King's Assembly Peripheral Consolidates Mouse, Keyboard, and Joystick

Paul Lilly

A device that combines multiple input peripherals into one

You never know what you'll find when browsing Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site that's helped bring Oculus Rift , Ouya , and Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded to fruition. We've also seen a handful of peripherals skate through Kickstarter -- items like the Stinky Footboard Controller and Paradise Desk . More recently, we stumbled upon a unique peripheral called King's Assembly , and with 51 days still to go, it's already blown past its funding goal.

King's Assembly is a computer mouse that's "full of awesome," according to the project's Kickstarter title. More precisely, it's an input peripheral that attempts to consolidate a high-precision laser mouse, full mechanical keyboard, and analog joystick. Part of the reason for its existence is to help gamers save time from having to go from the mouse to the keyboard.

"We challenged ourselves to find a way to move a mouse quickly and accurately without using fingers or thumbs. We designed a contoured palm rest that comfortably anchors your palm and enables you to drive the mouse without moving a single digit," developer Solid Art Labs explains . "The palm rest is designed to allow unobstructed movement of your fingers and thumb while still providing enough leverage in all directions to maintain precise mouse control."

There are 30 keys for each hand, each outfitted with Cherry ML keyswitches (the team is investigating the use of Cherry MX) for tactile feedback and silent operation. It has a QWERTY layout by default, though you can switch to DVORAK and other setups with the click of a button.

You have the option of owning King's Assembly for just one hand, either left ("Strategist") or right ("Elementist"), or you can use two and interconnect them with a 4-wire cable. Each side houses a 9800 optical laser sensor, and if you use both, the motion from each laser will be added together and show up as a single pointer input on the screen.

The project has already surpassed its $20,000 funding goal. At $50,000, the team will refine the design, and at $100,000, it will incorporate "souped-up programming." At $150,000 there will be a styling package with backlighting, and should the project reach $250,000 or more, it will go wireless.

Give it a glance and let us know in the comments section what you think!

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