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Old 20th January 2007
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Mouse/Trackerball replacement...

At this moment I am using a Logitech TrackMan Trackerball. I like it a lot, but in stressful situations I notice that my hands still get cramped a bit, so I am looking at alternatives, though I might stick with a trackball, I stumbled upon this one http://www.perific.com/ and also this one http://www.gyration.com/en-US/Produc...005M&accshow=3

Both are high on my wishlist

One thing I thought is really cool is an Eyetracker. http://www.eyetechds.com/ Pity is that it's quite expensive...

Another thing I found is a headtracker, you place a small reflective dot on your forehead, or wear a cap or headband (back are the 80's!) with something reflective and there's an infrared tracker on top of your monitor. http://www.naturalpoint.com/smartnav/

I hope that I can get a demo period of that last thing.

Anyone using something revolutionary to control your cursor?
Old 20th January 2007
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Hi

I was looking for a new pointing solution a couple of weeks back.

I've always used optical mice, but they are too unreliable for me with the mouse pointer not following your movements, and sudden flying off into the corners.

I got a trackball (Kensington), but found that it was a lot of effort to use. What I ended up getting is a laser mouse (wired). It's so accurate that I can put the sensitivity slider up so that only small movements are required, on any surface, even over 2 screens.

Having said that, before getting this cheap and cheerful option (it was only £15, I was considering getting this.......

http://shopping.redorbit.com/product...785/index.html

It's basically a large touchpad, but you can set it so pressing with 2 fingers is a double click, and other combos of fingers and thumbs can be used to drag and drop and other stuff. I can zip across my laptop screen in one movement with its touchpad so I'd imagine that the large format touchscreen could go right over 2 screens/widescreen monitor in one go too.

I haven't seen anyone use one though, although if it does everything I think it does, after training yourself to use it for a while it could be a good workflow improver too.

I'd like to try one, but I'm happy with my laser mouse at the mo - its the first mouse/pointer not to give me and hassle.
Old 20th January 2007
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Originally Posted by captain caveman View Post
Having said that, before getting this cheap and cheerful option (it was only £15, I was considering getting this.......

http://shopping.redorbit.com/product...785/index.html

It's basically a large touchpad, but you can set it so pressing with 2 fingers is a double click, and other combos of fingers and thumbs can be used to drag and drop and other stuff. I can zip across my laptop screen in one movement with its touchpad so I'd imagine that the large format touchscreen could go right over 2 screens/widescreen monitor in one go too.
I have looked into that too, though I haven't used one of those larger pads, but I am not so fond of most trackpads that I have used in laptops. They do force to use minimal pressure so that's a good thing....

In the evenings at home the laptop can bring a nice variation in movement when I browse the internet...
Old 20th January 2007
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Not a Trackball replacement but this is what I use and I love it.

Kensington TurboBall Trackball (PC/USB Mac)

http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-Tur.../dp/B00004YMY4
Old 20th January 2007
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I use the Logitech Optical Marble Mouse, and it works for me. I know what you mean about cramping, though. I'm usually ok, but once in a while I feel it a bit.

I'm a little weary of touch pads, just because it seems too easy to accidentally select something and move it, in one gesture.

I like that the marble mouse is smallish and fits under my hand well, and has programmable buttons, in places I can reach without moving my hand.
Old 20th January 2007
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Also, the company (fingerworks) that made that touchpad has ceased operations...

Maybe m-audio or someone should make a device along these lines, that could operate as a mouse replacement and a DAW controller. A little lcd screen that switches to touch faders when you hit a button...
Old 22nd January 2007
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Originally Posted by captain caveman View Post

http://shopping.redorbit.com/product...785/index.html

It's basically a large touchpad, but you can set it so pressing with 2 fingers is a double click, and other combos of fingers and thumbs can be used to drag and drop and other stuff. I can zip across my laptop screen in one movement with its touchpad so I'd imagine that the large format touchscreen could go right over 2 screens/widescreen monitor in one go too.

i like it


if only it was it was optical
Old 22nd January 2007
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I found this one here a couple of weeks ago, although i never used it, i think it makes a lot sense. It's the most natural position i have seen so far.

http://www.evoluent.com/vmouse2.html

There's no more twisting of the wrist with this tool, and it's really close to the usual mouse.

My 2 cents.
Old 22nd January 2007
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I have order a Wacom graphire classic.

Its not a mouse or trackball,but I hope it will help my hand.
Old 23rd January 2007
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for me no one thing is a solution i alternate between a trackball, a light mouse and a trackpad, RSI comes from repetition, you got to mix it up or you will get sore
Old 23rd January 2007
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for me no one thing is a solution i alternate between a trackball, a light mouse and a trackpad, RSI comes from repetition, you got to mix it up or you will get sore
That is good advise. Also i use my left hand now for my DAW, and my right hand when on the net...
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