Just when you thought touchscreen inputs are dominating modern personal computing, the guys at startup technology company ZZ, Inc. have introduced the KeyMouse—an input device that doubles as a keyboard and a mouse.
It iss a reinvention of the keyboard and mouse. According to its developers, the input device allows users to operate the mouse without moving their hands out of typing position. This solves the hassle that comes from moving the hand back and forth between the keyboard and mouse.
“The KeyMouse is designed to improve efficiency for anyone that uses the computer,” the company said in its Kickstarter profile page. “Uses include gaming, programming, CAD drawing, order entry, stock trading, web browsing, document editing, graphics design, and much more.”
Another selling proposition of the device is its ergonomic design. The KeyMouse allows users to keep their hands and arms at a more natural angle than a standard keyboard. This purportedly helps in reducing stress and injury associated with computer use—including carpal tunnel syndrome.
The device works as a plug-and-play. Thus, the basic keyboard and mouse functions will work without the need for installing a driver or software. However, for more advanced functions including key function customization, the company is currently developing several drivers and software for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
Below are further details of the features and specifications of KeyMouse:
- High-speed Bluetooth 3.0 for wireless connectivity; Additional USB interface also for lower latency and battery charging
- High-resolution laser mouse sensor under both the left and right KeyMouse with resolution of up to 3,200 cpi—either side can be disabled with a switch on the bottom of the device
- Backlit keys; diodes on every key including N-key revolver and anti-ghosting
- Li-Ion rechargeable batteries built in (Model 18500: 3.6v 1400 mAh); rechargeable via USB
ZZ, Inc. has successfully ended a Kickstarter camping on 2 February 2015. The company expects to complete its first production run by September 2015. Heber Allred, the designer and inventor of KeyMouse, is a software developer and entrepreneur. He has been doing computer programming for 17 years.