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The Mouse Vanishes

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the yesterday-upon-the-stair dept.

Input Devices 292

countertrolling sends in a clip from Wired that begins "...researchers at MIT have found a method to let users click and scroll exactly the same way they would with a computer mouse, without the device actually being there. Cup your palm, move it around on a table and a cursor on the screen hovers. Tap on the table like you would click a real mouse, and the computer responds. It's one step beyond cordless. It's an invisible mouse. The project, called 'Mouseless,' uses an infrared laser beam and camera to track the movements of the palm and fingers and translate them into computer commands... A working prototype of the Mouseless system costs approximately $20 to build, says Pranav Mistry, who is leading the project."

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forget mouseless (4, Funny)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889706)

When can I get an invisible monitor? That's where the 1337 hackers are at!

Re:forget mouseless (2, Interesting)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889812)

Would you settle for translucent? [wired.com]

Or perhaps you meant holographic (still in pre alpha stages)

Re:forget mouseless (5, Funny)

easterberry (1826250) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889932)

oh.
em.
gee.
that thing is the best thing.
I did a recent ranking of all the things and that one was the best.

Mousterbate? (1)

Philip K Dickhead (906971) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890044)

You'll get my mouse, when you pry it from my cold dead hand.

Re:forget mouseless (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890390)

Not so fast, bro. See the Sixth Sense Device video

You wont need monitors because cool new projectors armed with trackers become feasible by mass production, you will save a TON of hardware. Any wall is your monitor. It's the future because a few cartels want to "recover their investments in LCD/OLED research".
Once they're done "recovering" their investments, we wont be using monitors, only projectors. Then all this stuff will be normal and the present tech will be obsolete. And hopefully your kid of 8 will be able to complain about the old tech because he will be even more tech savvy and will bitch about carrying anything computing related that weighs more than a kilogram. And that's progress - when we bitch about good things :-)

How about a keyboard? (1)

mfarah (231411) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889710)

No, without that "laser virtual keyboard".

Re:How about a keyboard? (1)

linumax (910946) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889784)

Please explain how you will be typing on an invisible keyboard?! Virtual Laser Keyboard [thinkgeek.com] is as good as it gets.

Re:How about a keyboard? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32889938)

Well your story is very compelling, Mr Jackass, I mean Simpson. So I'll just type it up on my invisible typewriter.

Tappin to the music... (2, Insightful)

Debug0x2a (1015001) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889716)

So how many fellow slashdotters tap their fingers on their mouse or table without clicking while using their computers? I'm not sure I can see this being viable for a desktop pc. Maybe for netbooks though.

Re:Tappin to the music... (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889744)

And what happens when I scratch my nose?

Re:Tappin to the music... (1)

SnarfQuest (469614) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890082)

Depends on if you are viewing a porn site or not.

Re:Tappin to the music... (1)

Hylandr (813770) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890476)

Yea I was going to say,

What happens when the user masturbates? I can see a lot of new high scores with the earthquake simulator...

- Dan.

Re:Tappin to the music... (4, Insightful)

KingArthur10 (679328) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889988)

This is exactly why I hate tapping on track pads. I keep my fingers on the mouse, on the trackpad, and my keys, depending on what I'm doing. It slows your response time to have to keep your finger hovering above the clickable surface. Virtual keyboards will never work for speed typists. They MAY work for situations on the fly where your only alternative is using the touch-screen on a tablet, but in most situations, a tactile keyboard and mouse provide greater efficiency.

Re:Tappin to the music... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890070)

I'm not even sure if very optimal for netbooks - they are supposed to be, well, ultraportable. Suddenly you better find decently large, flat and solid surface, one that would have enough space for "mousing area"?

If only more of them had a clit...

first! (-1, Offtopic)

DavoMan (759653) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889720)

first!!

Re:first! (-1, Offtopic)

DavoMan (759653) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889738)

shit

Re:first! (1, Funny)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890462)

Yeah, fail.

