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tolvak  ·  2090 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Welcome to Hubski, redditors! Tell us about yourselves.

I too love trackball mice, and had to start using them for gaming as my hands / wrist could no longer do regular mice for long periods of time. I've only tried a couple of the Logitech ones. First the Trackman Marble, but that one would make the middle of the back of my hand sore. Second, I tried the M570, and that has worked surprising well. I've reprogrammed the extra up/down buttons to be double click and toggle holding right click respectively, and that has worked well for me and a variety of games.

Which trackballs have your tried for gaming? And what are your goals for the one your are creating?

Itszutak  ·  2090 days ago  ·  link  ·  

On my desk currently are the Kensington Expert Mouse and a Logitech M570. I'm rather unimpressed with both for multiple reasons, and through design iteration have found that my design most closely resembles the discontinued Microsoft Trackball Explorer, although mine has a larger ball and a different scrollwheel, as well as a different switch mechanism for the two pairs of buttons.

My goal is to make one that allows you access to all the buttons without moving your hand, which is a major problem with the Expert Mouse, as well as giving the precision of a large trackball-- which I feel is easiest to achieve with an index-finger controlled trackball. I also want to make it ergonomic, since the Expert Mouse seriously lacks in that front and I still get wrist strain using it.

I think it's a fairly sizeable untapped market and have a lot of faith in this design, assuming I can convince a manufacturer to make it. I'm pretty well along with my first generation of prototypes-- just waiting on Davis's 3d scanners to open up for the month so I can get my clay model digitized.