Swiftpoint mouse shipping tomorrow, set to revolutionize market

New Zealand based firm "Swiftpoint" is trying to revolutionize the way you use your laptop mouse from tomorrow with its new product, an ultra-portable, fast charging laptop mouse.

The revolutionary device is tiny, held like a pen and designed to be used on a laptop's palm rest, but can even be used to glide across a laptop keyboard. According to Stuff.co.nz, the mouse will sell initially for $125 NZD ($69.95 USD), and is charged through a USB dock. Apparently, a 30 second charge will give just over an hours use and a 90 minute charge will give the mouse almost four weeks of use.

Swiftpoint Chief Executive, Grant Odgers said that the company had "hundreds of preorders for the mouse" and that "one of the things that frustrates people is the battery running out on their mouse ... With our one, you can be up and running again really quickly." Odgers continued to say that they are releasing the mouse to help with productivity for laptop users, because there is no real replacement for them yet, even with Tablet PC's on the rise; "[Tablets] are more for entertainment. If you want to do anything productive you wouldn't really use an iPad. We don't think people will buy an iPad instead of a laptop."

The company will be going head-to-head with larger manufacturers such as Logitech and was required to be innovative to compete. Swiftpoint actually emerged back in 2008, with two obscure mouse designs, the Triped and the Slider, though nothing eventuated from the announcements about the products.

Swiftpoint also claims the mouse is 30-40% more accurate than the laptop touchpad, and says the devices will be available through Amazon.com and its own website beginning tomorrow. The device looks to change the way laptop mice are used, and is designed to be easily portable. It will be interesting to see if the device is comfortable to use, and as easy to use as the company claims.

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Just got mine today. It is small, but not uncomfortable, very light feeling and the scroll wheel is in a good spot. But yes it is too expensive, but I needed a present to me day...

....how is that supposed to be comfortable? Looking at the girls hand in the image its crindged up with no support.

The only problem it has is that is very expensive compared to other mice. Even though it may have some functionality other mice don't, it still doesn't justify the high price tag in my opinion. (20 € compared to this one's 80€)

I can't use it, too small for me.
Even magic mouse is annoying me at times but I settled for it.
I had a logitech MX900, loved that mouse! (I would still use it but it drains the battery in like 2 days max...)

More expensive than the Apple Magic Mouse? it's sure portable with laptop. but the mouse is way too small..don't think everyone can fits the mouse of the size..unless it come with different choice of size to choose. Touch Screen is more easy to navigate in short term compare to these mouse..

IphoneMini said,
More expensive than the Apple Magic Mouse? it's sure portable with laptop. but the mouse is way too small..don't think everyone can fits the mouse of the size..unless it come with different choice of size to choose. Touch Screen is more easy to navigate in short term compare to these mouse..

I don't think mobile mouses are competition for touch screens. Some scenarios like photo editing and gaming are much easier with a mouse-like device. For normal web browsing and writing touch pads and screens are good enough.

WhoTheF said,
I can't use a pen =/

LOL - some awesome comments here

i cant even take that video seriously though... hot woman in bed playing Doom? Eff!

WhoTheF said,
I can't use a pen =/

Me too. Ok, i can use a pen but now, i am not seasoned with it and it hurts my hand.
99% of the time, i use the keyboard, and the 1% is for sign a cheque or to write some tag.

johnnyftw said,
NOTHING will replace the mouse. The way it is now is just fine!
Neural interfacing will replace the mouse eventually, at that point you do not even need a mouse cursor (if you can THINK of doing something with a mouse, you can THINK of doing it without the mouse cursor, and therefore you can complete the task via neural interface).

But, we probably wont see any effective neural interfacing solutions in our lifetime (or at least not for another 20+ years).

I would saying nothing will replace the mouse for a very long time, not nothing will replace it period.

I wouldn't write off neural interfaces that fast. With the advances we're making in tech, it's quite plausible to see it in the next 20 years.

After all, the mouse has only been in use for the last 20 years.

Raa said,
I wouldn't write off neural interfaces that fast. With the advances we're making in tech, it's quite plausible to see it in the next 20 years.

After all, the mouse has only been in use for the last 20 years.

You have to remember, once they have decent neural interface systems, it will take another 2-3 years before they come to the market, and it will probably take another 5 years (if not more) beyond that before they will become cheap enough for mainstream.

I really hope they do have neural interface systems out within 20 years, would never be easier to use a computer when all you have to do is think about what you want to do, but I am not expecting them any time soon as we have yet to see any decent systems as of yet.

admirable effort but I'll pass as well. I am not quite sure what the application of this device could be because it seems to me that the inventor probably has not spent much time with multi-gesture trackpads found on laptops these days. And certainly this isnt a mouse for gamers. It will fill in a niche market.

Looks very cool, I'm not a great fan of trackpads (although the one on my Fujitsu-Siemens laptop is pretty good), but I hate when I have to make room for my mouse when I'm on the train doing a spreadsheet or something. Only problem for me though is that I've never spent that much on a mouse, and have no plans to.

primexx said,
EM digitizer + actual stylus > faux-pen-mouse

I think you're missing the point of what this is about. It's not a replacement for a stylus, its for those of us that don't want to use a trackpad (or want something better), but don't want to lug a mouse around with us. Surely you don't carry a Wacom tablet round with you to use as a mouse?!

Neat idea...1hr seems short though...but i guess its not meant for long term usage.
Im kind of surprised they dont have a cardbus (or whatever that slots called now) mouse

SkyyPunk said,
Neat idea...1hr seems short though...but i guess its not meant for long term usage.

That's for a 30-second charge. A full charge gives it almost 4 *weeks*. Second paragraph, last sentence.

Litespeed said,

That's for a 30-second charge. A full charge gives it almost 4 *weeks*. Second paragraph, last sentence.

Ah, I just watched the youtube vid, didn't catch them saying that

SkyyPunk said,
Neat idea...1hr seems short though...but i guess its not meant for long term usage.
Im kind of surprised they dont have a cardbus (or whatever that slots called now) mouse

HP makes a slot mouse for their business laptops. It's crap according to reviews.