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Airborne Mouse

CmdrTaco posted about 12 years ago | from the toys-to-want-to-have dept.

News 253

edpin writes "CNN is reporting this new mouse that works without a surface. You hold the device in your hand and tilt it to where on screen you want it to go. It uses a similar technique to "rock and scroll" developed by Compaq (now HP) a while ago."

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Note: (4, Funny)

Bobulusman (467474) | about 12 years ago | (#4504291)

This is, in fact, no relation to Mighty Mouse.

What kind of applications? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504294)

I can't imagine what this would be used for other than clicking for Powerpoint presentations...

Re:What kind of applications? (3, Insightful)

mirko (198274) | about 12 years ago | (#4504480)

Exactly my point to : if we consider the mouse as a complement to the keyboard as an input, then they'd have to develop an airborne Keyboard to make this practical...
It's also true that the way they shaped the mouse (on the photo) doesn't make it look it is made to walk around while working.
So, now, one will have to invent a specific usage for this...
I can imagine some Mad Quakers fighting with this but they will then risk to hurt each others while quickly balancing their mouses to frag the other before being fragged...

airborne mouse (1)

liquid stereo (602956) | about 12 years ago | (#4504295)

How useful could this be? 3D navigation?

Re:airborne mouse (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504303)

I am thinking video games could be one market? If I hook up my computer to my tv, it's unlikely I'll have a desk in front of it...

Re:airborne mouse (4, Interesting)

lrohrer (147725) | about 12 years ago | (#4504351)

"hands free" operation. For instance in some warehouse implementations I've done we mounted laptop computers on fork lift equipment. First it was a pain to get the "big burly hands" to use nipples on the machine and tailed mice still had to have a place to play on. There are hand activitated computers but these cost 3X times as much as a normal PC/laptop.

Whould it not also work for presentations?

What I want is my screen focus to shift based upon eye movement. Well maybe most of the time. I don't want the wife and kid to be assilmilated!

Might be great, or useless (3, Insightful)

Gerry Gleason (609985) | about 12 years ago | (#4504482)

Depends a lot on how well it is implemented. Implied in the write-up is that it might be hard to hold the pointer position while you click buttons, and they have an 'enable' trigger so you can freeze the position before clicking. Sounds like that might be cumbersome.

Better would be to start re-thinking some things more fundamentally. As you suggest, there are new degrees of freedom that could be used to enhance the interface for 3D control. The idea of 'gestures' could be very useful too, but you have to maintain compatibility both with people's familiarity with using mice, and the system and application support for mice.

I think it would be cooler if one of these could be strapped to your hand or wrist so you could still type on the keyboard without putting it down, and also access pointer functions more or less seemlessly. This needs some real hard core UI research and experimentation.

Wrong Genus. (5, Funny)

Trusty Penfold (615679) | about 12 years ago | (#4504296)


If it flies it's a bat, not a mouse.

Der Fledermaus! (2)

Corvaith (538529) | about 12 years ago | (#4504345)

Just produce it in Germany, and we've got the best of both worlds.

Re:Der Fledermaus! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504439)

_die_ fledermaus, as any opera fan would know.

Re:Der Fledermaus! (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | about 12 years ago | (#4504611)

Or Simpsons fan: Die Bart Die!

*facepalms* Die Fledermaus. (2)

Corvaith (538529) | about 12 years ago | (#4504566)

I have been duly corrected. And I just had a German test this morning. In my own defense, we're covering home furnishings right now, not bats and/or computer peripherals. ;)

Re:Wrong Genus. (0, Redundant)

nitefallz (221624) | about 12 years ago | (#4504432)

After all, bats are just mice with wings!

Re:Wrong Genus. (1, Redundant)

siegesama (450116) | about 12 years ago | (#4504444)

Perhaps they'll market it in germany as Der Fledermaus?

Frosty Piss! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504297)

SDFVSDFSDFSDFSD

Hehe... (5, Funny)

FortKnox (169099) | about 12 years ago | (#4504305)

Imagine what a lanparty would look like with a buncha guys throwing their hands up in the air to avoid being railed...

