When you use a laptop in a cramped airline seat, you have to sacrifice a mouse and use the less-accurate trackpad. The Swiftpoint, though, fits on the small, flat surface alongside the trackpad, turning your laptop into a no-compromise mobile workstation. To work in tight spaces, it uses a miniaturized version of the standard optical sensor and is held between your thumb and forefinger for precise control. $70.
This "innovation" is hardly something new. all you did is make something that already exists, and make it smaller. Plus this is not really that great of an idea. Speaking form experience, when using something like this, your laptop will end up looking like garbage due to scratches right next to your touch sensor mouse. All the paint got rubbed off my laptop.
Sorry statusfx, wrong on all counts. The Swiftpoint is utterly unlike any conventional mouse, regardless of size. And, after months of regular use, there is no discernable wear on the surface of my laptop. I own two of them now, and will probably be getting a couple more soon. The only downside is the expense, but it's worth it to me. If you really think it's going to scratch the surface of your laptop, it comes with an adhesive backed pad (removable) that can be placed next to the touchpad. The pad is not intended to protect the laptop, it's actually because the sensor might not work on all laptop surfaces, but it would serve as protection if thought necessary. Actually, I think the adnesive pad looks kind of tacky, but I don't use or need it so it doesn't bother me.
I have to say that this design looks awfully like the US patent 4862165 granted to my friend Samuel Gart in 1989.