Smartball – the computer manipulator of the future
Following the rapid development of computer technology, there is also a revolution in interfaces. Including, digital gadgets control devices. An example of this is the concept of a computer manipulator of the future called Smartball.
More recently, we told Novate.Ru about ten of the most unusual game controllers in the world. After all, time has passed when it was possible to control a computer or console solely with the help of a mouse and a banal joystick. The growth of digital capabilities brings with it a revolution in their control devices.
Therefore, attempts by various designers to create new gadgets and devices that give users new opportunities to manage their computers seem quite logical. A Smartball is one of the most interesting concepts of such devices.
A smartball is a touch interface for controlling a computer that is shaped like a ball that fits easily in an adult’s hand. This device has an external texture similar to the fabric, which makes it pleasant to the touch and understands the possibility of slipping from the hand to a minimum.
In order to control a computer or other digital device, you need to take the Smartball in hand and gently squeeze it. In the place where the user’s fingers touch it, the icons currently needed will appear. These can be certain function keys, letters, numbers, icons for launching programs.
Smartball can be used as a computer mouse, keyboard, remote control, game controller and many other devices.
According to the creators of the device, Smartball will especially appeal to designers, 3D developers, architects and engineers. He has a future also in medicine and science, where this device can be used for operations, surveys and research. At the same time, all users will have access to the tactile feedback function, which will allow people to feel the textures of the materials they touch in the virtual world.