Re:first! (0, Offtopic)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889848)

NOPE [youtube.com] </random>

I like holding the mouse over fake holding one! (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889728)

I like holding the mouse over fake holding one!

Re:I like holding the mouse over fake holding one! (3, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889918)

Here here! Tactile feedback is actually important when it comes to being effective with your input device. The best use I can see for this technology is an interface in which the direction in which the mouse moves is the only thing that matters -- anything else will just be too confusing to our brains, and efficiency will be lost. I could be wrong, but that is what I make of all this.

nails scratching the wood (1)

VeryLargeNumber (1394367) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890276)

Exactly. When I "cup my palm" and start moving it on the table, my nails make the sound of... well, the sound of scratching wood with nails. Uffffff....

Re:nails scratching the wood (2, Funny)

adonoman (624929) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890498)

You think you got it bad - I use a chalkboard for a desk.

Interesting applications (4, Interesting)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889730)

Once you have technology like this up and running why limit it to the X-Y axis? Being able to manipulate the interface with various gestures in three dimensions has long been a dream of science fiction. This kind of thing just brings it closer to reality.

Re:Interesting applications (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32889892)

I'd prefer not to be a conductor for 8+ hours a day.

Re:Interesting applications (3, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890024)

Think of the arms you'd have... maybe nerds would finally break the stigma of the target of bullies! [slashdot.org]

Re:Interesting applications (2, Insightful)

LTPl4y3r (1573797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890122)

You don't necessarily have to lift your arm off the table. Think of the gestures capable with simply adjusting the height of your fingers. I used to use a 3D mouse [3dconnexion.com] , and I think all the 3D movement from that piece of hardware would be comfortably implemented using a 3D vision system like the parent mentioned.

Re:Interesting applications (1)

JustOK (667959) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890514)

that's why you'll always be a second violin.

Why do we want this? (1)

Zed Pobre (160035) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889732)

Woo! A mouse with zero tactile feedback! Just what I always wanted in an input tool that I need to be precise.

Re:Why do we want this? (3, Funny)

tyroney (645227) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889934)

Tapping on a desk with with a fingernail seems tactile enough to me. I just wonder if it can detect motion finely enough to let me "click" without having to "stage-mouse".

Re:Why do we want this? (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890256)

Woo! A mouse with zero tactile feedback! Just what I always wanted in an input tool that I need to be precise.

Precise and mouse never seemed to go together to me. Now, precise and trackball, you've got something there.

Re:Why do we want this? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890324)

No more mouse batteries. Ever. Unless you already need to change the batteries in your hand, Mr. Steve Austin.

One day... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889740)

You know, a lot of people like the movie Avatar. I think my favourite part was when the researcher with the curly hair and glasses had the interface in front of him - and he wanted to talk away and take it with him, he held up his hand to it, clenched, moved his hand to his mobile device, and sprawled it - and it came right up on the device.

We are getting so close to that cool Minority Report kind of interaction.

Re:One day... (4, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889878)

"Cool" but not necessarily "useful." Case in point: the mouse in its present form gives tacticle feedback, which lasers do not. Likewise with keyboards: the physical feeling of pressing keys matters a lot.

Despite what they might have told you, humans do not have servomotors in their hands. We are pretty bad when it comes to making precise motions without any tactile feedback. This is why, for example, radial menus are so much better than linear menus -- you do not require highly precise motion, just a general direction.

Re:One day... (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890014)

In terms of a keyboard, yes, I could see where you come from, tactile feedback would be necessary.

A mouse on the other hand, does not require much tactile feedback, because there isn't any when you slide it around the desk anyways, not unless you've got a roller ball (which most people hate nowadays), and a mouse click is one of those general motions, moving your index finger a bit.

I think the only thing you might miss going from a physical mouse to an implied mouse is the scroll wheel.

Re:One day... (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889976)

You might see stuff like this instead:

"Please wait, checking permissions and calculating number of objects to be copied..." (slight pause after this)
Copy progress bar appears on mobile device (with cancel option).
Time passes...
Done...

Re:One day... (1, Funny)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890074)

Well, yeah, if it's done in Windows...

