I Used My Finger as a Mouse... And it Made Me Miss My Mouse

By Darren Orf on at

There is an all-out war against the mouse, and this year, it's in the form of Motix. Instead of your standard point-and-click affair, your pointer finger becomes the mouse.

The way it works is you attach a sensor to your keyboard, as far as I can tell, this will only work well with dedicated desktop keyboards. The sensor tracks movement over a specific area of the keyboard (which you can adjust if you have teeny-tiny or massively gargantuan hands). The other piece of equipment is a tiny capacitive strip numbered one through four that your other thumb rests on. When you press down on the "1" you activate the finger-tracking sensor. If you need to get to the finer details you can slide up to 4 and the sensitivity increases.

I Used My Finger As a Mouse... And It Made Me Miss My Mouse

I gave Motix a test run on Windows 8.1, thought the software also works with Mac, but because of Windows 8.1's focus on touch-based controls, the OS seem more suited for this quirky piece of tech. The problem with alternative mouse technology like Motix and even eye-tracking software like Tobii, is that the mouse is hard gadget to dethrone; mainly because it just works. Motix suffers similar growing pains. Sometimes I could wiz around my desktop with ease and other it was a frustrating dance of pressing firmly on the numbers pad, moving my finger, getting nothing, and trying all over again. My threshold just giving up and grabbing a mouse would be incredibly low.

Motif will ship this February and is compatible with most keyboards. It has a US price announced of £120, which would translate to about £80 on a straight conversion, but would likely sell for more.

If you want to have force-like mouse control powers, Motix is a good start, but it's definitely at the very beginning of a long road ahead.

I Used My Finger As a Mouse... And It Made Me Miss My Mouse