Practical input on our computers hasn’t changed that much in the last 30 years. We may have switched mainly from mice to multitouch trackpads, but it’s still very much a point and click world. During that same time, we’ve seen the rise of touch screens on our smartphones and tablets and natural movement interfaces on our PlayStations and Xboxes in the living room. A new Indiegogo program from Senic called Flow aims to bring some that to everyday tasks on the PC.
Flow is a wireless controller for tasks that natural movement makes more sense than a mouse or keyboard. These can be based in graphic design, video editing, CAD, or controlling your media. The Flow is designed around what you can do with your hands. It employs an array of different sensors to do this: touch, infrared motion control, and 360° motion. You can touch it, wave your hand over it, and even turn Flow like a dial. Flow has controls for over 30 programs at current and will add more in the weeks, months, and years to come. The team has also made the platform open for others to use Flow to meet the needs of their software. Flow is OS X exclusive at launch, but they plan to add support for Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android at a later date.
The Flow controller connects to your Mac using Bluetooth Low Energy. This allows a battery life of up to 4 months. The casing is 70mm in diameter and 15mm high. Its outer ring is made of aluminum and steel while the touch surface is polycarbonate. That makes it usable, yet portable either in your bag or even your pocket.
Flow is $99 on Indiegogo, but can be had for as little $69 during the first 24 hours if you’re one of the first 100 backers. Backers also get their names on the website. For Christmas, they’re also offering a Flow and a handwritten Christmas card to a loved one. The campaign for Flow ends January 3rd and has a $50,000 goal. Backers will tentatively receive their devices next summer. You can find the campaign here.