No More Mouse: Meet the Future of Computer’s Oldest Sidekick

The first computer mouse was made out of wood in 1963. It was, as you could probably imagine, not meant for the mass market, seeing as the personal computer didn’t become popular until 20 years later. Still, the basic design — buttons on the top, sensor on the bottom for tracking x and y coordinates — has remained the standard for decades.

Anyone with a smartphone or tablet, of course, can tell you that the end of the mouse is nigh. Consider Mycestro, the new Kickstarter-funded “3D mouse” from entrepreneurs David Greenspan and Nick Mastandrea. The Bluetooth-enabled device clips onto your index finger, letting you control your cursor with simple gestures. Imagine Tom Cruise in “Minority Report” flipping through screens with a flick of his hand; that’s essentially what you would look like giving a presentation on your laptop or an Internet-enabled TV. Setting up the Mycestro isn’t much harder than setting up a wireless mouse.

It’s also extremely mobile. Even people who prefer not using trackpads are loath to bring a mouse into their local coffee shop. The Mycestro, which weighs about as much as a wireless earpiece, solves this problem by fitting easily in your pocket. Yes, it’s convenient, but will consumers want to look like they’re conducting an invisible orchestra while web-browsing? Early signs are positive: the Kickstarter project looks poised to smash its goal of raising $100,000 by Friday, March 29. At only $79 during pre-order, it’s in the same ballpark as a high-end wireless mouse — not cheap, but easily affordable for the motivated early adopter.

Whether or not Mycestro becomes the next big thing, the overall trend is clear: the mouse is disappearing. That first mouse, developed by Douglas Englebart at the Stanford Research Institute, consisted of a wood casing filled with two wheels. In 1968, the wheels were replaced by a trackball and the wood with plastic by a German company called Telefunken, who designed it primarily for drawing vector graphics. In 1981, the first commercially available mouse hit the market. The two-button device came as part of the Xerox Star 8010, the first computer to come with a window-based GUI. Three years later Logitech released the first wireless mouse; in 2004 the company released the first laser mouse.

That’s about when things starting going south. The mouse, now unshackled by balls and wires, saw its fortunes fall with the rise of the laptop. People got so used to the multi-touch trackpads on their laptops that they are now using them for their desktops. Touchscreens, obviously, are everywhere: smartphones, tablets, hybrid laptops and desktops. We are moving quickly towards the immaterial. So what’s next?

Mycestro is only one of the many nails in the mouse’s coffin. The Kinect, a motion-sensing device originally sold as an accessory to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, has found robust demand among computer researchers and roboticists. It’s not hard to imagine a variation of it interpreting voice and motion commands for all PCs in the future. Tobii’s Gaze technology wowed reporters at CES as they controlled an asteroid-blasting spaceship — with their eyes. Just attach a small bar to the bottom of your Windows 8 PC monitor and shift your gaze, stopping to concentrate on whatever you want to open or enlarge. Currently selling for $995, the Tobii Rex is meant mainly for developers, but that doesn’t mean a more-affordable version isn’t on the horizon.

What’s next, you ask: telepathic devices? Don’t laugh. Philip Low of NeuroVigil is currently working with Stephen Hawking to perfect his iBrain, a helmet that can identify brain signals that are indicative of conscious intent, meaning Hawking could one day communicate with the outside world just by thinking. Don’t be surprised if your great-great grandchildren browse YouTube solely with their brains.

Keith Wagstaff is a contributing writer to Tech Page One. He has written for TIME, Details, VICE’s Motherboard and the Village Voice.

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  • http://www.google.com/ Marv

    Cheers pal. I do aprpeciate the writing.

    • raffy

      will Stephen hawking`s I brain only fit anti semitic heads?

  • Thomas Brown

    Old fogey that I am (67) I just can`t seem to reconcile using my laptop by waving my hands in the air.

    • jwb7605

      @Thomas Brown — as a whippersnapper of only 65, I have to compliment you on your accurate description!

    • Theresa Cummings

      So what do I do now that my hands no longer work due to MS?
      I Use the Dragon software and I am very happy with all that I do. I’ll be locked up if I start waving my arms around! I refuse to support today’s fashions because the
      ‘Emperor’ looks so nice? I’ll be out front saying, it has no clothes on! Not forgetting, your keyboard-less system does not work for me and others who have had to make adaptations suit their individual needs. Everybody’s pushing something that really ain’t everything that it’s advertised to be! Greek yogurt. Are you kidding me? I’d rather be waving my arms all about?!Terrydould

    • Roger Halstead

      Waving hands in the air or Gorilla arm from touch screens. The movements on the small touch screens are fast and natural …for a small screen, but quickly become awkward and painful for larger ones. Why use a small screen at home. I have 5 wide screens ~25 inch to watch streaming video comfortably. The keyboard and mouse are both the most comfortable way to input information. The screen could be 27″ for computer use and the image is detailed and comfortable to view, unlike smart phones or even tablets.

      Small touch screens are fine for mobile devices where neither detail or long term comfort are needed, but a royal PITA for long term viewing or where detail is needed and I have better than average vision.

  • Gloria S

    How do I buy one? Hello to Fogey

  • Uncle Ken

    IMHO: So this device works well when you need accurate cursor control? I think not. It’s probably designed for those giant icons they use in the Metro interface. As usual another product dumbed down for the masses. Whether or not I like it I need a mouse.

    • http://Yahoo.com pr0vider

      Old fogey agrees with you 100%

      • GJDeBrota

        I have a family of Mouse(s) and prefer to continue to rely on their assistance – waving arms around really sounds silly when less energy is expended by a tiny motion of a finger. Just another excuse to sell something new – and lots of naïve folks will fall for it.

        • Pizza gulper

          I have to agree. For gaming the mouse is unsurpassed. The touch screen is very clunky and i can’t see though my hand while using it. the Kinect is fun but it is inaccurate and can be clunky. The issue i have with this is it would be annoying to type and use the weird pointer thing while gaming and writing papers and such. People can keep dreaming, but the mouse isn’t going to go out for a long time.

    • Theresa Cummings

      So this is what I get to look forward to because I no longer have the use of my of my hands due to MS. I love my laptop computer. With my Dragon software, I am continuously delighted!Terrydould

      • John Doe’s Father

        You really want to make sure everyone knows about your MS don’t you. Lighten up. This product isn’t for you. No one said is was going to be forced on you.

  • Lucy

    Neat, but I’m with Mr. Thomas “Fogey” Brown. Even I, at the relatively tender age of 22, don’t think I would be interested in navigating on my screen in the manner this is suggesting. It would be great if that were an option, but I’d be more interested in using this like a traditional mouse– against my work surface.

  • Dave

    I got a kick out of reading this article with the help of my … drumroll … MOUSE! ;-}

    Most of my issues were resolved when lasers replaced trackballs.

  • gary

    Asuuming our great, great, grandhcildren have brains.

  • Vegas Vegan

    Sorry, I don’t need or want 99.999999999% of all the new “bells & whistles” available. I do not upgrade anything just for the sake of upgrading (hear that Microsoft?)

    Give me my laptop with the 15″ screen (so I can actually see the whole page AND be able to read it), my little wireless mouse (trackpads and touch screens do NOT work well with long fingernails) and my Clear plug-in modem and I am all set.

    • Janet

      Sounds like someone after my own heart — I had my trackpad turned off and will never give up my mouse.

      • matt

        Moore’s Law states the number of transistors placed on a given sized chip will double while costs reduce, it does not apply to technology as a whole. I’m surprised a electrical eng/net admin would get that one wrong.

        • te66

          You guys do know that Moore’s Law is just an observation, not a scientific principle.

  • oliver earls

    As a trained individual in Electronic Eng. and Computer Network Admin. I can say with certainty that the tech industry feels and justifies their newest technology every 2-3 yrs. as keeping up with Moore’s Law which states that technology should double every 2 yrs. as the price is reduced by half. The problem of course, is are we as the human beings we are, willing to accept such a rapid change and can we as a whole keep up? Why buy something that costs a small fortune at it’s inception and becomes yesterdays’ news and old hat as well dirt cheap before the initial offering bought at the higher price isn’t even broken in yet? As an IT Tech we are taught that to engage in this career we must be willing to go to school for the rest of our lives so we can keep up with the technological advances. And the people (who aren’t tech savvy) have to pay to move us forward.

    • bmac

      As a trained proofreader, I suggest you spend a little more time with the English language if your desire is to clearly communicate your thoughts to others, and check your comment for sense and mistakes before clicking on ‘post’.

      • siusp

        bmac: As a professional writer, I suggest you place the period following the word ‘post’ inside the closing apostrophe before clicking on ‘post.’

        • Me

          You are wrong. ‘post’. is correct because the period is meant to end the complete sentence. o

          • JeffB

            Is this really the place to use up space correcting grammar? How about just appreciating someone’s comment as it is and not being so O.C. about it.

          • No Hard Drive In Here

            Since I know for a fact that I am Me, you must be an imposter, i.e. You are pretending to be Me.

          • A guy

            No, he’s right. The period goes inside of the closing apostrophe.

            Also, the mouse is going nowhere anytime soon. Tech companies like to say ‘omg x is dying!’ while ignoring the fact that the corporate world won’t buy into most of the consumer idiot tech.

          • Jim

            No, although it’s a stupid rule, you are wrong.

        • David Goofmaster

          To Period or Not to Period? I think I learned in grade school to put the period at the end of a sentence. But that was a long time ago. My writing style may have been changed over the “decades”.

      • -G

        As a trained bullcrap detector, I suggest you spend a little more time reading comments for the content and intention, instead of ridiculing others who aren’t grammar Nazis. But since you seem to be, the period goes inside the quotes.

        • siusp

          Thank you, G. Sometimes pompous jerks just need to be ratcheted down a few notches, you know?

        • Gerald Beckman

          Unless you’re a Brit. So I suppose either inside or outside the quotes is correct.

          • LTJ

            What does it have to do with being British? There is NO WAY that the period goes inside the quote marks! Why would it? Only a single word is being ‘quoted’ here, not a full sentence. Besides that, if the period goes inside the quotes, then that leaves the last sentence of the message just hanging there without a terminating period – and since when is that correct in any English-speaking country?

          • Dave

            Since they’ve done away with teaching the English language in the schools of the USA, it is a wonder, indeed, that anyone uses any periods when trying to write what they believe to be a sentence.

