Miscellaneous: Web Designer's Input Devicesstarted by Globi on May 21, 2004 — RSS Feed
An alternative input device, the Pyxlpoint [sup]tm[/sup], is being developed and may offer some relief to designers suffering from Repetive Motion Strain due to one handed mouse work. Please see http://www.pyxlpoint.com. Your comments welcomed. Thank you.
It's hard to make a meaningful assessment of such a device without trying it for a few days. My initial reaction is that I don't like the idea of using two hands to drive a mouse.
I used to suffer from RSI but don't since I got a HEAVY mouse (Microsoft Wireless Optical). The extra weight of the batteries means that you have to put more effort into moving the mouse so the use of fine motor muscles is not such an issue for general use.
In drawing, especially with a pencil tool (as I do a lot of for pixel fonts) and vector work in Illustrator, that's where the repetition really becomes an issue but I think I would find coordinating two hands to do this kind of work very difficult. I can connect two mice to my keyboard and use one for movement and one for clicking but it's like rubbing the tummy and patting the head then trying to change hands!
No doubt that with practice, somebody could get used to this just like they can with so-called 'ergonomic' keyboards but, with a drawerful of rejected mice and other pointing devices, I'm unlikely to buy this just to find out.
So, do you offer 28 days money back?
Thank you for your comments. The product is in development and not commercially available yet, but a money-back guarantee would be granted. A working prototype has been created and has been used successfully in programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver for a number of months. To clarify, both components of the device are stationary, one hand points with a joystick held like a pen, and the other sends touch sensitive click commands. For more information, please see:
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