The mouse 2.0

June 16, 2011

The mouse (first one ever displayed below) has been around since the first PCs hit the market and it hasn’t really changed much.

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Now 2 German students sat down and started to think about how to improve the mouse and they came up with this prototype.

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The roll of your mouse slows down, giving files the feeling weight based on the size of their contents. Depending on how much a given file has been used the mouse starts to breathe.

Check out the video. An interesting thing I thought is that they brought back the mouse ball – remember those – always clogging up with dust?!?

DataBot Mouse from Jan Barth on Vimeo.

 

They also dreamed up a hard drive concept which expands and contracts based on the amount of space being used up.

DataBot Harddrive from Roman Grasy on Vimeo.

 

Pretty cool concepts, I am just not sure how useful they would be.

Let me know what you think.

@maniac13


Mouse Clicks Heat Map application

January 19, 2009

In case you were wondering what you were really doing all day… this tracker app creates a nice heap map of your desktop clicks recording every little interaction for you to see visually. Uh-oh – from the look of it seems I spend way too much time in PowerPoint… groan.

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http://www.anappaday.com/downloads/2006/10/day-18-mouse-heat-map.html


Unboxing the new Google 3D Mouse

September 11, 2008

Last night we came into possession of what we believe to be a beta-release for a new kind of 3D Mouse from Google. Whilst we can’t disclose exactly who gave this (because they work at Google) it certainly raised a few eyebrows in here when we opened the package. We’ve never seen a mouse like this before and has a couple of really WOW features (check out the last image).

EDIT: Just uploaded a quick video (this was right after we took it out of the box).

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So our second unboxing in a month (*)… unfortunately we missed the opening of this box initially because it was totally unmarked so we didn’t know what was inside until we saw the mouse through the plastic …at which point we got the camera out. The mouse was well packed with inflated pouch to avoid any damage. 

Confirmed: It is green and has see through bits showing the Google logo.     

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Underside: Marked (A) is likely part of the 3D accelerometer. This lets you lift the mouse up an use it pretty much like like a Wii controller (see shot of screen below).

(B) seems to be part of the Wii-like 3D system for when you’re waving it about – yes you can actually see the yellow sensor inside moving as you move your hand.
 
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(C) – Appears to be the Biometric reader (nicely branded) and (D) seems to control all the 3D movements but doubles up as a really comfortable ergonomic gel to prevent RSI.

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Above: The mouse in action – after the mouse drivers install you get this pretty neat affect as you lift the mouse up; the cursor lifts up and becomes huge, casting a shadow on the desktop. We haven’t figured out what the use for this might be yet but it was fun.

We were a bit disappointed that the mouse is not wireless, but seeing there was no battery compartment it probably needs to get power from somewhere.

Incidentally it’s Google’s tenth birthday, and we know they love a good old joke down under 😉 …Happy Birthday Google, and thanks for the mouse – already put to good use.

Birthday wishes, @ Amnesia.