Wing: the gorgeous next generation of the computer mouse
It looks like a mouse…While the Wing is clearly based on the same principles as the standard desktop mouse – the buttons, the scroll wheel, the shape of it – it’s taking things one step further by adding 3D control.
3D control? What does that mean exactly?Well, in addition to standard 2D movement tracking, Wing has yaw, roll and pitch controls: you can rotate the mouse for yaw, tip it back or forward for pitch, or left and right for roll. It can also track “z-height” – you can move the entire top portion of the Wing up and down on two stainless steel pillars. Your computer, essentially, views Wing as a mouse and two joysticks.
Brushed aluminium Wing
What purpose does all that serve?The extra degree of control means you can use the Wing for more than just moving a pointer on a flat plane. It can be used for computer-aided 3D design, flight simulator games (we bet it'd work a dream with an Oculus Rift) and even remote UAV flying.
UAV flying? You mean drones?Indeed. Worthington Sharpe, the Wing’s creators, have a background in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and this controller could be used to fly one from afar.
It's a great-looking device. Like that spaceship out of Flight of the Navigator.Indeed it is. But the brushed and polished aluminium models in these pictures are pre-production prototypes, and Worthington Sharpe says they'll most likely switch to a hardier anodised ceramic finish for the final production model.
I want it, shiny or not. What’s the deal with availability?You won’t be able to get your hands (or rather, hand) on one for a while, sadly. The Wing is currently undergoing testing and will be launched to the wider market via a Kickstarter campaign in August or September this year, with a full retail release pencilled in for April 2015. Worthington Sharpe is aiming for an release price tag of around £650, but says it could be lower depending on the volume of pre-orders received.