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Haptix lets you play FPS games without a mouse, is kind of great

9 Sep 2013  by   Tim McDonald
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Okay, I confess that this Kickstarter is sufficiently old that there are only three days left, but it’s interesting enough that I felt it worth a quick news item. Sue me.

Haptix is a little device that essentially turns any surface into a multitouch panel. Clip it onto something (or lie it flat) and use a wall or desk or whatever as a multitouch panel capable of swiping, pinching, tapping; whatever.

Which, for the asking price of $70, isn’t too bad in and of itself – but I’m mostly interested in the ways it’ll let you play FPS games without a mouse, moving your fingers along the surface of anything to aim, pinching to zoom, and tapping to shoot. I’d assume it’d work equally well in certain non-FPS games, although I wouldn’t necessarily like to try and RTS with this.

If it actually works as well as is indicated, it’d likely be rather useful for someone with either a desk as tiny as mine, or with a laptop that they like to use in places where mice are a bit tricky to properly employ – like, say, a train.

The Kickstarter has already passed its $100,000 goal, and has even hit its $150,000 stretch goal to add pressure sensitivity. As the Kickstarter’s still running, though, you can still pledge towards it to get a few extra bits and bobs; you can get the device for $5 cheaper, or get a program that turns your webcam into a hands-free remote, or… well, you get the idea. Lots of stuff.

Have a look at a video of someone playing a Call of Duty title using the Haptix below, or take a look at the Kickstarter here.

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  1. sorudo

    would be allot more awesome if it could make a keyboard display on your desk so it can let you type without actually having a keyboard. :P

    September 9, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    1. DavyD

      Projection virtual keyboards have been around for more than a decade – see Celluon CellMC1 Magic Cube

      September 9, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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        Tim McDonald

        Never liked projection keyboards; I always found them horribly uncomfortable, and the tactile feedback is all wrong (on account of them not actually being a physical keyboard, obviously). That’s quite possibly because I’ve been typing for such a ridiculously long time that I have difficulty adjusting, though.

        I do like the idea of the Haptix, though. I doubt I’d usually find it *more* useful than a mouse, but I can actually see this having some advantages.

        September 10, 2013 at 3:33 am

    2. Zack

      They’re including ASETNIOP, which lets you type without actually needing a projection.

      September 27, 2013 at 5:30 pm

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