          • nematoda

            My God, folks. You’re all on the Internet. Look things up before posting an idiotic statement.

            What does it have to do with being British? Simple answer: British English and American English follow different conventions, one of which is where to place punctuation. In BE, the period goes outside the closing quotation mark; in AE, the period goes inside. This is not rocket science people.

          • Warren

            Actually in AE the period is acceptable inside or outside the quote. The only reason it gets placed on the inside is that on early type setters the period would occasionally “float” away from the text when coming after a quotation mark; in order to correct this they started placing it inside the final quote. The Brits never accepted it on the inside.

      • Dave

        At last! someone who thinks the understanding and use of the English language is important. As a side note, they could use a few proofreaders on sites such as Google news where the news postings are many times incomprehensible.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.oliver.397 Kenneth Oliver

        bmac, did somebody take a whiz in your cornflakes? Get over yourself.

    • Howard Barnett`

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moore's_law

      “…as keeping up with Moore’s Law which states that technology should double every 2 yrs. as the price is reduced by half”

      FTFA – “Moore’s law is the observation that, over the history of computing hardware, the number of transistors on integrated circuits doubles approximately every two years”

      It’s specific to transistors-on-a-chip, not “technology”. And notice there’s nothing about pricing at all. I assume IT Tech is somewhat slack, or you didn’t internalize the info all that well.

  • Benson

    The mouse is not going anywhere. Why must all these articles be framed as “The death of the PC” or “The death of the mouse” etc…? Is it a ratings thing or page hits thing? The logic being more people will click on the story?

    In any case, it’s a cool gadget, but I could not see using it for much else than large presentations. But most projectors these days already come with “wireless mouse gadgets.” So I am not sure that it is much of an improvement over existing technology.

    • JeffB

      I agree. Sensationalism to get someone to read an article is annoying. I doubt that the mouse is going away anytime soon. Yeah, lots of folks have touchscreen devices, but the mouse, even after all these years is still a very viable device. Cars have been around a long time too, but I doubt they will be going away anytime soon either. Just because a device has been around a long time doesn’t mean it isn’t valid anymore because new fancy devices are invented.

      • Paul

        I seem to remember back in the 60′s Popular Science Magazines were prolific in their statements that cars were doomed, and personal helicopters were the future! Yess, it sold advertizing and magazines and that was the intent. We’ve done away, largely, with paper, and though the science writers of the time didn’t foresee it, the Internet is the new media.

  • doodlybop

    this is a nice ad. I’ll still be using a mouse though.

  • Robert Walther

    If you do not create anything, then a mouse is unnecessary.

  • Gabrielle

    I have a laptop and use a mouse! I like the control it gives me.

    • Sandra Perez

      Ditto

  • Hairy Herry

    I loved those DOS days before a mouse became necessary.

    • White Lotus

      Not me. The only thing I still miss about DOS was the ability to batch name (or rename) large numbers of files. There’s nothing cool about looking at a black screen with a prompt at the bottom of it.

  • Marie

    Sitting here in the (open) office, which is pretty much dead quiet despite having dozens of people, I was chuckling at the part about the voice activated computer. I can’t see sitting here, in “public” talking to my computer. I’d prefer to quietly tap the keys and move the mouse. Nor can I see us all wildly flailing about with the motion activated part.

    It seems that technology is forgetting how much “boring” stuff we do with our computers all day that works best with a mouse and keyboard (I’m talking to you, Windows 8 and the touch screen interface).

  • alur

    If you want speed and graphics, the desktop is still the Bentley of the fleet that sores far above the mindless tablets and phones. The mouse is superior to a messy touch screen with oil marks from fingers. When a new technology is made viable, it doesn’t necessarily void the previous, superior technologies.

    • JeffB

      I agree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sam.walker.3511 Sam Walker

    Bluetooth controllers are way too flaky for me, especially around usb3 devices. Also, this thing looks like it would be hard to use while eating a sandwich.

  • http://twitter.com/slayerwulfe Slayerwulfe (@slayerwulfe)

    first 2 those who R concerned about language(,)understand why we have phonetic. R older computers dead? and my newest is an HP dv6 3230 us and the touch pad never worked from out of the box, in what i saw as justice i purchase a Chinese knock off of an HP presenter mouse for $10 and it fits in my pocket along with the adapter for charging it. the mouse will live as long as the baby boomers along with XP. i’m going to upgrade soon and donate my mouse to a museum.

  • Frontkicker

    “Don’t be surprised if your great-great grandchildren browse YouTube solely with their brains.”

    Yeah, at the rate we’re going…my great-great-granchildren will be working in a Chinese sweatshop to pay off the interest on the national debt.

    I always get a kick out of these articles that think the future’s bright just because Apple crapped out a neat toy for their hardware.

  • Bea

    I love my mouse. I use it as easily as breathing. I don’t like the track pad. I also want my hard drive. I don’t want to put my valuable info on some “cloud.” Not everyone uses their computer just for the Internet. Some of us work on them. Progress isn’t always progress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003946454200 John Patterson

    This is all good and fine for the masses. But for those remaining 5% in our society who still work and do the majority of it on a computer, a laptop and mouse are the only way to create.
    As one engineering friend of mine said about working on computers: “There are makers and there are takers”.
    Makers (creators) still need a laptop and a mouse.

  • Tom

    Love my 4 button thumb ball mouse.

  • spark

    How presumptuous to claim that this is the future of the mouse! Just another tiny thing to lose or misplace. The existing mouse is more ergonomic. It doesn’t improve upon the moouse. It’s basically a mouse with a different design, but the same concept – no net change.

  • Bob

    I have a lap top with a touch pad and use an external mouse. I can’t see myself using something else that I will click unintentionally. Perhaps I am wrong but it seams the cursor would bounce all over the screen as i type???

  • Psonmyx

    Eschew obfuscation!

  • Shaun Mehr

    Watching the video, your thumb would have to touch the device on your index finger for it to activate the device – so it would not bounce around as you type. I really like this concept and think this would be a great way to more accurately / organically control the pointer function. For designers, it seems like it would be a big improvement on current stylus type devices…great article!

  • minorgod

    The mouse will never die, nor will laptop or desktop computers. I have a top-of-the-line Android tablet, a couple of Droid phones and the last thing I can imagine wanting to do is try to do real work on a touch interface. iOS is no different. As anyone who works for a living on computers can tell you, doing anything on a touch interface other than very simple tasks that don’t require a complex UI is way more trouble than it’s worth. The same goes for every flavor of gyro mouse ever made or conceived of. Arms get tired of holding themselves up pretty quick and gravitate toward sitting on a horizontal surface anyway. And fingers are way better at pressing buttons that all stay in one place and give tactile response than they are at manipulating touch interfaces that give little to no feedback. In all but a very, very small handful of computer activities, anything you can do with a touch interface and/or a gyro-mouse, I can do an order of magnitude faster and with less effort with a mouse and keyboard. That includes programming, video editing, audio production, fragging my foes, or just typing up a document. Anyone who thinks the PC or mouse is going away is just a dreamer or a marketer. The same people who believe we’ll get jetpacks or flying cars in our lifetime. It’s nice in theory, but reality doesn’t work that way. Rather than try to force crappy touch interfaces and 3-d mice down our throats, I wish laptop manufacturers would ignore the hype, get off the touch-screen and HD video resolution bandwagon, and start making laptops with REAL non-touch-enable high-def displays again instead of this crap HDTV resolution they are pushing on everyone. Apple MacBookPro lovers will say, “hey look at my amazing resolution”, but then I say, yeah get me a magnifying glass because I can’t read anything on the puny 15″ screen and they’ve discontinued the 17″ models. Sigh. Real power users these days are left with fewer and fewer options as everyone jumps on the bandwagon of the technology flavor of the week. I applaud anyone for getting a tech project funded, but the Mycestro 3d-mouse is just another example of s*#! I don’t need in a niche that is already filled with other low-cost options. What we really need is a Kickstarter project for a 17″ MacBook Pro alternative – that is — a laptop with a nice-ass 17″ screen, gaming-quality video card, top-of the line processors and BATTERY LIFE. I can get all kinds of 17″ laptops with great specs (none with a great display like the old 17″ macbook pro), but nothing out there with comparable specs comes close with the battery life. The whole laptop market needs to standardize like the desktop market so people can buy standardized laptop parts and build their own just like with desktop pcs. But I could go on about this forever and I have work to do fixing problems with an effing touch interface. Sigh.

    • Dave

      At Last! A response by someone who actually uses a computer. I’m with you 100%.

    • Jed

      I can accept the idea that something will come along to replace the mouse as we know it but I’ll be skeptical of any candidates until they can prove themselves. But I agree fully that the touch interface is not it. I really like the touch interface for what it is. It was a brilliant solution to the challenge of how to make the tiny screen almost useful. For the masses of people who used their PCs to watch Youtube videos and browse Facebook, the PC really is dead. Tablets and phones do the job for them much more effectively. But for those of us who do real work, there is no substitute for a fullsize screen with a keyboard and a mouse. Sadly, we are being thrown under the bus. The PC makers have foisted off the 16:9 shortscreen form factor on us, telling us that by taking away ten percent of our vertical screen resolution, we are being upgraded to “Full HD.” When the orange juice makers started putting 59 ounces into a 64 ounce carton, they hoped no one would notice. But the PC makers had the audacity to call this an upgrade. And with Window 8, we’ll likely start seeing functions that can only work with touch. Has anyone ever tried to use a touch interface to work with a spreadsheet with small fonts? Those of us who know how to read like to get as much information as possible on our displays even if the fonts are small, and touch just doesn’t give you the precision you need. And of course, there’s the issue of having a screen covered with fingerprints. PC makers lament that sales are way off. If they offered a real PC for work instead of the toys that they’re selling, the power users would show up in droves to buy it.

  • Dave Kephart

    I am amazed that no comments make reference to trackballs. I am an audio engineer who has consistently used a trackball for nearly 20 years, and I have yet to see a device that is more ergonomic and efficient. My Kensington Expert Mouse trackball sits on my desk and does not move, no need to. With a flick of the large (nearly the size of a cue ball) ball, I can send the cursor anywhere on the screen, and with a scroll ring around the ball, I can scroll easily and precisely. I notice that most people who work in my industry (or in graphics) seem to use trackballs as well. Nearly everyone I demonstrate my trackball to is impressed with the ease of use and accuracy of the interface, and are often confused and irritated that this option was (is) not brought to their attention.