This isn't a good way to get out of that geek stereotype....

let's get it over with (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504306)

It's great for pr0n in outer space! :P~~~~~~
Suicide.

New? Not. (5, Informative)

jfrumkin (97854) | about 12 years ago | (#4504309)

This isn't anything new - for about the last year or so, we've had a mouse just like that for presentations here at my university - in fact, I think we've got one in each of electronic classrooms for instructors to use. And it doubles as a laser pointer!

Re:New? Not. (4, Informative)

bpb213 (561569) | about 12 years ago | (#4504372)

I believe that the ones your refering to arent gyroscopic.
Ive seen the ones that professors use, and they usually have a small joystick or a small trackball.

(and yes, they have the built in laser pointer ;) )

Re:New? Not. (2, Informative)

CrypticOutsider (615336) | about 12 years ago | (#4504476)

I believe that the ones your refering to arent gyroscopic.

No, I don't know about the OP, but I used a gyroscopic mouse in June 99 for a demo. It was just to run Powerpoint. Of course the powerpoint presentation was more important to people than the fact that the software worked, but that's business!

Most of the people that were giving demonstrations didn't have the technical capacity to use it (as in they were fully deficient PHB), so they'd still have someone working a computer in the back to scroll

Re:New? Not. (1)

Captoo (103399) | about 12 years ago | (#4504626)

I own a gyroscopic mouse that I bought about 4 years ago. It's not cordless, but it works just like the one described in the article. I eventually put it into storage because I preferred my Logitech ergonomic mouse. The mouse in the article looks like it would be pretty comfortable to work with.

Re:New? Not. even ,it's really old. (5, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 12 years ago | (#4504504)

I've had a "flying mouse for over 4 years now. Made by Handykey and built into their twiddler device.

you simply press the mousing button and gesture to move the mouse.

and in fact I remember back in 1993-1994 many MANY people using nintendo powergloves as mice for windows 3.11 and Logitech had a wireless "airmouse offering back in the mid 90's.

Obviously... (4, Interesting)

suman28 (558822) | about 12 years ago | (#4504312)

this has very limited applications. I think it will be difficult to play games with this, since I use the keyboard also. Then there is the issue of whether I want to hold my hand up in the air when using my mouse in the first place. That has to hurt after a few minutes.

Re:Obviously... (1)

bpb213 (561569) | about 12 years ago | (#4504402)

I am sure one way of using it would be to hold your hand in the air, but because this mouse detects tilt, i am sure that resting your arm on the desk and simply rotating your hand while it rests on the desk would work also.

more info (4, Informative)

BigBir3d (454486) | about 12 years ago | (#4504319)

Gyration Ultra [gyration.com]

9 hour charge? (2, Interesting)

Howwie (516153) | about 12 years ago | (#4504320)

Installation involved popping the receiver into a USB port and giving the mouse a nine-hour charge in the supplied charging pod.

The review doesn't say how long the charge lasts but I certainly hope it lasts a while if you have to charge it for 9 hours.

Re:9 hour charge? (3, Insightful)

bpb213 (561569) | about 12 years ago | (#4504438)

the same applies to any cordless technology.

For instance, you have to charge your cordless phone for 9 hours before use.
your cell phone gets charged for 8 i think hours before use.
rechargable PDA's get charged a couple hours before use.

So an initial charge time of 9 hours isnt really new in the electronics market.

And besides, you do it the first night, and forget about it.

Re:9 hour charge? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504608)

set in pod while not in use...

Hrmmmm... (3, Interesting)

EatHam (597465) | about 12 years ago | (#4504323)

I wonder if it's anything like this device [pricegrabber.com] . Seriously though - a pointing device that works without a surface? Possibly that old thumbpad wireless mouse (which was also used primarily (AFAICR) for powerpoint presentations? Possibly a trackball?

reinventing the wheel (5, Informative)

Astrorunner (316100) | about 12 years ago | (#4504325)

It's been done before [bosswave.com]

its been around for what.. two years now? and its at least 5 times smaller.

Re:reinventing the wheel (1)

Astrorunner (316100) | about 12 years ago | (#4504360)

In English. [bosswave.com]

Re:reinventing the wheel (2, Informative)

reaperbean (453437) | about 12 years ago | (#4504397)

These have existed for AT LEAST two years, I used a GyroMouse in the summer of 2000, if not the year before that. Either way, they are nothing new, and not really that great. A wireless optical mouse is superior.

