Hillcrest Labs has launched today (June 15) its Loop pointer, which is a Freespace mouse that lets users control an on-screen cursor with the flick of wrist. It targets consumers who connect their PC or Mac to a TV.
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With the Loop pointer, consumers can search, browse, and navigate the Web or their home media content on TV. It comes with four buttons and a scroll wheel. It’s now available to consumers for $99.
“Although today we are introducing our first product directly to the public, at our core, we remain a software and IP licensing company,” says Dan Simpkins, CEO and founder of Hillcrest Labs.
To use the Loop pointer, consumers will plug a small, USB 2.0 transceiver that comes with the device into a compatible computer or device. As with a conventional mouse, no special driver software is required for use on a PC or Mac.
Its specifications include:
- Diameter: 4.8 inches (approximately the size of a CD or DVD)
- Width: 1.2 inches
- Weight: 4.9 ounces
- Color: Black with silver buttons
- Connectivity: USB 2.0 antenna with built in RF (radio frequency transceiver)
- Power supply: 2 AA batteries (included)