By Grant Odgers. If you're a Gamer, Designer or a Power User, The Z will let you interact with your computer in a faster, more precise & intuitive way.
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!
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.
Use Pivot to look left and right
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.
Lift up The Z, for a stint of precise flight control
. …or use The Z, in-air, for accurate camera control in spectator mode.
For a full flight or space simulator experience, attach the supplied 3-Axis extender to the bottom of the mouse - now take command with direct free-form control - your hand resting comfortably on the desk.
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.
You can pull them like a trigger as well. These two buttons are in effect four buttons. We’ve also added adjustable fingertip buttons, that can be accessed with very little finger movement.
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.
50 fingertip click actions in 10 seconds!
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.
In a First-Person Shooter… right click to bring up your scope, click deeper to zoom in, then deeper again to hold your breath and steady your sights... now take the shot.
For games that have light and heavy attacks, use normal click for a light attack, or click harder to launch a heavy attack.
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....
Double click to select a word, press a bit harder to select the paragraph, then a bit harder again to select the entire document.
We also brought ‘copy and paste’ into the 21st century…
Deep Click the right button to copy text, and slightly harder again to paste - it’s extremely fast and intuitive with tactile feedback
You can pan up and down or any direction of a document or image...
Simply tilt the mouse to the right then move in the direction you want to scroll.
Right Click while panning, locks the scroll direction and shows the panning wheel. Pressing harder means you scroll faster.
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.
Lift the mouse to look at the OLED screen, and The Z automatically goes into configure mode
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.
No cable drag
Brushed aluminum cable management
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.
When you grip the mouse, 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.
Riesgos y desafíos
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.