Re:One day... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890220)

Such movies are awfully unbalanced. On one hand - insane material science or energy densities, not to mention generally new physics required for interstellar travel in such style. OTOH your favorite moment was part of underlying IT, UI, etc. landscape which wasn't all that different... Yeah, "cool" - but remember, this stuff is meant to look good on a movie screen (preferably while being not too mysterious, usually?)

But where was, say, really augmented reality? (personal displays and UIs everywhere visible only to you, with synchronization between many viewers of course possible, etc.) Oh, right, IRL precursors are only starting to show up, no time to integrate it in Avatar yet. Also, showing it in a non-distracting way would be damn hard

Re:One day... (1)

maxume (22995) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890426)

I pretty sure the part you liked was that he could move his workspace to a different device, the idea that he had to make 2 specific, complicated gestures doesn't seem like a feature to me, at most he should have had to tap on the mobile device twice, regardless of where he was (once to bring up workspaces that he used recently and again to select the appropriate one).

So the computers being able to access/share the same information and track what he was doing was a lot more important than the (apparently horrible) UI they (apparently) showed in the movie (I haven't seen it, no 3D theater was close enough to justify the trip, especially with my poor stereo vision).

It is somewhat surprising how few people realize how terrible software still is.

Re:One day... (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890500)

Um, did you want the Avatar experience, or the Minority Report experience? You switched movies on me there...

Haptic controls by Madona (0, Offtopic)

DeadDecoy (877617) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889742)

When I finger you I touch myself.

dpi (3, Funny)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889750)

So what's the DPI on my cupped palm?

Re:dpi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890290)

So what's the DPI on my cupped palm?

Dicks per inch? In your case about one - at least according to your ex-girlfriend.
Well, it would be a joke but this is /. so we know that none of us has a girlfriend....

Re:dpi (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890448)

So what's the DPI on my cupped palm?

You've been modded funny, but that's a good point.

You can get a mouse with 1000dpi or more. Paint and CAD programs can require very fine cursor movements, even word processing needs good resolution, not to mention games like first person shooters.

My WAG is that this may be good enough for basic computer operations like web browsing, but is no where good enough for serious work (or serious games).

Mmmmmm..... no KISS here? (3, Interesting)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889786)

Keep It Simple Stupid... I love my mouse, I love my trackball. It's simple, it can easily be replaced, requires almost no processing power and can be knocked on the table when it does not work, just for anger relief.

This kind of device, I guess, would require a lot more computing power to use, would eventually be integrated, and at 20 bucks for the thing, would break in the blink of an eye. Also, what about lag? I hate this 2ms - 5ms lag in the iPhone...

Please, I want to keep my hardware, plastic optical mouse.

Re:Mmmmmm..... no KISS here? (1)

insufflate10mg (1711356) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889984)

It would break in the blink of an eye? You believe a laser will give you maintenance and hardware problems?

Re:Mmmmmm..... no KISS here? (2, Interesting)

ctsupafly (1731348) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890136)

As someone who maintains laser equipment for a living, yes, lasers will give maintenance & hardware problems... I'd starve if they didn't.

Re:Mmmmmm..... no KISS here? (1)

courteaudotbiz (1191083) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890320)

Ever bought a 5$ laser pointer? I guess not, they last for hours, not even days! And yes, I tried to replace the f*cking batteries...

Re:Mmmmmm..... no KISS here? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890474)

Well, if don't have the Kiss mouse, you can still get the Kiss Mousepad [amazon.com]

Eh, why a mouse mem. (1)

spribyl (175893) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889806)

I should be able to move the pointer by pointing my finger with have to move from the keyboard.
Just need a pointer and some way to "click"

Re:Eh, why a mouse mem. (1)

gbjbaanb (229885) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890222)

why stop there, eyeball-tracking should be all you need for mouse movement. wink to click using either eye (close both eyes at the same time is ignored).

