Gadgets and Gizmos


Motix, a small, keyboard-mounted device, uses sensors to precisely read your finger movement in real time. Photo courtesy Motix

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Trying to navigate a computer keyboard while also using a mouse or touchpad is difficult for people with limited hand dexterity because of spinal-cord injury or disease, but a new type of sensor promises to make things easier.

Motix, a small, keyboard-mounted device, uses sensors to precisely read your finger movement in real time. You simply point your finger at the screen to move your cursor. Debuting this week at the 2015 International Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Motix allows your hands to stay on the keyboard and eyes on the screen.

“Motix accelerates and provides more accurate PC and Mac control for creating and editing spreadsheets and other work documents; making finely targeted movement for schematics and CAD drawings; navigating between apps; gaming; simple browsing on the Internet; or heavy computer interaction,” says Motix inventor Brent Safer.

Each Motix comes in two parts, the reader device that sits at the back of the keyboard and interprets your finger movement into cursor movement and a touchpad-like strip that sits just at the bottom of the keyboard near the space bar. The strip provides the full functionality of a mouse, including clicking and scrolling. It also allows for different ranges of movement to be achieved based on where a finger lies.

Safer notes Motix has adjustable settings that allow you to customize the device to your specific needs. It’s compatible with both Apple and PC operating systems with no additional software needed. Motix costs $100. Safer says the first units plan to be shipped out toward the end of February. For more information, visit gomotix.com.

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