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Philip LiuBy Philip Liu
First created
Philip LiuBy Philip Liu
First created
$1,229
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
21
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Feb 23 2013

About

Open a new dimension

The MouLus unlocks potential of powerful tablets, remote desktop apps like Splashtop, and fast connections while maintaining the portability of the tablet. It is the world's first pen stylus that is also an intuitive Bluetooth go-anywhere mouse that gives you the control, speed, and precision that fingers just can't match, and can help transform your tablet into an ultra-portable full-function computer. It works with most modern Android devices 3.1 and later and Windows 8/RT tablets, as well as any device that’s Bluetooth-mouse ready. (Unfortunately, the current iPad doesn’t accept mouse yet.)

Get more out of your tablet, where and when you please. Edit photos on the bus, put together 3D models on a bench, or enjoy PC games on your tablet.* Remove the impossibilities and boundaries of yesterday when you could only use fingers and simple styluses.

Especially with advanced cloud computing and faster connection speeds on the horizon, together we can take mobile computing to the next level.

*please make sure your remote desktop setup supports your applications

Now you have a choice

You have the freedom to choose the best tool for any task and effortlessly transition between them.

Use the mouse in one hand, while using your fingers for gestures like zooming in and out. Draw basic outlines with the stylus and fill in details with the mouse. Finish your work with the mouse and fingers, and sign your name with the stylus. Play around and use which ever combinations work best for you.

Go anywhere, on anything

The MouLus' Bluetooth mouse works on many objects that are around you right now. Your chair armrest, your jeans, your shirt sleeve all work well. Even unique objects like the side of a soda can or the back of a regular mouse can work! Also, the proprietary optics and miniscule footprint allow the mouse to operate in a 2 inch by 3 inch rectangle, about the size of a credit card, for many applications, even if it's not on a flat surface.

There are 3 buttons: left, right, and middle click, and scroll up and down. All features work in Splashtop.

If you can use a pen, you can use the MouLus.

Other features

Inside is a USB rechargeable Li-ion battery so that you’ll never have to replace the battery. The charging cable is included. Charge it with your phone USB charger or computer, and you should have about a weeks worth of regular use on a full charge.

In addition to the built-in power-saving feature in the circuit, the MouLus also gives the user two levels of power control: (a) a mechanism to turn the device power off, when only the stylus is to be used, and (b) a switch to turn the blue LED of the mouse off, when the device is powered, in case you are annoyed by the light when the stylus is in use.

This product is also protected by pending patents.

Where are we now?

The Engineering design phase is 90% completed, and 3 prototypes have been built. The first prototype was only a proof of concept and was built from aluminum sheeting, off-the-shelf parts and an old pen mouse. However, it worked surprisingly well in most test cases. The second prototype is a manual-molded piece with working mechanical and electronics parts and passed the exterior ID approval. The third prototype has the scroll switch integrated. We are currently working on refining and testing the prototype's structural features to help strengthen the product structure integrity and simplify assembly.

Who are we?

Salient Technology International LLC has over 10 years’ experience in pen mouse design and production with over 10 pen mouse models released so far. Though this is our first Kickstarter project, we have plenty of talents and resources in the US and in Asia to get this project done properly. We are confident that the product will meet the end-user’s expectations.


Why do we need your support?

Though the funding will go toward tooling and production, we wish to use Kickstarter to help gauge present interest in this brand new product concept.

One of our tenets is business efficiency. We will be reusing some of the parts from our existing products to bring customers the best product at the best price. However, many parts will need to be re-tooled or modified, and your pledges will mostly be going toward this. To ensure the product quality, the parts will likely to be produced in Asia, but final testing and assembly will be done in the USA.

We also need other support to get this out there. We need people to spread the word and to make apps that take full advantage of mice and increase the tablet's potential.


What can you do to help?

Support us, tell your friends about this project, get app makers to take advantage of mice and have fun!

Earlier prototype without scroll
Earlier prototype without scroll

Do we have a rough plan?

January-February - Complete final prototyping and build a working prototype for final design approval. This prototype will be kept to check against the pre-production units before the Golden samples are made.

Late February - Prepare production tooling in Asia. We already have manufacturing partners that we have a long working relationship with, and are familiar with manufacture and assembly of this type of product. They have already been notified of this project and are working along-side with us in the design process.

Early May - FCC/CE Certification. Complete parts and vendor selection.

Late May – Perfect production tooling and get golden sample ready.

June - Pilot production runs.

Late June - Start production.

July – Ship products!

Patents pending.

Other products cited may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Risks and challenges

This appears to be a relatively straightforward project chiefly due to our background. We have plenty of experience developing pen mice and we will use a lot of the same resources used by the V-Mouse and PenPal product lines of pen mice for this project. We also have partners to work with that have designed and manufactured our products in the past.

Creating a quality new consumer product is always hard, especially when the project is running on a short 7-month timeframe. It is very likely that we will need to make many minor modifications to the molds from production samples before we are satisfied, as many small issues may need to be tested and corrected such as gaps between parts, button press weights, and product durability. I want to make it clear that we will not ship a product that we are not completely satisfied with. We would much rather delay the release than ship a faulty/sub-standard product.

The second challenge we face is to meet the cost target. Considering the new toolings that need to be made and the weak US Dollar, we need to watch closely each penny spent on this project. We are well versed in this type of operation.

The third potential challenge is compatibility. Some hardware systems may have unique requirements that may need to be tested and worked around. We do not anticipate this being a major issue due to common standards. Also, systems can change, such as the iPad may accept mouse input in the future.

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Funding period

- (45 days)