gStick: A Pen Shaped Mouse

gStick: A Pen Shaped Mouse

Mimicking a pen in shape and size, gStick is looking to join the ranks of alternative mouse designs that aim to attain extra degree of precision, difficult to attain using a conventional mouse.

Gordon Alan Stewart of Anchorage, Alaska created the gStick after he tried to sign a contract online using a traditional mouse and realised how difficult it can be with the tried and tested form factor. After three years of development and testing, he is now ready to bring gStick to the market.

The gStick has not been designed to completely replace a traditional mouse, but instead for those people who use applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Video Editing and 3D rendering has been mentioned, along with PC gamers, which seems unusual to us. It's also suitable for kids, who will find the transition between using a pen and the gStick a lot easier than jumping straight to using a conventional mouse according to the creators.

The mouse is designed to be more comfortable and ergonomic, and allow for more intuitive while offering precise control. It is suitable for both left and right handed people and will fit easily into a pocket.

The gStick is wireless and will work with Windows, OSx and Linux operating systems and has a sensitivity of 1200 DPI. The gStick has a ceramic ball in the tip, with a removable end to ensure it is easy to clean. It also has a scroll wheel which can be used with a finger or thumb, with a button on either side of the wheel. The creator says that a single AAA battery will power the gStick for three to five months.

gStick features a ceramic ball tip and a scroll wheel and buttons on the shaft

Stewart had hoped to raise $40,000 to get it funded, but achieved the goal within only 24 hours, so there is clearly a demand for this kind of product. The final tally will pay for tooling, final testing, and the first production run. The final product is expected to have a more polished finish than the prototype, with smoother buttons and a rounder scroll wheel.

The retail price will be $69, but KickStarter backers can get the gStick for between $25 and $50.


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Write by: RC - Monday, August 19, 2013

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