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Odin Laser-Projection Trackpad Has a Bright Future

Your wireless mouse is small and light, and your laptop has a trackpad - but why not use this cool laser-projected touch surface instead?

Tired of lugging around that big, heavy wireless mouse? OK, it's not that big or heavy, and your laptop has a trackpad anyway. But that's no reason you shouldn't use a cool laser-projected touch surface, which is what you'll get with Odin. Having successfully doubled its $50,000 goal on Kickstarter, Odin is now out in the wild, and was encountered at the Computex computer show in Taipei by Engadget.

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The Odin virtual mouse uses the laser to project the boundaries of a surface tracked by an infrared sensor. The large area at the bottom is for moving your cursor around, while the "buttons" at the top let you click. It also recognizes multi-finger gestures like scrolling up and down or zooming in and out. The team behind it even claims that the lower wrist angle used versus a mouse is less stressful on your wrist (we'd take that with a grain of salt, but it may indeed be more comfortable).


The only catch? The style. You're going to have to do with a rather large, mean-looking robot head with a chrome finish sitting there next to your laptop. Not everyone is into that. Odin is working on getting units to backers of its Kickstarter campaign first, but you should be able to pre-order one for yourself later this month for $69.