A highly unusual computer mouse called Clip Mouse recently appeared on Kickstarter, catching eyes with its radically minimalist and compact design. The device tracks cursor movement through finger motions instead of sliding across a surface.
Created by Timestitch Studio, Clip Mouse looks nothing like a traditional mouse. It’s simply a small rounded clip that straps onto the end of a finger. But integrated motion sensors and a touchpad allow it to wirelessly control cursors, clicks and gestures.
Clip Mouse utilizes a gyroscope module similar to those in VR controllers to detect positioning. On-board sensors then interpret specific finger motions and pressures to determine actions like left/right clicking or scrolling.
Users can navigate just as they would with a normal mouse or trackpad in a lightweight, streamlined form factor. The clip fastens securely and operates with subtle finger movements.
To combat potential gyroscope drift, a reset button quickly recenters the cursor by holding it down for a few seconds. A short single press also pauses motion tracking temporarily, allowing for keyboard typing or other functions without moving the cursor.
According to the Kickstarter page, battery life reaches up to 50 hours of use per charge via USB-C. Supported connections include USB-A, Lightning and USB-C dongles.
While unproven, the highly compact design offers intrigue and convenience for portable and casual use cases. No surface space is required – just point a finger subtly to move the cursor.
Clip Mouse has already raised over $90,000 on Kickstarter. Pledges start at $65 for delivery expected in October, if the project reaches production.
Early adopter reception seems cautiously optimistic about Clip Mouse’s unconventional approach. But its practical everyday utility remains uncertain.
Still, the device exemplifies novel innovation rarely seen in the stagnant computer mouse market. Love it or hate it, Clip Mouse thinks far outside the box with its unique finger-worn approach.
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