I am addicted to Thinkpads in large part because of the trackpoint (AKA "The Nipple") -- the little wiggly joystickbetween the G, H and B keys that allows me to control fine mouse-movements without bending my hand into the RSI-inducing trackpad position; between that and the amazing, best-in-class warranties, I am a committed Thinkpad user, to the point that I actually bought and returned three different systems this year because (between the new Intel chipset and the new Nvidia cards), I couldn't get any flavor of GNU/Linux to run on them (many thanks to Canonical for eventually getting me running on a Thinkpad extreme).
Now there's an alternative to the trackpoint, confusingly named the Tracpoint, which is being kickstarted as we speak. It's a tiny wireless trackball/mouse designed to be used in very tight spaces like the backs of taxis and tiny airplane seats, and it also works as a wireless presentation clicker to advance your slides.
They're three-button, only weigh 24g, project a built-in spotlight, and run for one hour on a 60-second charge. There's Mac/Win (but not GNU/Linux) software that lets you program custom gestures.
The campaign comes from Swiftpoint, who've run multiple successful crowdfunders for hardware, making them a good bet for fulfilling orders. They're $89 for limited earlybird purchases, $99 full price, and $188 for two-packs. I ordered one.
TRACPOINT - TRAVEL MOUSE and PRESENTER [Swiftpoint/Kickstarter]
(via Four Short Links)
I'm in the midst of couple of weeks' worth of lectures, public events and teaching, and you can catch me in Toronto (for Word on the Street, Seeding Utopias and Resisting Dystopias and 6 Degrees); Newry, ME (Maine Library Association) and Portland, ME (in conversation with James Patrick Kelly).
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