June 22nd, 2017

Haptix lets you play FPS games without a mouse, is kind of great

Haptix lets you play FPS games without a mouse, is kind of great

haptix

Okay, I confess that this Kickstarter is sufficiently old that there are only three days left, but it’s interesting enough that I felt it worth a quick news item. Sue me.

Haptix is a little device that essentially turns any surface into a multitouch panel. Clip it onto something (or lie it flat) and use a wall or desk or whatever as a multitouch panel capable of swiping, pinching, tapping; whatever.

Which, for the asking price of $70, isn’t too bad in and of itself – but I’m mostly interested in the ways it’ll let you play FPS games without a mouse, moving your fingers along the surface of anything to aim, pinching to zoom, and tapping to shoot. I’d assume it’d work equally well in certain non-FPS games, although I wouldn’t necessarily like to try and RTS with this.

If it actually works as well as is indicated, it’d likely be rather useful for someone with either a desk as tiny as mine, or with a laptop that they like to use in places where mice are a bit tricky to properly employ – like, say, a train.

The Kickstarter has already passed its $100,000 goal, and has even hit its $150,000 stretch goal to add pressure sensitivity. As the Kickstarter’s still running, though, you can still pledge towards it to get a few extra bits and bobs; you can get the device for $5 cheaper, or get a program that turns your webcam into a hands-free remote, or… well, you get the idea. Lots of stuff.

Have a look at a video of someone playing a Call of Duty title using the Haptix below, or take a look at the Kickstarter here.


Tim McDonald

Tim has been playing PC games for longer than he’s willing to admit. He’s written for a number of publications, but has been with PC Invasion – in all its various incarnations – for over a decade. When not writing things about games, Tim can occasionally be found speedrunning some really terrible ones, making people angry in Dota 2, or playing something obscure and random. He’s also weirdly proud of his status as (probably) the Isle of Man’s only professional games journalist.

  • sorudo

    would be allot more awesome if it could make a keyboard display on your desk so it can let you type without actually having a keyboard. 😛

    • DavyD

      Projection virtual keyboards have been around for more than a decade – see Celluon CellMC1 Magic Cube

      • Tim McDonald

        Never liked projection keyboards; I always found them horribly uncomfortable, and the tactile feedback is all wrong (on account of them not actually being a physical keyboard, obviously). That’s quite possibly because I’ve been typing for such a ridiculously long time that I have difficulty adjusting, though.

        I do like the idea of the Haptix, though. I doubt I’d usually find it *more* useful than a mouse, but I can actually see this having some advantages.

    • Zack

      They’re including ASETNIOP, which lets you type without actually needing a projection.