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

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Blero

It is great for programmers and gamers
:D i like it :D
i will bay one of them :D

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Laymane

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benvoliothefirst

A VERY interesting concept. I like it. I'd really want to try it out for a week before I backed it on kickstarter though... like some of the other commenters I'm not sure how comfortable it would be to use that keyboard.

DVORAK with the push of a button is an intriguing concept, though. I'm sure I wouldn't want to LEARN it on this thing since I'm sure I would have to hunt-and-peck while I got the hang of it, but it's great that you have the option.

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maverick knight

This is a great product. Once again, the comment section is full of negative, selfish comments just thinking of their own self. How about the people that can't use a controller or both the keyboard and mouse at the same time because they may be one handed? Or my brothers in arms that may be missing fingers or a whole hand? Not too long ago we had a conversation about which body part would we rather live without and most of us said legs because we could accomplish more with our hands (at least that's what we believe). Most importantly that if we even loose key fingers we may never play video games again. I hope this project survives beyond kick-starter.

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fung0

There's a niche for almost any conceivable product. But the niche for this particular controller is going to be limited by several inescapable factors (ignored by the Kickstarter pitch):

1. Moving a mouse using your whole arm is incredibly tiring. Most people tend to use their wrist a lot of the time. I use lightweight Razer mice, and never move my elbow, and barely move my wrist.

2. Any device that locks you into a single hand position is going to feel agonizing after an hour or so. Finely-molded Logitech joysticks and mice feel great at first, but later on they make you feel like your fingers have been set in concrete. The King's Assembly is even more extreme, and it locks up both hands.

3. Very few people will accept a new input paradigm that's MORE complex than what we have already, even if it is arguably better. A device like the Leap Motion has a chance, in that it's actually simpler for some things, and doesn't try to displace what you've already got. But I have a closet full of gadgets just as fascinating as the King's Assembly, that nobody even remembers. (Microsoft Dual Strike, anyone? How about a Spaceball?)

By all means, if the King's Assembly suits you, grab it. In fact, buy two of them, because by the time your first one breaks, the company will be long gone.

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firefox91

There is the world solving problems I didn't know I had again. I can't say I am interested in this thing. Honestly, it looks big and clunky and I don't see how this is going to replace a joystick. A game pad maybe, but a joystick is an entirely different device. The mouse portion of this thing would never work for me anyway. I like to have my thumb and pinky fingers hanging over the sides of the mouse which gives me more precision control when I play. I'd lose that with this beast.

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vrmlbasic

Only 60 keys? I find myself regularly using every key on my 104-key keyboard.

It looks as though I'd have to curl my fingers back towards my palm to hit some of those keys. I'm not sure how comfortable that would be.

So instead of moving a small mouse around I'd have to move that hulking brick around. That would turn my desk into a demolition derby :(

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Innomasta

I can see it working for a certain hand size, but if they want this to get off the ground they better have some kind of adjustable length or sell more than one size for those with large or small hands.

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Dresh

Never met a gamer yet that uses a Mac.

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methuselah

Looking forward to Max PC's review of this while playing BF4.

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ApathyCurve

"Do you want to use your mouse and keyboard at the same time? Yeah, we do too!"

Um...

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Eoraptor

I get the feeling in looking at this that it would be akin to "rub your belly and pat your head" as far as learning to use it; and would be very highly specialized to just a few high level gamers or modelers.

So I guess my question is... once you're beyond the hype of a kickstarter, is there a sustainable market for this?

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H1N1theI

Because of my word filter, I read that as "Mouse, Leopard, and Joystick." I'll buy that. Dovark seems interesting too, but I'm concerned that this will be unwieldy in practice...

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Sorian

This is a competitor to the Razer Tartarus or Logitech G13 Keypads.

It's a bit steep price for something most gamers have been fine using before.

For the same price ($110 early bird, $125 normal) for one, I can get a Logitech gaming mouse and the g13 pad.

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LatiosXT

It looks crazy but... 15+ years of using what I've been using is going to be really hard to break from.