    • Graham

      At last, someone else that uses trackballs. I have the same Kensington Expert Mouse Trackball and have been using only trackballs since the early 80s, it’s been around since way before the mouse. I wouldn’t use a mouse if I was paid to do so. The trackball is faster, easier, much more accurate and less fatiguing to use than the mouse. Everyone that has had occasion to use it has asked where they can get one. I never have to even look for my trackball, it sits in the exact place I left it. The touchpad is an absolute abomination that the industry has foisted on the buyers because it probably saves them 15 cents.

  • sam

    You can’t do everything on a phone or a tablet, or even a laptop with a tiny screen.

    So….if I’m playing the guitar and recording through my pc, and I need to interact witht he software, I have to stop, attach something to my finger, use the computer for 2 seconds, then remove the thing from my finger?

    Stop being overdramatic. Will other pointing devices be developed for computers? Yes. Does that automatically meant that the mouse will disappear? No.

    PCs won’t go away either. Sometimes a full blown PC with expansion slots and a big display, and a REAL keyboard is needed.

    • Dsve

      Amen

  • XXX

    I would prefer to use a mouse and desktop rather then that or any type of phone or tablet type device. I’m relatively old at the age of 22 but I just can not see me using it without getting frustrated. Also it seems it might be a bit more difficult to use for people with arthritis.

  • Steve

    When I was introduced to computers in High School, in 1980, the keyboards were tiny and so was the memory capacity. Cassette tapes were the best high volume storage around. In short order the “Tech” industry sorted out that just because they could make something small didn’t mean they should. Humans have fat fingers.

    My suspicion is that this will go the same way. The venerable, great and powerful “mouse” will always have a place at our desks…with or without wires. I also suspect the “wireless” trends will slow as the security issues continue to grow. Real business saving, professional grade security will be provided by hardline access.

    But thats just IMHO…I keep a Smartphone with both touch and keypad. My touch-only experience was that the screens cannot tolerate an abusive or abrasive environment. Industrial/outdoor settings will need a keypad/board/mouse just due to pure physical requirements of operating in those environments.

  • http://www.kingsmills.us Daniel Bingamon

    I’m left-handed (very left-handed) and use a regular mouse without switch the buttons. Looks like this will not work for me.

  • http://none nathan

    Ever so often these so-called “tech” journalists decide to run a “the mouse is gone!!” articles. Seen about 500 of them in the last few years…. the mouse is not going anywhere for the masses.

  • Victoria

    I chuckle at the comments by others about everyone waving their hands around to direct their mouse. I saw an ad yesterday for an AT&T phone that can be answered by waving your hand over it. That brought similar pictures to mind. But then my over-active imagination went too far. I imagined that I would be setting up different hand gestures for different people. I, of course, can’t be bothered with the immense physical exertion required to pick up my phone to see who is calling, so instead I set up an intricate pattern of gestures that I can blindly perform over my phone, all the while not even looking at it. Periodically, I would yell out the word ‘hello’ to check if I had answered my phone.

    In the end, I am placed in an insane asylum because I look and sound like a lunatic ….. or ….. I wind up at the tail end of some horrible beating because my intricate hand gestures have said something intolerable to someone else.

    • Marlene

      Victoria: Loved your post! It’s always a delight to run across someone with your sense of humor. Laughed out loud and raised my endorphin level greatly. I wonder if this scenario might actually happen someday. Whoa, not going there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bud.smith.167189 Bud Smith

    I’m very happy with my touchpad.

  • No Hard Drive In Here

    Since all my computers from junior high until college didn’t really have a HARD DRIVE (TRS-80, Apple II and III up to Hewlett-Packard 3000 which was a minimainframe) and THEN I first encountered the PC (1986!) and had to learn to create a DOS SHELL…

    Oh yeah…I had a used 386 with Oregon Trail and a really fun version of Wheel Of Fortunes in DOS.

  • avlisk

    I’m an old guy, not tech savvy, waaaay behind the tech-curve, using a laptop for the last 8 years. I haven’t used a mouse in that long. With the 2, 3 and 4 finger wipes on the trackpad, I haven’t even used the up/down arrows in years, either.

    • No Hard Drive In Here

      I am, quite simply,an unqualified doofus with those darned pads. The cursor jerks about madly or not much at all and I figured there was a good reason CAD/CAM needed a good mouse, therefore me and my ham hands will never bother as long as I have a mouse to attach.

      I had a 286 with a dead hard drive and it’s mouse made it past 22 years!

  • Carolyn Mordecai

    I am an artist and do computer graphics for medical reports which has to be exacting. Will always prefer a mouse. I love my mouse. :)

  • James Silverton

    I just tried waving my hand to simulate moving a 3-d mouse but I found that fatigue was quickly apparent, especially if trying to make accurate cursor moves. I use a wireless mouse but I find a wrist rest almost essential.

  • Michael

    You are right about wireless devices compromising security. But what about the “security” of the very cells that make up our bodies being irradiated unecessarily by devices that should have had wires on them. I have noticed that those exposed to microwaves a lot are scatterbrained.

    • No Hard Drive In Here

      It’s not using infrared? If that makes you scatterbrained does it explain why relatively little TV programming seems intelligent? :)

      I thought I wasn’t buying a phone because I was BROKE! Seriously, they’re only that way from detachment from their environment.

  • Renee

    Touchscreens are certainly intuitive, but with bigger screens I don’t like the big hand movements needed to navigate – think Minority Report! I don’t have the strength or stamina to wave my arms around all day to get my work done! A mouse is MUCH more efficient and friendly from that standpoint. Touch pads are fine but some laptops I’ve used have such poor sensitivity they are frustrating.

  • Topaz

    I’m an old retired guy who taught myself about computers when DOS 3.1 was the latest thing on the block. I’ve progressed up to using my Desktop computer hooked to my Hi-Def Samsung Tv. I use a Logitech Laser Mouse and Keyboard and that is all I need now or for the future. I don’t have Smartphones and only have a Tracphone for emergency using when driving. I guess progress is fine if you have a use for it but sure hope I don’t ever have to buy a Laptop computer because A Desktop is easier to work with for my purposes.

  • alurlyrx

    This is the same type of baloney that was put out when Accutron digital watches came out. Analog watches ruled until cell phones took their place. Hardly anyone wears a watch anymore.

    When the mouse goes extinct, it won’t because touch of touch screens. It will because of something entirely new. Enjoy your mouse.

  • James Harris

    It’s a mouse stuck on your finger.

  • Clem

    I’ve always wondered if an alternative to the mouse might be created that makes use of thumbs and avoid moving my hand to the mouse…say, some thin, flat 3×2-ish inch surface sitting at or attached to the bottom edge of my bluetooth keyboard at mid-line. Single point touch to move the cursor, left thumb touch & right thumb swipes for multi-directional scroll, single point double tap to zoom in and zoom back out, left thumb touch with right thumb double tap-and-hold then swipe to highlight, etc., etc.

    C’mon makers! I’d be happy to be a taker for something like that.

  • randal batty

    This looks like a useless piece of junk if you have to use very precise programs like Visio.

  • mimi

    The mouse is a great design. They will still be around when we get AI.

  • Jerry

    Buncha damned kids on here….I’ve got email accounts older than most of you. They’ll take my mouse when they pry it from my cold, dead hands…….. <:0)

  • Gornde

    Nope, not extinct. I have 3 of them.

  • Ebo

    Every time a new technology emerges and starts to take market share away from an older technology, it is predicted to be the older technology’s demise. The notebook (laptop) was destined to kill off desktops, tablets and smart phones were destined to kill off desktops and notebooks, etc.

    I don’t think the market only has room for one technology. It is diversifying, not turning upside-down. Notebooks tend to have a good deal more power than tablets for better graphics rendering, better sound (particularly if there is a subwoofer involved), better gaming, precision pointing with a trackpad, multicore processing, more storage capacity, more memory, more expandability, and the availability of an optical drive. And the trusty, ol’ desktop remains very much at home in the office environment, and as the backbone of a home network. Whereas notebooks average 3-5 years lifespan, desktops usually exceed five years, and possibly ten before a motherboard failure tolls the bell, and a replacement makes more sense than a repair.

    There has been ongoing disagreement as to which pointing technology is the best. A lot of people favor trackballs; I can’t stand them (only thing I like less is the trackpoint). Even amongst notebook users, some of whose machines now come with touch screens, it is my understanding that neither the touch screen nor the trackpad have kept users from purchasing a wireless mouse.

    I predict this new, 3D mouse may take some market share away from the traditional mouse. But it won’t come close to killing off traditional mice; I’d be surprised if it overtakes the trackball.

  • Matt

    I went back to using a desktop after years of using laptops. I tried both trackpads and trackpoints, but a full-size regular (optical) mouse with a pad underneath it can’t be beat.

  • Mike

    For precision work not involving illustration (which uses a tablet and pen), the mouse is the best game in town and BILLIONS of humans know how to use it!
    It will still be used by those who want to move a object very, very precisely on screen. Those working in 3D and 2D like architectural drafting, graphic design, typesetting, typeface designers, etc.

  • jack

    Oh man, this will kill anybody with RSI’s.

  • JayCkat

    End of the mouse? I believe that is premature for the same reason my wireless mouse and keyboard is sitting in a drawer and I am still using a tailed mouse and keyboard.

    Power. Wireless take up a lot of power so such so that the batteries don’t last long. Could be solve by having USB recharges…but won’t that defeat the whole tailless mouse idea.

  • Kristopher

    Trackpads and touchscreens and the waving of hands in the air are all well and good for people who like them. There’s no reason, however, for the mouse to ever go away. It’s 10 times more functional for most uses, and doesn’t leave fingerprints all over your screen.

  • J.

    This sounds very much like the argument made back in the ’80s about VCR’s: people will opt for the new tech because of sheer convenience.

    Similar to the movie theatre, the mouse represents the need for a very human interaction in association with modern technology. The mouse ‘feels right’ in my hands.

