At first glance at the picture below, I was convinced I was looking at an old Macintosh mouse – you know, the old type with the squared-off edges made out in lovely 1980s computer beige? In fact, what you’re looking at is a bar of soap.
Most jobs nowadays require at least an hour or so at the computer, whether it’s to type a report or send out an email to a colleague in another office. And when you’re using the computer, you’re also more or less using a mouse along with it (unless you just use laptops and are contented with moving the cursor around with just the touchpad.)
The computer mouse has received quite a lot of attention in the past few months. From mice with digital photo frames to ones with a digital weighing scale, I thought I’ve seen my fair share of multi-purpose mice, at least for this year.
Computer mice come in a lot of forms nowadays. Gone are the days of the huge and bulky mouse with the humongous scroll balls that I’ve had the pleasure of using over a decade ago. Now there are wireless mice, Oppopets mice that come with adorable animal-themed dongles, and ring mice.
First off, no that isn’t some sort of deformed penis with the world’s tiniest testicles in the photo below. Get your mind out of the gutter. It’s a bald mouse that a team of researchers from Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo are using as a test rodent for a cool new sensor that may someday help make monitoring blood sugar less painful for diabetics.
Oh Brando. I just knew you couldn’t stay practical and logical for long. One minute I’m writing about a perfectly sensible product with your name on it, the next you’re sending e-mails about… about this:
If you ask me, the mouse is definitely something I can’t live without. Sure, the touchpad on my laptop is enough for my needs sometimes, but I need my USB mouse to be able to drag and drop things with ease.
While OS X Lion updates all of the multi-touch gestures available for Mac computers, but (at least for now) people who have PCs still need buttons on their mice. This mouse, called the X Mark I Lite, was recently released by Canon and comes with an integrated 10-digit calculator or numeric keypad (whichever you prefer)!
One of Elecom’s latest wireless mice, the look of the Orime is supposed to be a reference to the ancient Japanese art of origami. Either that or first generation PlayStation games. Whatever the inspiration, I wonder if anyone bothered to test the usability of this device.
Last week, we saw computer mice in various species with removable tails that doubled as USB dongles. Some pretty creative people also decided to use them in a way that they weren’t meant to be used: as belt buckles.
It’s not every day that you chance upon a mouse with a tail. I’m not talking about that huge, mangy thing running around in the darkest corners of your attic though. Rather, I’m talking about none other than that little clicker that you’ve got beside your keyboard or laptop.
Soon to be husband-and-wife team Holly and PJ have set up an Etsy shop in order to help pay for their wedding next year. PJ usually makes hemp and leather buckles, but while discarding a box of old computer mice he noticed that they were the same size as the buckle on the belt he was wearing.
While most of us have managed to make the adjustment from keyboard and mouse to dual-analog joysticks to play FPSes on our consoles, there’s still nothing quite as accurate the keyboard/mouse combo. This new system from XCM hopes to even improve upon that.
I’m a huge fan of the Transformers movie franchise. Truth be told, I actually had to be dragged by my sister to the screening of the first movie. I probably said something to this effect then: “I don’t want to see a movie with robots that start out as cars with a leader named Optimus Prime.”
Portal fans, here’s another clever t-shirt to add to your growing collection. It features a tiny mouse (Chell, is that you?) with an even tinier Handheld Portal Device, making it’s little mouse hole with it. Here, I’ll start off with the back of the shirt so as not to ruin the surprise: