About this project
Thanks for an amazing Kickstarter campaign!
If you missed out, you can pre-order your gStick on our Shopstarter page including Bluetooth: https://www.shopstarter.com/s/gstick-pen-mouse/ These will ship in January. You can go to our home page for updates and future projects: www.gnov8.com
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We expect to launch on the gStick on Amazon in January and we also have many distributors and retailers asking for product to sell globally.
Distributors can write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to everyone who backed the gStick project, you helped make this possible, the gStick was funded in 24-hours!
I have been truly inspired, by watching my kids and wife use the gStick for their creative projects in Tux Paint, Minecraft, Photoshop, Polyvore and on Ebay. The gStick mouse can be used for web browsing, office work or whatever you do with your traditional mouse, with more comfort.
Yahoo Homes - #5 on -"The 10 best home projects on Kickstarter now - "Many times I've wished for a contraption like the gStick mouse. It's a shape that seems much more intuitive and ergonomic than the traditional mouse or trackball."
CNET Australia "Designers seem to love the Wacom tablet and stylus, which allows them to "draw" as they would with a pencil. A new mouse on Kickstarter is set to provide a halfway point between that system and a more traditional mouse."
Gizmag.com "Mimicking a pen in shape and size, gStick is looking to join the ranks of alternative mouse designs..."
GadgetReview.com "The gStick is clearly a sought after invention. Gordon, the mad genius behind the project rallied the $40,000 kickstart goal within the first 24 hours of funding."
Fox News TV (Anchorage) - "Alaskan makes a better mouse"
Apple Gazette - "It’s so smart and ergonomic... It’s one of those great ideas you instantly grasp the moment you first see it. No explanation required — it just makes sense."
Crowdfundica - "It's an ingenious little contraption that is used much like a pen, providing a far more ergonomic and comfortable usage scenario than its predecessor"
Crowdfund Mafia - "Finally, a compact solution for techies who need a mouse on the go. Ergonomic design and comfort are a key with the gStick. Easily scroll across the screen with a flick of the wrist. Play videogames like Mind Craft with ease, draw on your screen in Adobe Illustrator... This mouse is a no brainer."
gStick mouse... (gnov8 stick mouse)
Hold it like a pen
Scrolls on a mouse pad
Fits in your pocket
Windows, Macs and Linux
Plug and play 1200dpi
USB wireless (comes with USB dongle)
1-AAA battery - lasts 3-5 months
1-year factory warranty
The gSticks ceramic ball rolls best on a mouse pad with some friction, such as a vinyl/rubber type or leather. We provide a free mouse pad with each gStick you buy and we'll sell additional mouse pads for a low price.
**Has a removable tip for cleaning the ball**
InStash - "there’s nothing more convenient than a dependable mouse for navigating among the Interwebs. That’s why we’re really digging what Gordon Alan Stewart has brought to this digitally ancient piece of tech."
China Tech News - "...have to say the invention of the mouse is a human science and technology an important part in the process. Of course, this mouse shape for decades and no essential changes, which will make many users feel lack of new ideas, so recently, a foreign designer introduced a pen-shaped mouse gStick."
THE PERFECT MOUSE FOR COMFORT, MOBILITY AND CREATIVITY
Have you ever wanted a more comfortable mouse for work and creative projects, or for your kids creativity while they sketch on the computer? Well, now we have the gStick! In the office or at home, the gStick is great for kids and adults for painting, sketching, photo editing, 3D CAD, design, gaming, photo and video editing, graphics design... what will you use it for? If your computer uses a mouse, gStick will work for you.
Paint DEMO part 1 in TUX Paint for creative kids (Tux is free) We are adding part 2 next.
Here is part 2 of the paint/ sketch DEMO in TUX paint.
GAMERS -Here's a short (uncut) DEMO playing StarCraft with the gStick:
Here is a Photoshop DEMO with the gStick part 1 of 2
Part 2 - Photoshop Demo
"It's amazing how natural and intuitive the gStick is to use, compared to a normal mouse. The gStick's ergonomic design lets me move the cursor across the screen with a flick of the wrist!" - Kerby McGhee, Artist, Designer at 8th Design
"After nearly two decades of using a mouse…I am glad to make the switch to a new revolutionary tool. I thought I would have a hard time adjusting to the gStick. I thought it was maybe just a gimmick. No…it is as natural as using a pencil…except I can scroll and select with it! What an incredible invention. I can't wait to "roll in" to work with one! You don't have to be a graphic designer to understand, love, and appreciate the absolute genius of the intuitive gStick. It makes the days of using a "mouse" a new experience! Thank you gStick."