    • JaiGuru

      This is actually a VERY common problem in the world of design. Designer forget about the “human” component with frightening regularity. There are some things we will always do the “hard” or less efficient way simply because it appeals to our nature. This is the story of the video phone that everyone in the 80′s thought was just around the corner and would revolutionize how we communicate over long distances. With skype and the near ubiquitous web cam, we now have that technology and largely without the burden of a service fee beyond our ISP costs. Never the less, very few people use video calls on skype as their primary means of communication. One person who I sincerely wish I could attribute this quote to once said “no one wants to get dressed to answer the phone”. Video calls are superior to voice messages in almost every way. But they don’t take the “human” factor into account and thus, they are not the prevailing method of handling communications.

  • Li Tai Fang

    I’ll give you my mouse when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!

  • Darto

    For the record I just bought a portable and it was a 17″ laptop. Small screens are for trendy folks who want to do simple tasks. Instead of a hobbyist or professional who actually wants to accomplish something. For instance read several different web pages on an interesting subject.

    I need a large laptop with its mouse, and a small mobile device as a backup. Like buying a bicycle or scooter to compliment the family automobile.

  • MousieMoose

    This is the funniest thread I’ve read in a long time… FINALLY the real computer users came to the defense of working (i.e. getting something accomplished) in an organized, realistic environment.

  • jay

    Anyone who tries to take my mouse away should be prepared to lose a finger or two…lol

    • Juiced

      Lol, to heck with a finger or two. People who try to mess with whatever equipment I’m working on are bound to lose an arm (or two if the reach out both of them.) And if you were trying to take away my mouse, I’d expend the extra effort to turn around and beat you with them. Trackballs, touch pads, touch screens, etc, I’ve used a lot of input tech over the years, but I have not found anything as convenient as a mouse that can cross multiple OS’s, programs, and tasks.

  • Joe

    Another pie in the sky story about some future that may never come. The mouse much like the PC is not going anywhere anytime soon. Smartphones are arguably just different sized pcs under a new name.

  • Aaron

    The article incorrectly states that Logitech released the first wireless mouse in 1984, FAIL.

  • Kierra

    This device is useless for people who suffer from tremors.

  • The Yakima Kid

    I’m not giving up my mouse with the trackball. Those little laptop touch pads play havoc on the wrist, and touch screens are a great way to wind up with gorilla arm.

    Eight hours of the touch pad, or eight hours of touch screen at the workstation can be really painful.

  • Rodrigo

    This is awesome but the title is totally absurd.

    As long as the GAME PC industry exist, mouse wont be dead for a long time.
    Think before posting a title… and so many fail facts in the text. too much wikipedia research on this one.

    By the way, I would love to try this mouse AT WORK.
    Regards.

  • Peter Belew

    Here’s a bit about Logitech mouse (and other device) history, starting with their 1982 P4 mouse.

    http://www.logitech.com/lang/pdf/logitech_most_important_products.pdf

    I first encountered the P4 mouse at a Computer Faire in San Francisco. Logitech’s first president, Pierluigi Zappacosta, was demonstrating the P4 at a small table in a side aisle where small companies demonstrated their products. I looked him up at the company’s US headquarters, some offices over the Palo Alto Bike Shop on University Avenue, and was given a poster with the caption “Who’s afraid of a Logi-Mouse?”. At the time, Logitech’s main manufacturing was still in a farmhouse in Apples, Switzerland. And another Logitech partner, Giacomo Marini, was consulting for my employer, Olivetti Advanced Technology Center, in Cupertino, California.

    I was already familiar with mice, having had friends working for Doug Engelbart and Bill English at SRI, and having worked a few years at Xerox PARC, which was using mice built by a small company in Berkeley, as well as doing ergonomic testing comparing mice, trackballs, and joysticks. By 1985, Olivetti was manufacturing its M24 computer, which came with a mouse made by Logitech. This computer was sold in the US by AT&T, with its own paint scheme and model name, 6300.

  • Ned Ruffin III

    I am curious in the installation of software how practical and functional would this be?

  • Richard Nichols

    Please, please give me my desktop computer with my 24″ screen and my wireless mouse. I also use a mouse with my laptop when on trips. Works great, why change? The only input device I ever considered was a trackball, which I never got serious about. Oh yes, I did retire from IBM some years ago and I even hated the little “pencil eraser” thingy IBM put on their laptops. I build my own computers and still love XP. And I am 78 years old.

    • Scott Gordon

      Young man, Get a track ball, you will not regret it. The only thing that moves is your fingers. I have been using a trackball for about 12+ years. requires less room to operate in and low maintenance. I too have been building and repairing computers before they became mainstream for home use. My father in-law and I ran a BBS in chicago in the 80s ” BUMTOWN BBS” mainly for HAM radio Operators. We started tinkering with the 8088/8086 ibms, Commadore64, the VX/TX/MX boards were fun. We Really do live in the best of times when we used to live wiythout all this fancy machines and watching them just get better and better. .

      • Dan Neely

        High DPI mice need very little room to use compared to conventional 300 DPI models. I’m using a Razer mouse in 1800DPI mode and can span my 3 monitor 4640 pixel wide desktop with just a wrist pivot while keeping my forearm stationary and can still get one pixel precision when needed.

        The main thing I’d suggest is getting a mouse with adjust able DPI and ramping it up gradually. The increased responsiveness requires a learning curve; and an abrupt increase of 5 or 10x for fast movements is jarring. Now however I find using standard mice painfully slow even if the screen area is small enough I’m not constantly picking it up and setting it down on the other side.

        It’s also worth a fresh try if you did so years ago but weren’t happy with the results then. I’m not sure if the change was in the mouse hardware or the OS; but my current mouse and Win7 do a much better job of varying the cursor response rate based on how fast I’m moving the mouse than the mice I tried with XP a decade ago do.

      • Mike Farren

        Some people (I am one) find a trackball to be nearly unusable, and certainly far less precise than a mouse. Not saying trackballs are bad, exactly – just that, for me and many others, not as good as a mouse.

    • rumorasit

      I absolutely detest laptop touch pads. I don’t know who thought that was a good idea but he should have been fired. It’s almost as if someone came up with quick fix for laptops to tout their portability and being self-contained. If that’s the best they could come up with… … …

      • JaiGuru

        Eh…I actually find the touch pad to be an occasionally useful ADDON to my mouse. Once in a while in a game or photo editor it’s easier to put my left thumb down there while I use a hotkey combination. As a primary interface device it’s terrible but I’d be nominally less effective without it in combination with my laser mouse.

  • Bob

    The needs of individuals for different methods of input will dictate the hardware and software they use (one size does not fit all). As a person with a disability I will continue to use the methods that suit me best.

    That is the magic of the Windows type systems and all the different variations that spring from them. I use Vista and Chrome and my wired mouse to best navigate NOW online. I also use Open Office, a refurbished Dell Computer laptop….I have a wireless mouse but the excessive battery use and tendency to fall to the floor from my recliner tend to have me use the wired optical mouse.
    “I’ll give you my mouse when you pry it from my cold, dead hands!”

  • Dellman

    Any solution that’s going to displace the mouse will have to improve on the following advantages of the mouse:

    Precision and speed
    - the mouse, stabilized by contact with a desk, provides precise x-y input across wide dynamic range
    - hands are evolved to quickly translate thought into action in 2 or 3 dimensions.
    Minimal context switching costs (after first time initiation)
    – mouse user doesn’t have to put something on / take
    – mouse user doesn’t have to power something on/ turn it off

  • FatEddy

    Having been involved since the inception of micro computers and before. I’ve seen and witnessed a lot. One of the biggies was the replacement of the mainframe by the micro. Didn’t happen. Both got bigger, better and faster. Each had it’s place. The micro pretty much replaced the typewriter and teletype machine and added some functionality and memory. The mainframe went on to bigger and better (faster) things. What wins in the end is what turns out to be the most practicle. A good example is the mouse. Xerox came out with the CAT (Capacitively Actived Transducer), which was quickly replaced by the mouse (I have no idea where the name actually came from, a lot of theories, but nothing definitive). But he CAT is still with us today, the touchpad on your laptop. Where we are going, I have no idea, but am enthusiastically awaiting. One thing for certain, if you want to see true advancement in home/small business computing, fire Bill Gates.

    • K.V.

      I think the CAT ate the mouse.

    • Brian Hulstrom

      fire him from what ?? he isnt the boss of anything . he retired years ago.

  • Scott Gordon

    Isn’t the smartphone and tablets both touch screens needing no mouse?

    This Mycestro is nothing special and is based on the many 3d finger mouses that came before it that you can find on the internet for 10 dollars.

    everytime I see a business oversimplifying and revamping old products I remember a phrase I once heard and it goes like this “at what point does technology outpace it’s usefulness?”

    Selling tablets with keyboards? can you say 10″ laptop?

    Why must I have every gadget and app? My life is full enough without having to waste any of it playing a game or stupid piano whenever i have a free second.

    people today are too consumed in what the next best thing they can get their hands on. instead of enjoying life with friends and family FACE TO FACE no Texting no emails or video chat. Whnen I have family over for dinner on thanksgiving and Christmas I tell them Shut off the phones or go back home.

    Quit trying to keep up with the jones and maybe have dinner with them instead…..

    • Bill

      Well said, my good man. Very well said, indeed.

    • Marlene

      Bravo! I couldn’t agree more.

    • Reality_Is_Challenging

      The primary reason I don’t hang out face-to-face with most people anymore is that they’re condescending, pompous ASSHOLES like you, people who think they know everything but don’t, people who, in fact, are BORING!! Have you noticed that people avoid you like the plague? That’s probably why. They say that being stupid and being dead are remarkably similar: you (the stupid / dead person) can’t evaluate your state, but it’s obvious as hell to everyone else. Take your opinions where they’re wanted … inside your head. No one else cares.

      • BadOPCode

        I care. Scott sounds like a nice guy. Just has some standing rules for visiting his house for the holidays. That is fair.
        You on the other hand sound like a person suffering from hypertension. Seriously. We are just talking about little gizmos, not religious artifacts. You can live not using them for a couple of hours and most importantly … the god of gizmos isn’t going to rain fire down upon our heads because we didn’t answer a text message or email. Nor is the gizmo god going to doing anything to Scott over his blasphemous message.
        You would have a lot more friends IRL if you would just relax a little and stop attacking people that aren’t threatening you.

      • SolDeus

        So much anger and hate.

        It is you that is acting like a pompous bag. I would bet that you not being around other people has much more to do with your personality. You are probably just terrible to be around.

      • Mantismech

        Please keep your comments civil! Why so much anger? Are you like this everyday?

