Silicon Valley - Developers at Santa Clara based startup BBM Industries today unveiled their premier entry in computer mouse technology, the Wrist Mouse.
The device, which uses the open wireless protocol Bluetooth, is designed to be worn by the user around the wrist. Unlike current mice devices, long the bane of carpal tunnel syndrome sufferers the world over, the Wrist Mouse has been designed and engineered to avoid the strain placed on hand tendons experienced by conventional mice users when scrolling or clicking.
Attached to the user's wrist via a patent-pending Velcro-like material, the remote device is controlled using natural wrist motions. By pronating the wrist up or down, the user is able to control the scrolling of the cursor. A simple flick of the wrist to the right performs the same function as a right-click. A flick to the left, a left-click.
Developers hope the device will catch on with multi-taskers, those people who like, or are required to do two tasks at the same time. "Prior to this technology," a spokesman for BBM said, "if you were doing something with your right hand and were required to use the mouse you had to stop what you were doing until the mouse action was performed. The Wrist Mouse solves that problem."
This reporter took the Wrist Mouse on a test drive recently, and I found it extremely responsive and quite easy to use. I was able to easily open a browser window, navigate to my favorite web site and open up several windows at the same time. Switching from window to window was a breeze once I got used to the calibration of the mouse movements.
I was most pleased with the results when I pulled up the web site of my girlfriend, Dot Jaypeg. It was quite a stimulating experience, having my hand occupied by one task and at the same time free to perform another task.
I predict the Wrist Mouse will be stiff competition for other conventional mouse manufacturers. Soon every serious computer user will be whipping it out to surf the net.
BBM, more formally known as BlueBall Mouse Industries has announced their upcoming IPO will be in January, 2010.