Free Space Controller:
Three-button input and cursor navigation all in a hand held device.
Do not need a “work surface” for arms or input device
What problem does your design idea solve?
No need for work surface, begin introduction to an innovative form of human input of data
What are the potential benefits?
Reduce fatigue due to non-ergonomic and archaic design that cause stress in the users hand and fingers
How is your idea novel or an improvement on what is currently available in the marketplace?
While using current switches tracking input technology, a different packaging and implementation allows for human input through an “un-tethered” device
Where would this idea be applied?
For people who use input devices on desk-tops that are looking for relief from existing constraints.
What is the market potential?
For people who use computers that do not have an active input in the screen.
How does your design work?
The design takes existing technology and packages it in a innovative way. There are additional technologies that could be developed as the product matures and additional sales volume grows.
How would your product be manufactured?
The basic structure would be plastic injection molded with integral snap fastener to hold components in during assembly of the completed product.
How would the production cost compare with products already in the marketplace?
The product would be competitive to the level of functionality the consumer would want to purchase. Please note that the “spaceball” controllers are in the $200.00 range.
ABOUT THE ENTRANT
Type of entry:teamTeam members:Nickolas Funk
Software used for this entry:CATIA