Computer input devices haven’t really changed much over the years. While you have your standard mouse and keyboard, you also have your trackpads and trackballs — some with some ergonomic functionality. But for the most part, the design and function of these haven’t changed all that much.
Wolfee Technologies has just launched a Kickstarter for the ergonomic Wolfee Human-Computer Interfacing (HCI) device. The HCI connects to computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets via Bluetooth. With full mouse functionality and three bottoms, Wolfee is designed to sit comfortably in the palm of your hand. The touch-sensitive surface allows users to scroll through screens and perform general tasks like pressing Enter, Spacebar, or Arrows using simple finger movement.
“We designed the Wolfee to include the most comfortable interfacing technologies. For the first time, consumers aren’t required to sit in front of their laptops or screens, which can help prevent health problems such as eyesight deterioration, wrist, neck and back pain,” Dr. Yinbo Li, Founder & CEO at Wolfee Technologies said. “We can’t wait to share it with the Kickstarter community and help them alleviate the chronic pain caused by the frequent use of technology devices.”
This new HCI device can also be used as a presenter device or a game controller. It can also be configured to control IoT and AR/VR devices, your smartTV, or as a 3D and media controller with a driver, app, or other hardware and software modifications.
Benefits of Wolfee include:
- Wolfee uses Bluetooth, which is not a line-of-sight connection. This means that Wolfee does not need to be pointed at the computing device or display, unlike a TV remote.
- Most Windows, Android systems, recent MacBooks and devices with Bluetooth connection should work with Wolfee (not iPhone and iPad).
- Wolfee runs on Lithium-Ion battery and can be recharged with a Micro-USB cable.
- No need to switch between different methods of interaction between devices – Wolfee offers a unified solution.
- Wolfee integrates mechanics, touch, motion, and gesture to enable it to handle complicated tasks.
- A driver or app further extends Wolfee’s functionalities if required.
- Deterioration in eyesight, wrist, neck and back pain are often caused or exacerbated by long periods sitting at a desk and extensive use of computing devices. Using Wolfee is the ideal solution for use of the device avoids placing stress on the muscles in fingers, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.
Wolfee specifications include:
- Length: 5.5in, Width: 1.75in, Height: 1.75in
- Weight: 4.7oz
- Number of buttons: 3
- Number of touch surfaces: 2
- Motion Sensing: 6-degree of freedom
- Supported OS
- Windows 10;
- OS X 10.10 or later;
- Android 5.0 or later;
- Touch Sensor resolution: >1200 DPI
- Battery type: built-in rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery
- Battery life: one week
- Charging time: 2 hours for full use
- Wireless technologies: Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE)
- Optimized for right-hand use
- Computing devices meeting the following requirements will work with the Wolfee device.
- supports Bluetooth 4.2 (BLE) and up,
- enables onscreen cursor,
- includes outputs screen.
- Most Windows, Android smartphones, and Macbooks.
- iPhone and iPad are not compatible with Wolfee, or any remote-control devices, as Apple purposefully disabled this feature
The company is looking to raise $50,000USD in their all-or-nothing campaign. Early backers can save up to 40% off as the first 100 can get Wolfee for $89. After that tier is sold out, the Early Bird Special will still save you 27% and allow you to back the project for $109USD. Delivery is expected in May of 2018.Back on Kickstarter