Tablets and smartphones have hit the consumer market like a wrecking ball through a glass pane being held by two guys on a sidewalk. Predictably. Unsurprisingly. A significant reason for the lightning-quick adoption of these digital devices is the multitouch feature.
It simply feels natural to use hands for selecting, panning, and pinch-zoom.
Still, nothing beats a mouse-keyboard combination when it comes to productivity and gaming. Touch screen laptops are neat and all, but ends up feeling more like a gimmick when you have to bring your hand up to the screen and interrupt your typing flow.
But what if something could combine the efficiency and flexibility of a mouse with the intuitive nature of touch? That’s the goal of Haptix.
Haptix is a tiny bar that you set slightly elevated so you can turn any surface into a multitouch surface.
The sensors track finger movements, but it’s not simply limited to the surface itself. Haptix also recognizes 3D motions.
You see your fingers on the screen as they hover over the surface, and tapping the surface acts like a click.
You can have all the freedom and precision of touch-control without the fatigue associated with constantly holding your arm up in the air.
Haptix can be used in three modes of multitouch, trackpad, or mouse. Individual fingers can be assigned different functions, providing additional control and depth of use.
Use Haptix as a remote for your TV. Work on laptops or tablets with better posture and efficiency. The developers claim it not only can replace the mouse, but can provide awesome results for first person shooter gaming. Challenge accepted!
Visit the Haptix Kickstarter page for photos and additional details. The project is just about fully-funded, so pledge for yours and join the ranks of those who want better, more versatile touch control.