    • merlin1981

      ludite

      • JaiGuru

        Nice $5.00 word there. Even more telling that you offered no facts to support your claim.

    • Archies_Boy

      Thank you! How PATHETIC it is to walk down the street, or through a store, or a college campus path and see droves of people looking down staring at a tiny little screen, their thumbs whirring around frantically, enslaved to some stupid meaningless app. And then bumping into a telephone pole, street lamp, another person doing the same thing coming from the other direction…

      • Dan Taylor

        I call them smartphone zombies. Where I work personal phones are not allowed in office so you see the zombies, standing outside rain or shine through lunch and other breaks, mindlessly poking their tiny, colorful boxes.

    • Palaniappan Rajaram

      Technology is quite similar to evolution. People have to keep trying various things, often repetitive with only minor improvements or modifications, for that 1, or a very few, which become the next big thing.

      Tablets are great but often I’m left craving for those simple buttons (or their equivalents) such as Esc,shift-lock, back-arrow. So, if someone sells a membrane keyboard, it is marrying the best of both worlds. Tablets have focused on mobility but they still lack the convenience that a laptop or a desktop offers. That gap is yet to be robustly bridged.

      That said, I’m in complete agreement with your view on needing every gadget/app or being tied to the devices 24×7. Most of these smartphones, though they have their place in increasing productivity, often give the user an illusion of being very productive but end up helping you waste your time in ways never imagined before.

      • JaiGuru

        Technology IS similar to evolution in that forced “innovation” more often leads to cancer than anything of use. The mouse is the best solution for most dedicated console uses. There are other peripheral technologies that can be of use in niche ways such as the touch screen for mobile platforms, but that in n o way replaces the utility of a mouse.

    • tzvikf

      Nice. I never worry about bringing a mouse to a coffee shop because I don’t own a laptop, ipad, or iphone. I keep my desktop with its real keyboard and mouse at home where they belong.

      PS – and when I travel, I use a real foldout paper map; it is much more detailed than any GPS.

    • Sean Adam Flaherty

      you are a grumpy old man. if people wanted to talk to you they would, they would just rather talk to the people they are texting with instead of you, prob cos you are a grumpy old man.

      why dont you walk everywhere instead of driving, and give up all products that have been shipped in anyway if youre such a luddite… these new fangled horseless carriages really take the enjoyment out of being forced to walk everywhere!

    • JewelChick

      I honestly haven’t yet seen the need for a tablet. It can’t do what I use a computer for, so why bother?

      • Dan Taylor

        I use my tablet to sit back in easy chair and read emails or news stories. It’s definitely not for doing any significant typing, that’s what the desktop is for.

        • Tom Hayes

          I teach and use my tablet more as a means to keep notes for my lessons.

    • [email protected]

      But I want my iPhone… and look how cool I look on my iPad and look at me now, I’m listening to an iTune. SJobs was a narcisist of the highest order, and his masterpiece was ‘i’.

  • Rick

    Come on it’s just a extended add, you can buy it or not, who cares besides the company that makes it. For you grammar nuts when half the fools on here are using initials to replace words the English language will disappear soon also.

  • Bill

    I find it surprising that voice activation has not yet been perfected.

    • JaiGuru

      Voice recognition software is still in its infancy despite exciting progress being made in recent years. I am not a gambling man but I would bet you Gates’ fortune that we’ll one day see a version of Windows or other competing OS that is no longer a desktop, but a digital assistant. It will function like a secretary on our screens and we’ll talk to it. Instead of sitting down at the desk to read the morning news and check your email, you’ll ask your D.A. to read the articles to you while you prepare the coffee and scramble the eggs. If your tech department has sent you an important question, you’ll dictate your response and it’ll write and e-mail it for you. The D.A. will surf the web at your command, fetching google results and filtering web pages to your preferences. It will be highly customizable, able to have different personality “modules” put in place that give it behavioral quirks that suit your preferences. You will be able to alter it’s appearance to be male or female and have facial features you prefer. Different voices will be possible. You will interact with the computer with the ease of utility and access that you do with an employee.

  • Marlene

    So Nick, when is the left-handed version of Mycestro coming out? Surely the 10% of us who are left-handed will not be left to “adapt?” I’ve been adapting all of my life, and I still tend to turn the key the wrong way in the lock, among other things.

    I was hesitant to start reading the comments thinking they would be from the “if it’s newer, it’s got to be better, and I’ve got to have it” crowd. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and saneness of the comments. Thank You and Long Live The Mouse!

    • tzvikf

      Viva le mouse!

    • Sherri McKee

      Hear Hear! I’m frustrated enough with a keyboard designed for the right-handed. Those made for us left-handed are super pricey and tough to find. Touch-pads only infuriate me more. The mouse , corded or not, is consistently functional. For me. That is huge. It seems curious, here in the 21st century that products cannot be devised to be used by both the right-handed and left-handed.

      Gadgets are just that- faddish and destined to fall by they wayside. The things that stand the test of time do so for a reason: They work.

    • ravenwings

      I am not left handed but use my mouse left handed do to a permanent shoulder injury. Took me a long time to learn to do so left handed. So these people who design things need to learn there are a lot that can not work their right hands. How about those that have lost a hand? As my friend she shakes so bad she must use both hands on a ball style mouse. What are they trying to do. Send the use of computers the way of the horse buggy?

  • goodtec

    Why say the mouse is dead or gone??? It’s been “microsized” not deleted.

  • Shirley Carr

    You take away my wireless mouse, I am useless computer-wise. Arthritis and large deposits of calcium skews with the use of arms and shoulders for waving to give a command. You built it, I came; you take it away, I am useless. Please leave my non broken mouse/cursor control alone. Hey, advertisers, are you listening. Without my mouse, I will not be purchasing from you anymore.

  • William H.

    I started using the gestures trackpad on my MacBook Pro Retina. Now, when I move to one of my older Mac’s, I find the mouse so limiting. Personally, I think the gestures interface is really nice. Unfortunately, it forces me to cut my fingernails more often, because long nails get in the way of certain gestures – but other than that, I won’t even use my wireless keyboard with my MacBook Pro Retina anymore because then I have to use a mouse. :-)

    • William H.

      Oh yeah. I looked through ALL the posts, and the Apple gestures trackpad interface has not been mentioned. Gestures are really slick; it took me less than 1/2 hour to get the hang of the gestures I use 90% of the time – a simple video showing some of the frequently used gestures: http://movies.apple.com/media/us/mac/macosx/2011/tours/apple-macosx-lion-gestures-and-animations-us-20110606_r848-9cie.mov

      • Dan Lineaweaver

        I use all of the above. I love the gestures trackpad on the MacBook, but when I’m connected to my Thunderbolt monitor (and therefore at my desk with all of my toys) I prefer the Apple Magic Mouse as my primary interface and the larger, external Apple Trackpad for when I really want/need advanced gestures that I can’t do (as easily, anyhow) on my Magic Mouse. Also like sketchpads, etc. The traditional mouse if the THE most accurate tool though, when I need to work with very fine points, or require pure speed combined with high accuracy.

  • Robert

    Good luck outshooting me in counter strike

  • Jerry

    Not too exciting for me. I, along with thousands of others am suffering with increasing effects of Essential tremor. Something like that, attached to the tip of a trembling finger or hand would make what is becoming an ever more difficult task nearly impossible and frustrating. I guess it will be great for those with steady hands, and it would be a wonderful option, but if it becomes the only way to work my way through things on the screen, I’m done.

  • jeffhre

    Isn’t Mycestro a mouse on the users finger? I’m using a mouse now only because I don’t have a touchscreen to go with the windows 8 on my machine. With Win8 and Dragon why would anyone need to strap something to their finger?

    MacOS using touch screens, gestures, siri is a strap on mouse moving forward?

    Mycestro could be an answer that is ten years too late, N’est-ce pas?

  • no neim

    NO! Touch screen is bullshit. Maybe for cell phones are okay but not computers! Do we really want greasy screens and being 5 inches from the monitor at all time? The mouse should never go away; it’s one of the best inventions for computers. Nothing is more functional than a mouse.

    • T Michel Jmb Vianney

      did you watch the video? it’s not touch screen…

    • bob

      Did you see the video–it does not require you touching anything….

    • JaiGuru

      Just remember this tech when you’re out in public in a not so distant future where computer terminals are more common in public than they are now. All those foul people scratching their asses and picking their nose, coughing and sneezing…then touching the public screen to find out where the cinnabon is.

      That’s right.

    • JoeMiller

      Completely agree. I don’t even own a laptop anymore–Big fan of my desktop, and I’ll be purchasing another desktop in 2014. Do they really think I’d use a laptop for gaming? That’s laughable.

  • yeah right

    This article is a joke. The idea is nice and the “mouse of the future” certainly has it’s place but it won’t entire replace a regular mouse. Personally I think it is a lot more viable to have the recognition software that watches your hand… no hardware needed other than the cam and when you need to use the restroom you don’t have to unclip or slide something off. I’ve already seen the technology at my local staples.

  • Mike – IT programmer

    Nice idea but it lacks the Hyperscrolling on my Logitech mouse. I will never buy another mouse (or other replacement device) unless it can quickly scroll through a large document or long web page. My productivity has been dramatically boosted by the free flow scroll wheel on my mouse and would never give that up unless there is something that can do the equivalent.
    Also, I recently upgraded to a gaming mouse with Hyperscroll. I do not have much time for gaming but I like the idea that I can program macro commands for the side mouse buttons which will be another productivity booster.

  • Patzilla

    What will graphic designers do with a mouse – file their fingernails to a point for their exacting work?

  • Sam Mech

    Sorry to say, this article has a rather ridiculous premise and almost seems like an ad. A standard mouse is *far* more precise. Mice are also so much more comfortable than a touchpad that I will bring one to meetings from office if IT does not supply. The item described has been available in similar form and function though not quite as nice a housing for YEARS on eBay from Hong Kong. The idea of finger mice is old tech.

  • Mr Pheer

    You can easily tell that the people writing these articles are not users of photo editing software, video editing software, animators, or anything else requiring very fine manipulation of pixels.

    • Mindy Sommers

      Hear hear!! *applause*

    • BangMyBangoPlz

      No, but I bet they make one heck of a Facebook post when they’re going out to dinner.

    • rumorasit

      I had the same thought. That device is not going to work for gaming for starters. Anyone that’s done any building on Second Life understands the kind of fine control needed that this device cannot deliver.