- Andre Horton, Professional Photographer, DreFoto -
"It just makes sense. Very natural to use. Became almost second nature in minutes while playing Minecraft. It will be epic with Starcraft"
- Reeve Byrne, Senior Graphic Designer at RT Designs
"The device takes full advantage of your fingers fine motor skills, skills that have been practiced since grade school as opposed to a traditional mouse that requires you to use your palm. Just pick it up and you're an expert, I would play Minecraft exclusively with the gStick and can't wait to try it with real-time strategy games like Starcraft..."
- Gavin Brown, Head of IT, Bill's Dist.
The gStick mouse.
Who is it for?
Anyone who can write with a pencil and wants a more comfortable and ergonomic computer mouse will enjoy the gStick. Kids love the gStick, because it's just like holding a pencil and drawing with it in Tux paint is great with the gStick.
What does it work on?
The gStick is a computer mouse that you hold like a pencil. It works on all Mac, Linux and Windows PC computers. If your computer uses a mouse, the gStick will work on it.
In 2009 I conceived the gStick after trying to sign my signature to an online contract with a traditional mouse. I was very frustrated and I wanted something that worked more accurately, that was inexpensive, and that did not need a stylus pad. I also wanted a more natural and ergonomic mouse for being creative with Adobe Photoshop and 3D CAD programs such as Google SketchUp.
How did you make it?
After I conceived the idea for the gStick mouse, I did some sketches, went shopping at Home Depot, and bought material for a prototype. I bought a 10-foot stick of ABS pipe and started cutting and building to make the first mock-ups. Then I began my search for manufactures that would also offer full prototype services before production.
When will it be ready?
After 3-years of R&D and prototype testing, we are now ready for tooling, final testing and a production run. This successful Kickstarter campaign will pay for tooling and, 65 days later, our mouse factory will deliver production samples. As soon as we sign-off on these samples, we'll have up to 20,000 units within 45-days.
The production units will be very similar to the prototype in the video but will include a more polished finish and multiple color options. The buttons will be smoother, and will extend about 2-mm more down towards the tip. The scroll wheel will be rounder on the edges to add extra comfort. The production gStick will have 4 flat spots on the edge to prevent it from rolling off your desk.
UPDATE: The production models will also have a removable tip, so that the ball can be cleaned. Furthermore, production units will have more precision while scrolling across the mouse pad.
Production-run 30 days
We will pay for tooling in September 2013 and will expect our first shipment from our factory at the end of November.
Our professional mouse factory can produce 20,000 gSticks per month, after the first 30-day production period.
Production - where?
Our mouse factory partner has over 8-years in PC mouse R&D and production. They are a professional manufacturer of PC peripherals, products covers, PC mouse, USB HUB, USB flash drive, USB kits and other usb accessories. The factory has over 200 highly skilled employees and their own R&D team for project such as the gStick.
This video was produced by George Stransky of Alaska Digital Visions,
Thanks George! http://alaskadigitalvisions.com/
Thanks to my wife Rachel, and to all my friends and family for your support!
And a special thanks to our BETA TEST TEAM - Rachel, Gaynor, Kerby, Andre, Reeve, Gavin and CJ!
And of course to my kids, who both love to draw and sketch with the gStick and can't wait to have their own (I think they mostly want to play Minecraft with it : )
Risks and challenges
One of my mistakes in the past was not having products inspected before they left the factory. This is a huge mistake for any company. We will have every shipment inspected, every time before it leaves the factory.
One of the challenges I have seen others face on Kickstarter is keeping up with initial demand if demand is strong. Were we fortunate enough to experience this challenge, we would use a fulfillment service such as Amazon Fulfillment or Shipwire services to help ship out all gSticks coming in from the factory.
If we sold more than 20,000 units during the first month of production, we would immediately tell backers that their order might be delayed a few weeks.
FCC, UL, IC, CE certifications typically take 10-15 days, and we plan to register for these certifications for the USA, Canada, Europe and other countries as soon as we have the final production gStick. If certification is not granted, it would delay final production by two weeks.
We will work hard to overcome any challenges and keep moving forward.
We would immediately inform our backers of delays.
Thank you Kickstarter and all the Kickstarters out there!
Kickstarter is truly amazing for any creative individual with a dream of making something and getting it out to the world!
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