Published on September 14th, 2015 | by Greg0
Serafim ODIN: Transforming The Mouse (With Light!)
Computing devices have changed drastically since their original form- they’re smaller, of course, and that has affected every aspect of their use. We now use powerful computers on our laps and play with them in our hands. And while we’ve created many new ways to interact with them, from touchscreens to speech recognition, most of our tasks still rely on the simple and reliable duo: the keyboard and mouse. And though they’ve changed a bit over the years- adding scroll wheels and lasers, removing the wires- the mouse feels and appears basically the same.
But we’re starting to see a move towards new methods of interaction and the Serafim ODIN Projection Mouse is a big step in this new direction. It’s a cute little box that sits on your desk and uses lasers to draw a visual rendition of a mouse. It helps solve a few issues that have plagued us all, reducing carpal tunnel . The unit itself is super-portable, weighing in at only 40 grams, and it’s cross-compatible with both Mac OSX as well as Windows PCs. A big success on Kickstarter, the project raised over 100,000 and has opened up to pre-orders now as the first units started shipping over the summer. And it claimed to be able to do more than your average mouse, with operations beyond simple scrolling but even allowing zooming in and out.
Using the ODIN is basically like having a small touchscreen instantly appear where you need one. If you desk has an uneven surface or is too small, it might be awkward, but it basically replaces the space where your mousepad would be. You just plug in the cable to a USB port, and you’re ready to go thanks to plug and play drivers. The ODIN certainly makes an initial impression- it looks kind of like a Transformer’s head, which is pretty nifty. But using it isn’t quite as fun as it first appears, as it wasn’t as responsive as we hoped and could stutter a bit, and it didn’t feel that precise. Gamers, especially, won’t find it suitable as the accuracy just isn’t there.
The Serafim ODIN is available in a few colors- black, silver, and green- but unfortunately, the lasers are only available in red. The size of the projection area isn’t adjustable either, but we didn’t really notice or need anything different. It’s pretty easy to setup, and certainly looks awesome in the dark, but didn’t quite meet our hopes. Still, as a first-generation virtual mouse, the Serafim Odin is an interesting twist- and available now online directly for $69.