Re:reinventing the wheel (2)

Astrorunner (316100) | about 12 years ago | (#4504442)

What I'd rather see is a wireless trackball about the size of a TV remote that you'd work with your thumb. The learning curve would be much easier, you'd have a lot more accuracy, and you wouldn't have to worry about keeping your hand level.

Re:reinventing the wheel (1)

Eccles (932) | about 12 years ago | (#4504536)

I used a GyroMouse in the summer of 2000, if not the year before that. Either way, they are nothing new, and not really that great. A wireless optical mouse is superior.

Yes, but if you read the article, you'll see that it's *both* a standard mouse and a gyro one. So use the optical tracker on the desk when you can, but pick it up and use the gyros when you need to.

Re:reinventing the wheel (2)

Astrorunner (316100) | about 12 years ago | (#4504576)

Yes, but lets be realistic... You're probably going to use it for one, or the other. Very seldomly would you ever use it for both.

Re:reinventing the wheel (1)

markwusinich (126760) | about 12 years ago | (#4504577)

http://www.the-gadgeteer.com/ubb/Forum146/HTML/000 001.html

maybe this version will work.

Re:reinventing the wheel (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504631)

not only that, there has already been a /. post on these mice before.

Funny, I saw this years ago (2)

tlhIngan (30335) | about 12 years ago | (#4504330)

I think the guys at Gyration produced mice that weren't bound to the mouse pad eons ago (6+ years... I remember thinking about getting one, but they were *honkin'* expensive).

So what's different, other than being another mouse by the same company?

Re:Funny, I saw this years ago (2)

Mandi Walls (6721) | about 12 years ago | (#4504517)

I forget the details, but we saw them in like '97 at the Pittsburgh conference for analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy, i think in atlanta.

someone, bruker or hp, had them attached to some huge piece of machinery, like an nmr or a big spectrometer. That system, inertial mouse, was actually patented [delphion.com] in 1988.

I think the new thing they're trying to hype here is that they're wireless and consumer grade (cheap).

hopefully, that gets us one step closer to the ui on minority report.

--mandi

Re:Funny, I saw this years ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504584)

Me too. I bought a gyration mouse from the discount/clearance rack at the local discount warehouse (I forget which one). Obviously it didnt sell well, but I dug mine.

*Warning! - Unabashed Profession of Love for Computer Peripherals*

I used it for years until the part where the wires come into the mouse started to fatigue and come apart. I patched it together numerous times and finally gave up when i got my wireless logitech mouse and keyboard.

Good for on the go.. (1)

OzPhIsH (560038) | about 12 years ago | (#4504331)

These sound like they'd be useful at the airport or on the train or somewhere without a good sized flat surface. If I'm at home though, I can't image i want to be waving my hands out in front of me manipulating a pointer. It's such much easier to have my hand resting on the desk,

Old? (2)

dacarr (562277) | about 12 years ago | (#4504332)

Didn't Gyration Inc develop something like this about 5 or 6 years ago?

Hate to rain on the protest march... (5, Insightful)

ShooterNeo (555040) | about 12 years ago | (#4504333)

But is this really any more accurate than, say, a joystick? The advantage of a mouse is that mouse movements by your hand map directly to your screen. With practice you can just move it and get very close to the desired point. A joystick like device lets you control the rate of change of pointer position, not the position directly itself. While useful for some things, for aiming my railgun or getting work done this gadget is junk.

A good product, actually (5, Informative)

SonicBurst (546373) | about 12 years ago | (#4504340)

We've been using the Gyromouse Pro [gyration.com] from these guys for a while now. It works great and the recharging base is a plus. The only difference I can see from what we use and the new one is that the new one is optical when you use it on the desk, whereas the gyro pro still uses old ball technology.

