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January 09, 2013

Mauz Turns iPhone into 3D Gesture-Based Mouse

With the increasing adoption of touchscreen devices, including the iPhone, it may seem that the old reliable desktop mouse may be headed for the e-cycling facility.

Spicebox, a Palo Alto (News - Alert), Calif.-based company, has developed Mauz, a combination peripheral and app which turns the iPhone into a gesture-based wireless computer mouse.

“The wireless mouse was a great improvement over corded versions. But it’s become old fashioned; technologies like Wii and Kinect have led us to expect the greater freedom of controlling software through motion and visual gestures,” said Spicebox CEO Gilad Meiri. “From hovering your hand over your phone to raise the volume; to rotating your wrist – iPhone (News - Alert) in hand – to 3D rotate objects in graphic design software; to holding your phone and flicking your wrist left or right to rewind or advance the next PowerPoint slide, Mauz’s gesture controls feel like an extension of you. They’re as much about instinct as they are intuitiveness.”

In addition to conventional mouse functions, Mauz allows for gestures in 3D space, or on the Z axis. Users can bind gestures to certain actions, such as launching a program. It can also respond to gestures like finger swipes. The gesture-based control is reminiscent of the movie “Minority Report.”

The Mauz comes pre-configured for several popular applications: Photoshop, Google TV, the open-source 3D modeling program Blender, PowerPoint and Adobe (News - Alert) Reader.

A software development kit is available for developers who want to create new applications or add Mauz functionality to existing ones.

Spicebox is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the introduction of Mauz to general availability. So far, 85 backers have pledged almost $5,000 of the $150,000 Spicebox is asking for. The company hopes to have the first models available by July.

Spicebox is also demonstrating the Mauz at CES (News - Alert) 2013 in Las Vegas from January 8-11.

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