Not sure about the scroll wheel though.

invisible keyboard (1)

192939495969798999 (58312) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889810)

There's already an invisible keyboard, and we all know how well that's selling and how it's replaced all our regular keyboards. Oh wait, it didn't? Dang.

less cords? (1)

crsuperman34 (1599537) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889822)

there's more cords... and more equipment, without any substantial added benefit.

Cue the unintended consequences (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32889826)

So, what if this thing tracks your hand wrong?
How can you feel tactile feedback to let you know you've clicked?
Can someone else's hand interfere?

IE: What's the Gorilla Arm of this?

Linux Drivers? (2, Insightful)

Anon-Admin (443764) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889830)

Ok, so it costs 20$ to make. I have the 20$ I just need the instructions and the Linux Drivers. Come on MIT we are waiting! ;)

Re:Linux Drivers? (1)

unix1 (1667411) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890118)

Judging by the video, it looked like it was implemented in software. The $20 would account for a cheap camera and a cheap laser. Software simply relayed the movement in the camera image. There was also a noticeable (even a split second could be annoying) lag between input movement and result.

If this was to be offered as a commercial product, it would need to be packaged or integrated with the laptops and other devices, and have some hardware/firmware doing the dirty work. Then you'll see the hardware cost rise and then you may need drivers.

What I'm wondering is - now that someone demonstrated it - who will patent it first.

Arm cramps ahoy! (1)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889834)

With a standard mouse, I can shift my arm and move my hand freely without disturbing the mouse if I choose not to move it. With this system, the slightest twitch might be misinterpreted as a mouse command.

Re:Arm cramps ahoy! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890020)

Nonsense. The light plane is just above the surface; you need only lift your fingers slightly to cease operation.

I want one. This looks very cool.

Re:Arm cramps ahoy! (5, Funny)

boristdog (133725) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890294)

And my porn keeps scrolling rapidly up and down the screen!

I'll be sold if (1)

vlueboy (1799360) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889836)

if it is better than today's aweful touchscreen typing support. So far the mouse is the only lag-less input system that lets you precisely select things layed out, and we expect precision. From seeing different smartphones handling touch support, where a fat finger has lots of possible locations on a screen, there is little hope that we will come up with something with the fine grained resolution provided by laser-pointer guided mice.

I will be sold if this new system is better than our text-to-speech reliability, so that I can play fast-paced games on my PC where lots of hovering, selecting, dragging, clicking and even gestures must be precisely read by my input device.

Re:I'll be sold if (1)

insufflate10mg (1711356) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890002)

Not trying to be devil's advocate, but really, touchscreens vary based on quality. My Motorola Droid has INCREDIBLE touch functionality, to the point where it feels absolutely natural. It feels as natural and smooth as it could.

About $20 to build... (1)

socz (1057222) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889838)

$20 worth of parts...

$15 to ship from china...

$10 to distribute...

"$5" markup by retailer...


Understanding/agreeing why you have to pay $75 for a $100 MSRP $20 mouse: priceless

First... (5, Funny)

MrEricSir (398214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889846)

...they came for my mouse's balls, and I said nothing.

Then they came for my mouse, and there was no one left to squeak up.

Re:First... (1)

Bovius (1243040) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890050)

That's...

*sigh* Okay, that was pretty good.

Re:First... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890150)

Toooo funny! :D

Re:First... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890172)

..they came for my mouse's tail, and I said nothing

then

...they came for my mouse's balls, and I said nothing.

Then they came for my mouse, and there was no one left to squeak up.

I'll pass (1)

Malk-a-mite (134774) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889858)

So instead of something with a level of feedback and spring to the buttons... I get to pay the same price and repeatedly tap my figure against the desk? ...

My cat has already patented this (1)

KumquatOfSolace (1412203) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889872)

along with the invisible bicycle.

No (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889874)

After watching the video [youtube.com] I'm going to have to put this in the Do Not Want category.

First, no scrolling.

Second, I still can't get my M$ wireless mice working perfectly, I can only imagine the problems I'd have with this.

