動画:Swiftpointの指先モバイルマウス 予約受付開始、8月出荷

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2010年07月16日, 午前 09:00 in Grant Odgers
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数年前から超小型モバイルマウスのコンセプトを公開していた Swiftpoint が、ようやく最初の製品 Swiftpoint Mouseの予約受付を開始しました。Swiftpoint Mouse は従来のモバイルマウスを使う場所がなくても、ノートPCのタッチパッド脇のパームレストで使えるという超小型マウス。デスク上など場所があるときは従来のマウス同様に使うことができ、ノートを膝に載せたり列車・飛行機などで使える平面がないときはパームレスト上で使えるのが売りです。創業者 兼 CEO 兼 考案者のGrant Odgers氏いわく、ペンを持つときと同じ自然な指先のグリップで細かな操作ができ、タッチパッドの30%から40% 作業効率が向上するとのこと。センサーの解像度は1000dpi。

指先でつまむサイズの超小型マウスはほかにも存在していますが、Swiftpoint Mouse はボタンや充電・持ち運び方式に小ネタが効いているのも特徴です。中指で押すボタンは「左ボタン」が前、「右ボタン」が後ろに配置されているほか、右側面つまり薬指のあたりにはスクロールホイールも備えます。このホイールは指で回す以外にも、写真のように少し傾けることでマウス本体の前後移動でスクロールする「サイドスクロール」が可能。

パームレストを本来の目的で使っているあいだ、つまりタイピング中にマウスはどこに置くのか?には、透明のフィルムに小さな金属の板が張られた「パーキングアクセサリ」なるものが付属します。これをタッチパッドの上などに貼りつけることにより、Swiftpoint マウスを置けば磁力でくっついて滑り落ちず邪魔にもならないという仕組みです。またタイピング中にマウスが動いてポインタが明後日の方向に飛んでゆかないよう、指を添えたときだけポインタが動くようになっている "SmartTouch" も工夫のひとつ。

さらに無線接続用のマイクロUSBレシーバはマウスを固定できる充電用ドックも兼ねており、充電しながらそのまま持ち運ぶこともできます。内蔵充電池は30 秒充電で約1時間駆動、90分のフル充電なら2~3週間。Swiftpoint Mouse は8月中旬の出荷を予定して現在予約注文を受付中。価格は定価8499円に10%の早期購入者割引きで7649円、プラス送料で8349円。続きは反タッチパッド派の証言が繰り返されるプロモ&考案者による解説動画。

[Thanks, Patrick]

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Swiftpoint Ltd Announces Launch of Flagship Product News Release: Swiftpoint Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand: Swiftpoint Ltd announced today the upcoming release of their revolutionary Swiftpoint mouse.

12th July 2010

Swiftpoint has announced the release of the Swiftpoint mouse for early August 2010. "It is extremely exciting to be able to announce to the world that the Swiftpoint mouse will be available in a matter of weeks," says company CEO and product inventor Grant Odgers, "We have been receiving regular enquiries from people wanting to know when they can get their hands on one, so now we can confirm it is very soon."

The Swiftpoint mouse is a different kind of mouse. It provides all of the functions of a traditional mouse, however, it operates on the area of the laptop next to the touchpad, called the palmrest. This means laptop users can use their laptop in any environment they choose and still maintain the performance and accuracy a mouse gives. With the Swiftpoint mouse laptop users will never have to rely on a touchpad again.

The idea for the product came to Odgers in 2002 when his frustrations with the touchpad on his laptop grew. He wanted to be truly mobile with his laptop but could not do this with a traditional mouse. He discovered that he was not alone in this thinking, but in discussions with other laptop users, he realized there was no other mouse alternative that would allow him to use his laptop away from a table or desk without having to rely on a touchpad. Eight years on and after multiple product iterations, user group input and product testing, Odgers believes the Swiftpoint mouse will greatly improve people's laptop experiences whether for commuting, gaming or simply browsing on the couch. "The Swiftpoint mouse can be used in so many environments and with a variety of applications from precision design applications, gaming to general laptop use on planes, trains, buses or around the home. We truly believe it will change the way people use their laptops."

Odgers also believes the Swiftpoint mouse has the potential to address ergonomic issues often associated with using small mice. The Swiftpoint mouse has been designed to employ a pen-like grip making it feel natural and comfortable to use. Research has demonstrated that the Swiftpoint mouse design is 30-40% more accurate than a touchpad. The combination of portability, efficiency and comfort is what Odgers and his team believe make this mouse truly unique.

The Swiftpoint mouse will be sold online through the company's website www.futuremouse.com and through Amazon, with plans to expand into further retail outlets later in 2010.


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