pitch, notes that he thought of the idea for a mouse that attaches to your finger while on an airplane, watching a man fumble with a mouse in the limited space provided on the flight.
According to the fundraising page, Mycestro has the ability to track hand motion as it moves around spatially. The buttons on Mycestro are activated by your thumb, and there are three buttons. The mouse has a range of up to 30 feet, connects via Bluetooth, can be charged with a micro-USB cable, and has internal controls to ensure that the pointer moves when you want it to and doesn’t move when it doesn’t.
Mycestro looks like a nifty little device which could be a solid alternative on the mouse market, especially for people who value space. A $79 contribution to the Kickstarter campaign will net you a white Mycestro, while a $99 contribution would get you your choice of cyan, magenta, yellow, or black.
Upon first seeing the video for Mycestro, I was skeptical about whether the device would be something useful for someone like me who flies a lot. I am actually on a plane as I write this, and am relegated to using the touchpad on my PC laptop, which depending on the application I’m using, can be an exercise in futility. The touchpad on my Macbook Pro is considerably better, but as most of you know, there are many applications where an actual mouse is simply a better option. If Mycestro could offer users the precision and flexibility of a mouse without needing the surface area to move the device around, this could be a real win for consumers.