    • JaiGuru

      They don’t play video games either.

  • Leonard Pattaui

    i will try this one. how much does it cost? wished it’s cheaper, if not forget it.(got a windows8 with a 23″touch screen,regular wired/wireless mouse and a virtual keyboard w/mouse). this one is exciting! but the price? hoped it costs less than i expect! (also, consider ‘returns’ if not satisfied0.

  • Anonymous

    I play a lot of strategy games that require zooming the field of view in and out, namely Sins of a Solar Empire and Supreme Commander. I cannot do this at all with an infrared pad on a laptop, even though many are supposed to handle scrolling. So, I pack a small, (for now) wired mouse in my bag when I head to school. I’m studying to be a programmer, and the mouse is by far better for navigating to a specific point in a source file, while the infrared pad just seems clunky and slow. This product would likely be worse than the touchpad, depending on the software. Ergonomically, mice are simply better than touchpads. I’ll likely be using a mouse until we get a true human-machine interface.

  • Shane

    “in 2004 the company released the first laser mouse.” For a tech page, you certainly don’t do quality research. The first optical (aka “laser”) mice came out in the 80′s. A link for your education: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_mouse. My old two disk DOS machine used one.

    • rewndude1

      Optical mice and laser mice are not the same thing http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-10166_7-6419059-1.html learn before you post! In fact, on the very same wikipedia page you posted it explains the difference. ” The laser mouse uses an infrared laser diode instead of a LED to illuminate the surface beneath their sensor. As early as 1998, Sun Microsystems provided a laser mouse with their Sun SPARCstation servers and workstations.[12] However, laser mice did not enter the mainstream market until 2004, when Paul Machin at Logitech, in partnership with Avago Technologies (formerly Agilent Technologies), introduced its MX 1000 laser mouse.”
      Source from “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_mouse”

    • Dan Lineaweaver

      Optical mice and laser mice are not the same thing.

  • kenneth catron

    No more Mouse? I thought you came up with eye control or something futuristic. You made a finger mouse, that’s all. A better buggy whip, per say. It won’t work for everyone as you see in the comments. You will sell a few to tech junkies but you haven’t solved the touchless control issue….but keep trying, someone will always be buying.

  • Willow

    It may be extinct, but until you get America’s major corporations to use the replacement and give it to their workers free along with their computers, then it is still viable.

  • Karen Menard

    I like mice. They make such a nice noise when you throw them at the wall, especially now that you can replace just the wireless mouse, not the keyboard & USB device, too. And of course, how funny would it have been for Scotty to say “Computer?” into a what now looks like a knuckle bandage? I think this version should go the way of ergonomic keyboards, the ball mouse, artificial intelligence and Zip drives. Good ideas all, but not practical for the masses. And, while I’m rolling, I think whoever decided to clutter up the desk with a pc was short-sighted. Why can’t we have terminal stands back? They were great for leaning back in your chair and putting the keyboard in your lap.

    • K.V.

      “I like mice. They make such a nice noise when you throw them at the wall”
      Just don’t throw live mice at the wall. That would be animal cruelty. <:3 )~ <:3 )~

  • Ohsure

    I wouldn’t use it. I can already see that there will be cases of muscle strain across the top of your hand due to the constant curling of the fingers. It is not going to work well. Was this run by places like your state’s workers compensation agency to see if it may cause further and/or additional types of repetitive use injuries?

  • Michael

    so when you’re typing, the cursor will be jumping all over the screen cause its attached to your finger. bet they haven’t figured that out yet.

  • Floridacoastdude

    I disagree with this article. What one tends to forget is that all new “trendy, I got to have it now” crap pretty much goes to the Millenniums or those who are tech savvy. the majority of business professionals over 40 (and I see plenty of them in my line of work) still have lap tops, not tablets) and office workers still use the mouse on their computers. I still do with my home machine. The writer of the article is just trying to get a rise and hits on his read. I do admit that work stations and desktop computers are taking a huge hit in sales and those mostly use the mouse even with Window 8 loaded. With desktops giving way to tablets and laptops, the writer has a small but valid point in this regard. Even with my laptop and it’s touch roller pad, I still plug in a wireless mouse as it makes it easier to use for work.

  • Theron Heideman

    I use a 20 button gaming mouse.

  • dangerousfreedom

    I am handicapped and my fingers are very clumsy. I have to sit back in a special chair about 4 feet from my computer screen and keep my mouse on a stand off the arm. No way I use touchscreen. And I am sure I am not the only person that uses a computer this way.

  • Jeff Bloomer

    I’m surprised that they didn’t mention LeapMotion: https://www.leapmotion.com/

  • tstucker

    Voice recognition still sucks. Touch screens get filthy and constantly have to be cleaned I don’t want to have to be constantly reaching for a monitor. The stupid little touchpad on the laptop irritates me to the Point of wanting throw my laptop. Maybe the mouse will give way to something better someday, but today is not the day.

  • Christopher Camacho

    2004? I had a Logitech laser mouse years before 2004 – I bought it in 2000. What happened to basic fact-checking?

  • K.V.

    Of course, this will also mean that we can no longer play that office prank: screaming “THERE’S A MOUSE ON MY DESK!” and then pointing to- guess what?

  • http://www.facebook.com/scott.karbiner Scott Karbiner

    This is as stupid an article as the ones about how the computer is dying out. Yes, as those people who only post on facebook move to tablets there will be fewer computers and fewer mice, but people who actually work on the computer will continue to buy computers and mice. That will continue to be a rather big market.

  • Valerie Emery

    I HATE the ‘touch’ screen. More often than not, I accidentally ‘touch’ it and all hell breaks loose.

  • rgeiken

    I have 2 computers and 2 Android Tablets and all of them have mice and keyboards. A lot of people when they get a computer with a touch pad will buy a mouse to supplement that. I agree with some of the other posters that people that make that comment do not use a mouse regularly in their course of the day. I do use my fingers occasionally on my tablets if for the moment that is more convenient, but would not consider not having a mouse when I want it. My finger is not really as sensitive a pointer as a mouse. Also when using my finger on the tablet screen, I get lots of false actuations since I inadvertently touch the screen. If you are using the tablets in a portable mode away from mice and keyboards, that is the time to do the screen touching. I use the mouse extensively when I am scanning though a page with lots of information and or postings by users. With my Android Tablet, some of the pages allow scanning by the mouse wheel and many do not. Hopefully they will all start doing that, because some day in the not too distant future, a lot of people may decide to buy a tablet, and they very likely could be using it with a mouse and keyboard and the center wheel of the mouse makes it much easier to get around a document.

  • Gary464

    Did anyone else find it funny that this “announcement” was backed with 18th century music? Vivaldi wasn’t it? Such nonsense. Okay, it looks interesting, but useless unless you just have to have the “latest” thing. I don’t, since I’m doing fine with my little ol’ wired mouse. Of course, I still have a mobile phone that is a phone and not a computer. Envy? Sure, but I’m not rich enough to go for taking my computer with me in my pocket. And, thank goodness I haven’t needed it either. The joys of being retired!!

  • nonotrush

    Stupid people do stupid things… Don’t ask me to follow though. Only thing better then a mouse, is a better mouse.

  • Rod Venger

    Not. It used to be that when I needed…or just wanted…and new computer, I ordered parts from Newegg and just built a new one. At one point I had 2 desktops and 5 blades, all running SETI. Times change and desktops are power hungry hogs, so now I use a laptop…with a Logitech wireless mouse. Having a touchpad slightly left of center isn’t convenient for anyone that’s right handed and they are far less accurate than a mouse too. My touchpad is shut off except when the mouse battery has died and is on the charger. I have no problems with using a mouse in a restaurant, hotel lobby, hospital waiting room or anywhere else. A mouseless future may be in the cards for some people, and that’s fine. It’s not in the cards for me. Voice commands? It’s bad enough having people walking around stores seemingly talking to themselves via an earpiece. I’m not going to be talking to my computer…ever. Logging in to sites…or your bank…would be fun, huh? Besides the bank, you can tell EVERYONE within earshot what your login and password is!

  • Mark French

    It *must* be brilliant with that symphonic background music. Not. Have to keep taking it off and charging it, wonderful. How much juice can the dinky batteries in that tiny thing hold? What if I have broken finger? What if my fingers are just kind of shaky because I’m getting older? Just another so-called invention that isn’t better, it’s just different.

  • dragos111

    What a crock. You always here about the death of the PC, the death of the mouse, no more keyboards, etc. Sure tablets have touch screens. Sure there are other things that can achieve the same results. But, I sure would not want to write a novel on a tablet. There are times where you want a HUGE screen, not a 10 inch iPad screen. There are times where you want a keyboard or a mouse.
    New products come and go, but they do not spell “doom” for the PC.

  • USSA

    Kind of like it but my mouse has 8 buttons + a scroll.. all of which I use. It would actually be a downgrade.

  • Dannie

    Not for those who play online MMORPGs

  • Antoine

    I see this is on his right finger. I take it he is right handed. But what about the Lefties? How does this work for them. I saw nothing about that.

  • Timothy Bragg

    Unless your using a desk top computer, the mouse is pretty much extinct.

    • BangMyBangoPlz

      Oh, so only hundreds of millions of people then.

  • Shotgun John Spurlock

    Another “Expert Opinion”… what a joke.
    I’ve been a computer tech for over 20 years.
    Trust me, the mouse isn’t going away anytime soon.
    Toush screen lack the precision accuracy people need.

  • deerflyguy

    Please – Please – Please!
    NEVER get rid of the mouse!
    I have “essential tremors”, physically uncontrollable shaking, usually in the fingers and hands, and as such, cannot use Windows 8, or finger touch computer controls! Using a conventional mouse is the only way that I can utilize my computer!
    NEVER build a computer that doesn’t allow for the use of a conventional mouse, or at least allow for choice within the system!

  • http://politicalalchemist.wordpress.com/ Noonien_Soong

    If you like your mouse, use it then keep in mind, your keyboard shortcuts should not be abandoned. These are to be thee trusted instruments.

  • theelviscerator

    its a wireless mouse, nothing more. and I wont use it, looks gay actually.