I'll stick to my corded MX518 for a few more years, thanks [newegg.com]

Ergonomics hell. (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32889896)

This is a terrible idea. The shape of the mouse provides support to your hand and allows it to fully rest most of the time. Cupping your hand over an imaginary mouse is fine for maybe an hour at a time, but is going to cause all sorts of strain for those who use a mouse for 6+ hours a day.

that's not a bug, it's a feature! (1)

commodoresloat (172735) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890236)

I can't wait to see the ads for this. "Now you can have all the repetitive stress injury of using a regular mouse, without all of that annoying tangible feedback!"

Re:Ergonomics hell. (1)

bojangler (1851778) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890250)

Different strokes for different folks. No one is making you ditch your tangible mouse. But this is a great starting point for the type of three dimensional computer interaction mentioned by another poster.

Re:Ergonomics hell. (3, Insightful)

ElectricTurtle (1171201) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890270)

Ugh. Do you have any perception of the world around you? Lift your hand and hold it limp. Is it flat? If yes, see a doctor immediately, you are fucked up. If you place your hand on a flat surface in front of you with no special effort to alter its natural resting form, it 'cups' naturally, in that the center of the palm and the base of the middle digits is raised. (And I raise my middle digit to you.) So tell me, do you need 'support' in the center of your hands when you type? The positioning is not that much different.

let alone finess in manipulation what is on the (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890316)

screen. I don't mind virtual devices for clumsy activities, see the Natal type interface. However where I need exacting movement I doubt the "non mouse" be that accurate

Re:Ergonomics hell. (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890436)

Just use a block of wood, a dead optical mouse, or a mechanical mouse with the cord snipped as a palm rest.

Invisible Pen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32889898)

Where's my invisible pen? I'd like to stop losing my pens.

Analogue wheel (1)

Twinbee (767046) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889944)

Sounds neat, and may not be all that uncomfortable (try moving thin air as if you were moving a mouse. you can still relax your hand).

However, I wish the interface itself was better. The times I'd die for a purely continuous analogue middle wheel, instead of the 'step-by-step' wheel that's forced upon us. Two wheels (one of each type) would be far better... (I suppose step-by-step does have a use for say, selecting dropdown menu items etc.).

Re:Analogue wheel (1)

sammyF70 (1154563) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890176)

You should check Logitech mices implementing the Fly-Wheel. I have a MX Revolution at home and once you're used a middle wheel which can scroll for up to 7 secs after a single impulse (wonderful when you're working with thousands of line long files) and can be switched from digital clickclickclick mode to an analoguous zeeeeeeeeeeeeep mode it's really hard not to wish every mouse would work like that. Case in point : I just clicked the wheel of the saitek mouse I'm using on my netbook to switch it to flywheel mode (didn't work obviously:P

Re:Analogue wheel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890226)

Already done -- Most microsoft mice have scroll wheels that don't have clicky steps, and there are some apps that read the wheel motion continuously, so it obviously has a higher resolution that's stepped down to emulate wheel clicks.

It also drives me nuts because it has no tactile feedback, so there's no click to correspond to a scroll event. For those apps not reading continuous motion [read: almost everything] you're never sure whether you need a slight nudge for the next step or a bigger nudge, so you're often missing the sweet spot. There's a reason wheel motion is usually mapped to clicks and not an axis.

Re:Analogue wheel (1)

slyrat (1143997) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890374)

However, I wish the interface itself was better. The times I'd die for a purely continuous analogue middle wheel, instead of the 'step-by-step' wheel that's forced upon us.

They have this. The logitech g500 mouse [logitech.com] has a small button below the scroll wheel that changes between the two you refer to. It really is nice to have. I didn't even think I wanted it but now I absolutely love the feature.

Re:Analogue wheel (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890480)

Why haven't you yet removed the spring that actually forces 'step-by-step'? (with some provisions, paper duct tape for example, to give the wheel some slight resistance)

Sure, UIs are a separate issue...even smooth scrolling is just a visual gimmick, taking normal step input.

mimes? (1)

The Grim Reefer2 (1195989) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889980)

What's the point of this? If I have to move my hand in a similar way then I'd prefer to have the physical mouse there as a reference. I would think this would cause more strain than having an actual mouse, but maybe that's because I've been using a trackball for over a decade. Plus I fucking hate mimes and refuse to be forced to act, even remotely, like one.

