We were about to write this off as a harmless gimmick, and a great gift to slow down a couple FPS rivals of ours, but after staring mesmerized at the sheer craziness of it all, we’re starting to think these Combimouse peeps are on to something.

Their concept is quite simple: reduce the repetitive and arduous task of moving your hand from keyboard to mouse and back again a few thousand times a day. They accomplish that by splitting the keyboard and making the right half into a full fledged mouse. Your merely switch up your grip and the mouse function automatically springs into action. You might look a bit dorky in the act, and it surely won’t work for everybody, but it seems to us that a spreadsheet pusher could quickly get used to the setup and learn to rock it. The creators of the Combimouse have recently completed their final prototype and are on the lookout for a manufacturer. We’ll keep you posted.

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The combimouse left unit is stationary and provides the function of the left hand side of a conventional QWERTY keyboard. The right unit has a similar mass and centre of gravity to a conventional mouse. It also has a similar grip.

The combimouse right unit is a mobile combination keyboard and mouse that can be moved around on a support surface like a conventional mouse. The keys are arranged in the fashion of the right hand side of a conventional QWERTY keyboard.

By default the right unit operates in keyboard mode. When the user grips within the area detailed above as ‘Proximity Switch’ the right unit automatically changes to mouse mode.
When in this mode movement of the right unit enables cursor movement on the screen and the keys I, O, J, K, L and < become mouse click buttons.

The combimouse has been configured to enable two different methods of operating the right unit whilst in mouse mode. The hand positions for both are comfortable and intuitive.

Grip 1 has only two fingers on the mouse keys. The comma key doubles as the left click button whilst the L key doubles as the right click button.

Grip 2 has three fingers on the mouse keys. The left click button is the J key, the middle click button is the I key and the the right click button is the O key