  • Cate Williams

    NOOOO, mouse don’t go!!! I hate touch screens! They are overrated. I hate having to touch the screen with my fingers. It seems that when I touch the screen for what I’m looking for something else gets selected. It ticks me off! I prefer a mouse. I have more control with the mouse pointer, and I get to where I need to go. Unlike with the touch screen! Also, you always have to clean the screen, and they carry germs! YUCK

  • TwigaBob

    “People got so used to the multi-touch trackpads on their laptops that they are now using them for their desktops.” Really? How many desktops/towers have touchpad or peripherals with touchpads? I’ve been a software developer in large and small shops since pre-PC, pre-CPM and have yet to see a single person using a d/t with touchpad or a single person using a touchpad if a working mouse or trackball is available. I’m in an all-laptop office now and each has big screen, keyboard, and mouse or trackball and each has a touchpad. The pads are NEVER used (well, I’ll wake up mine by swiping the pad sometimes).
    Yes, there will be advances and maybe disruptive pointing technology. No, it’s not there yet.

    • The Cappy

      Well, in my office, there are 4 desktops and 2 use track pads. The people who have MacBooks have gotten used to the trackpad gestures and like using them when the things are attached to monitors and keyboards and used like a desktop. There’s more gestural eloquence with the trackpad. The mouse has other advantages. Right clicking and middle-mouse-button clicking are harder and impossible respectively with the trackpad. But almost everything else is better with a trackpad, if that’s what you’re comfortable with. For gaming, it’s usually a mouse that’s best.

  • Natalie P

    If you are looking for funding for a new product and create a video advertising it, couldn’t you at least put something else on than a sloppy fitting t-shirt?

    • JaiGuru

      It should have simply been called “Maestro”. I realize there may be copyright issues but that old Tom Hanks movie, That Thing You Do, comes to mind here. The band he was representing called themselves the Oneders (Wonders) and everyone kept calling them the “Oh knee ders”. This is an example of poor branding and cause for concern because if this guy cannot even b bothered to present himself professionally as you’ve stated and has no concept of why his spelling of the word is an exceptional example of bad branding, then I have little reason to think his business acumen is reliable enough to bring this project to meaningful fruition.

  • Justin Curtright

    I can’t believe people actually get paid to write shit like this. New fad? It’s the future I tell you! I am so glad idiots like this don’t actually know what they are talking about because if that were true, we would still be stuck with Limp Bizkits and Korns as “the future of metal” as all the music magazines back in the day proclaimed.

  • Pat

    Mice will never go away until all the dinosaurs like me are dead. My trackpad is always turned off.

  • mastice

    I can certainly understand why the author is making the argument that the mouse is nearly dead. But I don’t see it leaving us any time soon. Too many folks, me included, would take a mouse any day of the week over any touch pads/screens. (note: the dismal sales performance of Win8 as a case in point – which is geared mainly towards touch screens) Yes mobility is the “next big thing” so to speak… tablets, smart phones, mouse-less devices …but don’t be too quick to write off the good old mouse.

  • Rev_Aggie_98

    Didn’t they also say we would be paperless by now?

    • Dls2k2

      Yep, and desktopless, spinning-harddriveless, keyboardless, etc. About the only prediction that has largely come true is the disappearance of floppy diskettes, although I still have a few hundred kicking around and an external USB drive for them if I need one.

  • seobro

    Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times.

  • Dls2k2

    Another ridiculous headline (OK, it’s just to get our attention, which it did), and no, the mouse is not going to go away.

  • GremmPaltakin

    Worst tech article of the year?

  • one4All

    Things evolve over time someday a Mouse will sprout wings and become a Bat another day it may crawl into the sea and become a Dolphin

  • diver0129

    Why would I want to attach something to my finger when I can just touch my mouse anytime I want to do something? I agree that this could have limited uses, but it hardly is a replacement for a mouse.

    • JaiGuru

      I don’t have much use for this, but I could see it being of limited value in industries like automotive repair where computers are increasingly necessary for daily work but hands are entirely too filthy or engaged in other tasks to make keyboard/mouse use a viable input.

  • Toreador

    Complete idiocy. The author clearly has no clue about power users or even PC gamers.

    • Chuck

      The interface that we use as power users and gamers is going to change, it’s only a matter of time.

      What it will be… that depends on what technology becomes more effective than the mouse and keyboard.

      I think that one day it will be completely voice/gesture controlled. No keyboard and no mouse… but that’s just my thoughts…

  • michaelw777_52

    This is essentially an ad blog. A sales blog. They mention gaming, but I don’t see this as a gaming mouse or game pad replacement. As many others have said below – I’ll keep my mouse. The mouse may be old tech, but it’s intuitive to use and requires very little learning curve.

    This is an article with tunnel vision on how people use a mouse.

    What I didn’t see:
    I didn’t see rapid typing with this thing on your finger.
    I didn’t see him playing any serious game requiring quick reflexes or a series of commands.
    I didn’t see the option for macros.
    This certainly may have a use in specific applications, but as an all-around mouse replacement, I don’t see it.

    The mouse is still the best one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. For specific applications there may be better devices – but the mouse does everything reasonably well, even if not spectacularly well. The mouse-is-dead refrain has been brought up for at least a decade. I seem to remember discussions about it as far back as Windows 3.1.

  • michaelw777_52

    This is essentially an ad blog. They mention gaming, but I don’t see
    this as a gaming mouse or game pad replacement. As many others have said
    below – I’ll keep my mouse. The mouse may be old tech, but it’s
    intuitive to use and requires very little learning curve.

    This is an article with tunnel vision on how people use a mouse.

    What I didn’t see:

    I didn’t see rapid typing with this thing on your finger.

    I didn’t see him playing any serious game requiring quick reflexes or a series of commands.

    I didn’t see the option for macros.

    This certainly may have a use in specific applications, but as an all-around mouse replacement, I don’t see it.

    The mouse is still the best one-size-fits-all piece of equipment. For
    specific applications there may be better devices – but the mouse does
    everything reasonably well, even if not spectacularly well.

  • alur

    The dumb-downed “smart” phone, social media crowd doesn’t need the precision pointing that a mouse produces. Waving your hands like Tom Cruise or using a touch screen will not replace what a mouse can do. When the intensive computing that a PC can handle is taken away from the “dumb” phone crowd, computing will fall back into the hands of expensive professionals while the “dumb” phone crowd devolves leaving them with the meager skills of Neanderthal, texting-only creatures.

    Just my 2 cents, hehe

  • Kenoscope

    I’m 62, I just don’t have time to mess with ‘new technology.’ Besides, I am a writer, a computer is nothing but a fancy typewriter for me. To be honest I would be just as happy with a 286/16 running DOS 6.22 as I am today. Not everyone needs the latest greatest button overall. Still I will be the first to admit that people like myself are fading away.

    And yes, I DO have a manual typewriter sitting on the shelf behind me as a backup in case the power fails, what do yuo have?

    • Dover

      Spelling?

    • Take me back to the 60′s

      A pencil.

  • pat conroy2

    You can’t get any real work done without a mouse. Candy crush is fine though.

  • pat conroy2

    You can’t do any real work without a mouse

  • Toodle68

    I doubt I will ever get rid of my mouse. I am so much more effective and productive with one. Just a small wireless mouse is way better than the trackpad or anything else I have tried.

  • John Krisfalusci

    Yeah yeah, they said there would be no mouse touch controls, lasers that track your finger movements like that no keyboard light sensor thingamajiggie… then touchscreen to multi-touch and now movements in air to control direction… Meh, at the end of the day, it all comes back to the good ol’ trusty mouse~ TRUST me ^_^

    • Take me back to the 60′s

      I still use my slide rule. And my typewriter too. These crazy ideas will pass.

  • J E

    I’m an old far t with computers and still prefer the PC XT/AT keyboards when I’m drafting But I notice some of the gaming keyboards put keys back to the same location as the XT/AT function keys.

  • LEVI506

    Been using a mouse since MAC brought them out. Suffered thru the “Mickey Mouse” period until the obtuse learned the value of a mouse and NOTHING out there has so far touched the precision and speed of a mouse. I have track pads, magic pads etc and My optical mouse sits right along side. Guess which one gets used when drawing, painting, photo editing or moving the curser to re=correct the auto spelling screw ups. Expand, squeeze, squash the pad is great. Can’t say much else for it. At 70 and with big hands, I don’t plan on changing. Think I’ll go out and buy a supply to last me a few years. ‘;-)

  • Scott Kraff

    The mouse will survive as long as game-designers are still utilizing it.

  • JuJu Judo

    Of course the mouse is on its way out. So is everything else. All things change. Won’t happen overnight, or even in the next 5 years, but it will surely happen. In the mean time, me and my buddy track ball are still in the game.

  • goatonastick

    This isn’t a very likely version of the future. People using Windows 8? C’mon.

  • steadydecline

    I still use my Packard Bell ball mouse that came with the 486SX that I bought brand new.

  • Rotten Apple

    Kinect is about the only thing keeping Microsoft alive, God knows Office 365 and Surface are a complete nightmare.

  • darkpoetinc

    I’m sorry but FPS play, video editing, and MANY other programs demand a mouse.

    Ever look at an Xray or MRI? You need a MOUSE!

  • Bill Smith

    And yet another media moron predicts the end of something. I guess its true if you put 100 monkeys at 100 typewriters for 100 years they’ll write a Shakespeare play. Keep typing Bryan.

  • Gear Mentation

    I assume these “great great grandchildren” who will brows youtube only with their brains are at least 60 years old right now.

  • sparkeyjames

    So that’s why they (the manufacturers of mice) keep coming up with laser mice that have higher and higher resolutions have more buttons on them it’s all because people don’t want them. Gotcha.

  • Martha Phillips Johnston

    I will stick with my wireless mouse for my laptop right now. I hate using the track pad, it makes my back hurt and I cannot type worth a crap on my iphone with the virtual keyboard. I guess I am still old school and I ain’t that old :-)

  • JaiGuru

    This is honestly another sign that we’ve hit the ceiling, or are nearing it, in more than a few ways with the home PC. You see this trend more in operating systems than hardware, but the two are linked. We’ve come to a point where the tech has kind of given us all we really need. There are minute improvements to be made here and there but the core technology is more or less in a finished state. This means the greater computer industry which has been a DEVELOPING market for pretty much its entire life, a market characterized by unprecedented growth, is suddenly transitioning into a long term market.