Big Accessory Opportunity (1)

Geisel (12180) | more than 4 years ago | (#32889986)

I think there's a big opportunity here for accessories. Imagine dragging your fingers along your desk all day - how dirty! Or, having to levitate your palm above the desk the whole time -- how cumbersome!

Introducing our new line of mouseless accessories. We have a small plastic device that will fit perfectly in your palm -- we even have ergonomic designs! No more dragging your palms around, just rest your hand conveniently on our mouseless hand rest.

Coming soon - Our state-of-the-art version includes a reduced-friction mousless hand rest with a rolling ball inside!

-geis

Suddenly making money from air... (1)

dimethylxanthine (946092) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890010)

...takes on a more literal meaning...

you're solving the wrong problem stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890022)

nt

Why stop there? (1)

rsborg (111459) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890028)

If you're going to use some visual recognition software to determine location, why not just scan the face and track eyeball or mouth movement or in-air gestures?

This just seems a bit legacy.

i know where it is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890072)

I heard that Schroedinger's cat got it.

but the picture doesn't show... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890086)

...where you put the shark

EGR (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890088)

GOOD ONE

Not so useful (1)

MarkKnopfler (472229) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890106)

I really do not see this as a big leap apart from the fact there is no physical mouse. In fact it would be more complicated to execute specific motions to get something done. I still move my hand away from the keyboard and then wave my hands in the air to get something done.

something similar (1)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890140)

this has been around for a little while already... http://www.dontclick.it/ [dontclick.it]

Re:something similar (1)

underqualified (1318035) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890164)

well, ok. i just read the article and it's completely different. XD

Patent lawsuit coming (1)

kpainter (901021) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890158)

The patent holders of the Air Guitar are going to sue.

I wouldn't use it. (1)

falzer (224563) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890162)

I'm used to moving the mouse with only my fingertips. Dude in the video is moving his wrist. Neat tech demo, but I wouldn't use it.

Pranav Mistry is a GENIUS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890178)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKBjt5z_EcY&feature=related

This guy invented the sixth sense platform. It doesn't surprise me that he's been working on more stuff since then. We need more inventors like him!!

Just a slight improvement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#32890198)

What i want is a new input device paradigm. Let's get rid of keyboards and mice.

Rest and minimum effort. (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890240)

With a normal mouse, I can keep my hand and arm in a resting state. When clicking a button I only need to push downwards once, and the spring-loaded button pushes my finger back up when I relax it. When I keep my hand on the mouse, I can push it around in a relatively frictionless manner without having to lift my hand. None of the solutions I have seen beats this.
I guess you could attach sensors to the facial muscles or something.

Laptop accessory (1)

Filgy (2588) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890350)

I did not RTFA, but this sounds like a *great* laptop accessory. I hate laptop trackpads and nipples, and am frequently too lazy to plug a regular mouse in, or get it out of my bag in the first place.. even if it is wireless. I don't see why this shouldn't be the next great thing in portable computing. Especially due to the price.

Problems... (1)

Korveck (1145695) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890388)

How can this technology replace my mouse, which has 4 buttons and a wheel? My thumb can click the left-most button easily, but tabbing the surface will be harder. And what about the increased friction? I probably won't enjoy rubbing my palm and fingers on the surface all day long.

Touchpad (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890466)

A mouse without the mouse? Why not build an oversized laptop touch pad about 5" x 4"? Or a trackball with a thumb scroll wheel?

Best of both worlds. (1)

fenring (1582541) | more than 4 years ago | (#32890470)

How about the best of both worlds? Combining this invisible mouse with an actual, real mouse minus the batteries and the hassle of keeping it with you at all times. It would be great to provide higher accuracy with a specially designed object ("real" mouse) and just be there and work with you hand. I would love this on my laptop.
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