Swiftpoint, a company founded Grant Odgers who previously launched the Game Station chain, has raised almost US$300,000 from close to 1800 backers via Kickstarter to develop a new mouse, the Z, billed as the world’s most advanced.
According to Odgers, “It’s the world’s first mouse to pivot, tilt and roll, with a brand new way of clicking buttons - meaning you can access dozens of different button actions while barely moving your fingers.”
“The Z also senses how hard you click, giving variable speed / force control, and provides tactile feedback, so you know when you’ve made a deeper click,” Odgers said.
“It's a high performance gaming mouse that works just as well for designers and office / home users - even tasks like selecting, copying and pasting text, are easier with The Z.”
Swiftpoint says the Z has been three years in development. The Kickstarter campaign has raised more than double its initial goal of US$140,000, and the campaign runs until mid-August. The Z is due to ship in December.
Swiftpoint’s, previous device, the GT Mobile Mouse, earned the Best Computer Peripheral Innovation award, at the 2015 CES show in the US.It was described as “the first mouse for Windows 7, 8 and 10, Android, Mac OS X and iOS that allows truly natural touch gestures without having to touch the screen or use a touch display.”
Swiftpoint describes itself as “a technology development company with offices in New Zealand and the US, specialising in advanced Human Computer Interface (HCI) software and devices.” Backers include Acclipse founder, Mike Chisholm.
Odgers, it says, “built and tested his first ‘mouse and keyboard replacement’ device 20 years ago and has since published many user interface research papers. His work received recognition by the Australian Computer Society and he has featured on CNN and BBC as an innovator of user interface devices.”