    So what does this mean? This means there’s really very few niches in which innovation will spur new and lucrative products to sell to you. And that’s why you keep seeing these radical changes to operating systems that no one really wants. Windows 8 is pretty much the poster boy for this crap. Microsoft literally has nothing new to give you, not because they’re dumb (they’re most certainly not), but because there’s just nothing left for the OS to do that is within current capabilities. So how do they get you to buy a new very expensive program? “Innovation”! They change the desktop screen around and hide features in new locations from the previous build. Slap a sticker saying “NEW!” on it and call it a day. THis trend has creeped into hardware as well, as evidenced by this video, and especially in the world of console gaming. Every new system thinks it’s got some “revolutionary” controller to make video games more fun, despite the fact most motion controls actually hobble your ability to interface with hardware.

    And that’s the trick really. New interfaces are the golden calf of the industry because they will REQUIRE new operating systems to facilitate their use. It will give them a means to say “you actually NEED this new software”, something Microsoft hasn’t had since the release of Windows XP. So we will see round after round after round of novelty device being pitched as the great new thing! There probably IS a great new thing out there waiting to happen (voice command for a digital assistant as your desktop, one which essentially acts as a virtual secretary. Think Siri but on steroids) but they are…probably more than a decade away at this point.

  • ben aflek

    the epic music made it feel reaching

  • Jesus H. Hitler

    I’ll wait for the brain implants.

  • John Kafe

    Speaking on behalf of most PC gamers, the mouse isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  • JoeMiller

    I quite frankly disagree with the author of this article. Anyone that purchases a desktop computer is using a mouse. And quite frankly there are still many advantages of a desktop over a laptop these days. When I buy a new computer in 2014, it’s going to be..you guessed it…another desktop…and it’ll come with a mouse! :)

  • Steven Palmer

    my hand shakes so that mouseless device might suck..

  • BillJ100

    I must be an oldie because I love my optical mouse when using my desktop at home, work or even when using my laptop. For me it’s just faster, easier and more accurate using a mouse. As far as mobile devices…not sure who uses a mouse with these devices….other than perhaps a stylus.

  • JoeMiller

    The author of this article is clueless. The mouse will be around for a long time.

  • Sue Lawson

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the mouse….

  • spam

    Just don’t pick up your cold sweating drink glass with that hand.
    I’ll take the mouse I don’t have to strap into or recharge, please.

  • David Dodge

    interesting but im so used to using a mouse a device will have to really be a true improvement to make me switch.

  • Angel

    We can already browse with our brains and not our eyes. I’m surprised this author didn’t realize that such neuro-technology is exactly what Hawking actively uses today.

  • Angel

    We already CAN browse the web and do pretty much all of the above with Neuro-technology. I’m shocked that the author doesn’t realize Hawking already actively uses this existing technology.

  • Tiffani Hallan

    Something for the kids to lose and the dog to chew up LOL.

  • J.Milliscone

    There will always be a huge market for gaming mice and this will never replace that.

    • Chuck

      It is unwise to say there will always be anything. Things change, even gaming setups.

    • dionkraft

      For gamers the next step is to use the real thing as much as possible. Guns that point to the screen, platforms to sense your body movement and legs moving like your hitting the WASD keys. Were not at the Holographic room yet but getting there, Curved 360 degree OLED screen wrapped around you, For gamers it actually could be a nice exercise machine as well.
      No matter what..the future looks bright and exciting.

  • John J McMullen

    No mention of the Apple Magic mouse. A combination of touch screen, and optical laser mouse. Necessary for graphic design and other related work.

  • visitorxyz

    The only explanation I have for our crave for new gadgets is that it revives our inner child again. These objects remind us our lost childhood paradise and give us a legitimate reason to play again while pretending that we still are adults at work.

    • mauiisl

      I hope my wife never meets you.

    • Cynthia Avishegnath

      The calculator was said to be our childish gadgetish craving.
      So, the spreadsheet and document editors over the typewriter.

      You have no idea how crucial a migration from the mouse to a 3-D spatial control is to programmers, scientists, data analysts, process controllers, etc.

      Today’s visual analysis and programming tools are a joke, mostly because we are limited to 2D movements and visualization.

      To design a multi-layer electronic circuit, we have to click at a point, and then laboriously and kludgily ascend or descend to choose the layer. Woe unto us if we needed to choose more than one layer.

    • Cynthia Avishegnath

      You have no idea how crucial a migration from the mouse to a 3-D spatial control is to programmers, scientists, data analysts, process controllers, etc.

      Today’s visual analysis and programming tools are a joke, mostly because we are limited to 2D movements and visualization.

      To design a multi-layer electronic circuit, we have to click at a point, and then laboriously and kludgily ascend or descend to choose the layer. Woe unto us if we needed to choose more than one layer.

  • Clark_Nova

    As is Windows 8.

  • dionkraft

    So far the mouse is not going to go anywhere. There are NO devises that replace it in whole. Even tablet owners want a mouse to use. The only thing I can see is a display which can track your eyes and place the cursor to where you gaze. The input could be from many sources – the brain, wireless on body accessory, gesture with hands and whatever you can think of..

  • pangea47

    I would hate the feel of it on my finger enclosing it.

  • libby

    Nah, I’ll keep my mouse thank you. That just looks bulky, stupid and uncomfortable.

  • TSB8C

    Wouldn’t the keyboard be considered the “computer’s oldest sidekick”? Of course both the mouse and keyboard are going away with touchscreens and cameras that sense in-air hand movements and gestures.

  • sue j

    I admit, I had to look it up. You spelled it wrong.

  • kevinh1

    You forgot to chide Merlin for leaving out the second D in LUDDITE.

  • Mike

    That thing looks awkward. I’ll wait on accurate, comfortable low-cost brain machine interfaces. Until then, a mouse will serve my needs adequately.

  • Alan Zukor

    looks stupid

  • criticalthinkerr

    The scroll wheel is what will keep people using the mouse.

  • Physician Bresch

    Sorry, I cant support it. as a Professional Gamer it has a lot of flaws:

    1. No Gamer in the world will use it. if they do, they are not very good.

    2. There is no way gaming applications can work with this. DeltaForce, Call of Duty, Quake, Unreal Tournament,Silent Warrior. Yes, I am a First person Shooter and No, how could you ever line up an Airstrike or Sniper Shot. as it is the Scope bounces in the Cyber winds created and its hell as it is trying to get the mouse to stand still. then you want me to move it to my finger , oh NO WAY !!!! Star Trek Online the movements are way too complicated and the X and Y axis movements plus the rate of fire cannot keep up with the Game itself, activating shields or changing stations during game-play.

    3. Too many people are “ZOMBIES” as it is so I concur and Agree with Scott Gordon “at what point does technology outpace it’s usefulness?”

  • Volucre

    The mouse is here to stay, because there is nothing that comes remotely close to the precision and speed of a mouse.

    I daresay touchpads never will, since a bulky human finger will never be an accurate tool for pointing out a specific pixel on a screen. Similarly, Kinect-type devices rely on a shaky human hand pointing at a screen at a distance, which–again–is a poor way of singling out pixels on the screen, and would get too tiring for long-term use. Sitting at an office computer all day every day, pointing a Kinect at a screen, is a recipe for wrist problems.

    The mouse rests its weight on a table, not your wrist. After you move a mouse, it stays in place, and so does the cursor, unlike a device pointed at the screen. It uses a precise pointer, unlike the touchpad. And it has a multi-button interface, unlike the touchpad.

    Certainly, touchpads and Kinect-type devices have their advantages for some casual applications, but they are utterly inadequate for many other uses, and (contrary to the article’s provocative thesis) there is no sign whatsoever that the mouse is dying off.

  • ralph

    i think your brain is extinct, i love my computer mouse…and nothing aside from a direct brain link could replace it

  • FireFox91

    It is a unique concept but it won’t go too far. When you sit down to use your computer, you now have to plug yourself in by putting that device on your finger. It isn’t that much effort, but it so much less natural than just placing hand on a device already sitting there. Got a laptop? Then you have a trackpad also just right there that doesn’t require you to put on like a piece of jewelry. Besides, I still don’t believe that this device can give you the level of precision and control over fine movements that a mouse will. And with many computing functions, that is key.

  • ravenwings

    I sure see a lot more physical problems on the way. And then they are not considering those with handicaps already that would not be able to use this device. I know one that can not use the touchpad on her computer. She must have a certain type of mouse.

  • ravenwings

    They didn’t do that great of a job with Windows 8 did they. The more I try to use it the less I like it. I updated the 8.1… NO real difference.

  • ravenwings

    Oh you are so right!!! That GPS is a big joke!!

  • ravenwings

    skip the Windows 8 platform when you purchase your new computer. It is slower and does not do what your Win XP or 7 will do.

  • Frank

    I owned one of those years ago…a ’79 Ludite convertible.

  • Neil Hough

    Oh dont worry about this little device anyway, according to the experts desktop computers are going the way of the dinosaur any way. So whats the point of this device rehash? Or a mouse?

    Pfffft…. Forget it, you will take my desktop and mouse from my cold dead hands. lol The industry might “WANT” us to leave desktop and a real mouse behind, but tablets and portables are nowhere near as powerful, I don’t want to spend the next 20 years only playing Plants VS Zombies or Bejeweled thank you!

  • Canis Dirus

    An interesting attempt.

    I doubt it will replace anything.

  • EarlGrayHot

    I hate those little pads on laptops-that’s why I like to have a mouse.

  • MikeofAges

    The mouse has been here since the early Tertiary. It will last. Okay, may not the early Tertiary. Maybe just the very late Holocene. Nothing stinks it up more than a combination of hack writer, copy pressure and an editor who wants a manic story

  • http://eruditeblackchick.com/ Rosalind Gash

    I don’t think she’s talking about the specific product as much as she’s talking about the future of where the mouse is headed (or not). That, too, was a part of the article, or didn’t you read it all the way through? And way to be dismissive of people with disabilities who won’t be able to use these future technological tools, which (pun intended) makes you look like a tool.

    If the mouse does die out, what are people like Theresa supposed to do? This isn’t an issue to be sorted out at the last minute, or as an afterthought.

  • Jeff Anderson

    I much prefer a trackball with scroll wheel, precision and easy on the hand!

  • Doug M

    You forgot to mention the LEAPMotion. http://www.leapmotion.com

  • Justin Chrosniak

    nope. wishful thinking bruh

  • maxdaddy

    You need to work this into your marketing: