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"...gives players unprecedented control without compromising on comfort", Brad Jones at Digital Trends
"The Swiftpoint Z is here, and now mouse makers the world over have a lot of catching up to do”, Overclock3D
"This mouse has an accelerometer, gyroscope, 50 buttons, and an OLED display to make you the ultimate gamer", The Verge
"... listen to us when we say the Z mouse, just launched on Kickstarter, is a pretty amazing looking piece of kit.", PC Powerplay
"This will be the go-to gaming mouse for the next half decade", Henry Lane - Executive at CerebralFix (award winning game development company).
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The Z at a Glance
Swiftpoint’s previous Kickstarter project, earned the Best Computer Peripheral Innovation award, at the largest technology show in the US (The CES). Now, after more than three years of development, we are ready to launch The Z.
It's the world’s first mouse to pivot, tilt and roll, with a brand new way of clicking buttons - meaning you can access dozens of different button actions while barely moving your fingers. The Z also senses how hard you click, giving variable speed / force control, and provides tactile feedback, so you know when you’ve made a ‘deeper click’.
We built in an Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Force Sensor & Tactile Feedback to unleash a faster, more precise and highly intuitive mouse.
If you are a Designer or home and office Power User, please check out the info right after the gaming section. If you’re a Gamer… read on….
The Z for Gamers
Tilt Left or Right
With the mouse on the desk surface, you can tilt left and right for fast mode changes without using your fingers or pushing buttons. You can assign any action to tilt, like leaning, crouching or reloading. Alternatively use it as a modifier key (like shift or control) without actually having to press a button or key!
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We’ve made sure that the ability to tilt doesn’t affect the rock solid performance of normal mousing and have designed adjustable and replaceable feet that can make the tilt easier or harder or set a large or small tilt angle. Or if you want, you can lock out tilt altogether.
The Z also knows when it is pivoting left or right - this gives you a huge competitive advantage in many first or third-person shooters. You can run straight ahead and at the same time look left and right with analog control (the same way as you would with a VR headset). It provides tactile feedback so you know when you’re facing forward, or looking to the side.
Just like tilt, you can assign any action, modifier (e.g control or shift) to a pivot. Everything is configurable.
Pitch, Roll & Yaw - In the Air or on the Ground
The Z knows when it’s on the table and when it’s in the air. For games like Battlefield, just lift up for in air control. Once you're in the air use the W/S keys for thrust (or lift), and The Z for pitch, roll, yaw.
For longer periods of flight, just place the mouse on the supplied 3-Axis extender and take command with direct free-form control - your hand resting comfortably on the desk.
Another great use for the The Z, is for intuitive camera control in spectator mode.
For Tilt, Pivot and In Air Gestures, we provide further analog support for games that are compatible with game controller’s analog sticks, by reporting to the game that we are simultaneously, both a mouse, and an analog controller.
50 clickable button actions.... while barely moving a finger.
Many mice pack in additional buttons around the thumb grip and all over the device. We’ve figured out a new way of clicking that means you can have more buttons, that are effortless to click with no finger or thumb contortions required.
The Z has a new type of trigger button. It can be used by simply straightening your finger slightly and then clicking – while still gripping the mouse as normal, with your fingers poised on the main left and right click buttons.
They are so easy to click that you can use them for actions you do frequently, like reloading, jumping or crouching.
Combine pivot and tilt with trigger and fingertip buttons, to effortlessly access over 50 different actions (48 plus left and right click) - all while maintaining a full grip for maximum control on the mouse.
In addition, we incorporated a scrollwheel button, two front/side buttons, and two thumb buttons, for secondary click actions.
Needless to say The Z makes a great MMO, RPG or MOBA mouse.
The trigger buttons and fingertip button positions are all adjustable (and removable) to perfectly suit your hand size and type of mouse grip.
Deep click with Tactile Feedback
The main left and right buttons and two fingertip buttons all support Deep Click.
Configure the amount of force that suits you (from easy to 'off'), and The Z gives you tactile feedback to let you know when it's activated.
A Huge Boost in Productivity for Power Users
Home and office power users can use the speed and precision of the most advanced multi-functional gaming mouse to blast through spreadsheets, documents, emails and presentations.
Tasks like selecting and copying text are faster and more intuitive with the Deep Click pressure sensitive buttons of The Z....
We also brought ‘copy and paste’ into the 21st century…
You can pan up and down or any direction of a document or image...
A Multi-functional Precision Tool for Designers
Professionals such as artists, surgeons, chefs and carpenters all demand the highest quality, precision tools to perform their work. Now all designers on a computer can have in their hands the best multi-functional precision tool available.
Panning, zooming and rotation in CAD and Desktop Publishing, is like second nature with The Z, and the 6-axis in-air control opens up a whole new way of manipulating 3D objects,
With software like Photoshop and Illustrator you can use the force sensitive buttons to set brush thickness, the harder you push, the thicker the line. We also use the pivot action of The Z, to allow you to draw sweeping brush strokes that are a more natural and pen-like.
We've enhanced overall precision with a feature we call Tactile Steps. In this mode, The Z moves the cursor one unit at a time, and gives tactile feedback for each unit of movement. It makes increasing / decreasing values extremely easy - and something like 'nudging an object three pixels to the right' can be achieved with absolute precision.
Rock-solid Performance & Personalised Ergonomics
OLED Screen for fast configuration
We wanted to make the The Z the easiest mouse to configure, so we added an OLED screen. Lifting The Z to look at the screen is a gesture that we recognize, so we automatically put it into configure mode, to swiftly change profiles, DPI, or other settings.
No Lag, No Drag
None of us want to worry about batteries or wireless reliability and latency …so while we made the Z wired, we also eliminated the issue of cable drag by building a brushed aluminum cube into the mouse-mat for perfect positioning of the cord, right off the desk surface.
Ergonomics and Accuracy
Our last device – the Swiftpoint GT mobile mouse, was quoted as ‘The Most Comfortable Mouse on the Market’ by The Huffington Post. With The Z, we paid the same attention to a full sized mouse and tested hundreds of prototypes to create what we believe is the best shaped mouse ever built….
The main click buttons have been flattened, so that when you click, you are opposing the desk surface with no chance of nudging the mouse.
We’ve balanced The Z so that when you lift it, the weight is evenly distributed between your thumb, ring and little finger.
The feet underneath are replaceable and adjustable to configure an easier or harder tilt, or no tilt at all. The Trigger buttons and fingertip buttons are also configurable and removable. You can set your own force thresholds for Deep Click, or turn it off altogether.
…..and of course… we have the glowing RGB LED logo.
The Z + Swiftpoint GT Pack!
In response to requests from backers, we have added a combo pack for 2 mice. The Z, and our other device, the award winning Swiftpoint GT Mouse.
The Swiftpoint GT, was launched to retail last year and received the best innovation award at the largest trade show in the US (the CES), IT Enquirer even rated it as 'the best mouse of the 21st Century"!
To learn about the Swiftpoint GT – watch a short video review from the guys over at The Grommet.
Risks and challenges
We’re an experienced team that have proven we can deliver and ship on time… take a look at our last Kickstarter project (Swiftpoint GT) to see the feedback of our amazing supporters.
Please note for countries outside of the US there may be tax and duties payable, that will be the responsibility of the backer.
We have final mechanical and electronic design complete and working, and the first phase of the driver and firmware is complete. We are always thinking of new features and ways of using the sensors, so we’ve made the firmware and drivers an easy one click update.
Now that we are ready for tooling and production the final product has far exceeded our expectations - we think it will not only change the way gamers interact with computers… but also designers, office workers and home users.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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