Gadgets

The computer mouse, keyboard & joystick hybrid

Introducing the PC master race's latest step toward total assimilation of the human form: the King's Assembly.

Aimed at the hardiest of PC gamers or keyboard-wielding programmers, the King's Assembly is the creation of Eric Charlton, founder of San Francisco's Solid Art Labs. Motivated by a frustration of having to move between mouse and keyboard during frantic gaming sessions, Charlton set about studying the ergonomics of the human hand to see if he could squeeze the functionality of a mouse, keyboard and joystick into one peripheral.

The resulting King's Assembly is a complex marvel: the two units - one for each hand - hold 30 keyboard buttons each, curving within a finger's reach of a palm rest. These buttons can be programmed to offer a standard QWERTY experience, or modified to your own design. Each thumb receives a further five buttons (useful for mapping out keys like Shift or Control) and its own joystick.

As both Assemblies feature an optical laser to track movement, you can use either units as a mouse, leaning into the palm rest and sliding it around your desktop while leaving your fingers free to type/shoot up baddies.

Having smashed its Kickstarter goal, you can pick up your own King's Assembly for around £130 (shipping sometime in September).

(Images: Kickstarter)