Need a one handed keyboard... (4, Interesting)

GweeDo (127172) | about 12 years ago | (#4504343)

This device seems like it would have very limited uses. When I am using my computer for work and play I normally don't have my left hand dedicated to my mouse (like right now, I am typing with it). It is nice to just lay my hand right on top of the mouse and be ready to go. With this I would actually have to pick it up and that would take just a second longer, but it would be enough to irritate I think. Any application where you use your hand exculsivly for your mouse (or 90% of the time atleast) might be a use for this, but then there is a question of control. Do I get fine precision with this new airborne mouse? I have to think I wouldn't...but I don't honestly know.

Re:Need a one handed keyboard... (3, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 12 years ago | (#4504523)

handykey [handykey.com]

the #1 keyboard used by wearable computer researchers...

one handed keyboard just for you :-)

The obvious... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504344)

With a little experimentation, the reviewer found that he could easily control the cursor by moving his whole arm, or, with the mouse held in both hands, his whole torso.

There have got to be some interactive porn applications just waiting to be tapped here... lyd

Strap it to your face, (1, Funny)

sfled (231432) | about 12 years ago | (#4504349)

click it with your tongue. Great for surfing pr0n sites!

No thanks (1)

MagPulse (316) | about 12 years ago | (#4504352)

You have to hold a trigger whenever you're using it? Did some surgeons that treat RSI come up with this?

Back in the 80s (3, Informative)

IWantMoreSpamPlease (571972) | about 12 years ago | (#4504353)

There was a very similar device for the Atari 800. I have forgotten the exact name, but it relied on mercury (again, IIRC) switches and doubled as a joystick for playing games. It took some getting used to, but it pretty neat.

I'd hardly call this revolutionary.

On a side note, I've sold a few items *very close* to this to presentation researchers. Wireless hand-held mice that allow the professors to give power point slide shows while still being able to walk around and point at other things.

Re:Back in the 80s (2, Interesting)

AngryPuppy (595294) | about 12 years ago | (#4504496)

This is more revolutionary than the mercury-switch controllers. The Atari system controllers were just five switches. One for each of up, down, left, right and one for a fire button. diagonals were achieved by closing two switches. There was not the fine control you ordinarily want with a mouse. A simple mercury switch is only an on/off device. It would not measure degree of tilt.

hrm (2)

papasui (567265) | about 12 years ago | (#4504358)

Add force-feedback to it and I see it as a huge hit within the porn industry....

umm... (1)

thr2k (523068) | about 12 years ago | (#4504359)

This has been around for years. (ok, maybe not wireless) I have a Gyropoint mouse that I bought about four or five years ago that does the same thing.

It's really funny... (1)

Zech Harvey (604609) | about 12 years ago | (#4504361)

To watch one of your hall-mates in college flail about wildly playing Quake with a device like that.

Killer app? (2, Funny)

Harald74 (40901) | about 12 years ago | (#4504362)

A boxing game with one of these in each hand?

Article Writer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504364)

Heh, I work with the guy who wrote this. He'll probably get a kick out of knowing he's on Slashdot.

If memory serves (appologies to Chairman Kaga) (1)

WeenaMercatur (591056) | about 12 years ago | (#4504366)

I worked in a computer store back in 198-mumble, that sold a mercury switch based free motion joystick.

Made playing Star Raider on those old Atari 400/800s into an aerobic exercise...

Here's what I want... (5, Interesting)

jerkychew (80913) | about 12 years ago | (#4504371)

...is a gyro mouse like this, but one that attaches to your hand.

The problem I have with this mouse is, you have to constantly pick it up and put it down when you need to use it. Granted, we have to take a hand off the keyboard to operate our current meeses, but sliding a mouse a quarter-inch across the table is somewhat less involved than picking one up, re-orienting it with the screen (after all, once you've picked it up, the cursor has moved), pointing and clicking at what you want, and finally putting it down again.

Why not a small device, mounted to the top of your wrist? When you want to point, hit a hotkey that activates the mouse, raise your hand slightly from the keyboard, point-click, hotkey, back to work. The mouse in this article seems more suited to presentations than personal computing.

If this idea gets patented in the future, can I use my slashdot post as 'prior art'?

Re:Here's what I want... (1)

misterhaan (613272) | about 12 years ago | (#4504477)

how about a combination of the zapper and the power glove from NES? you put on a glove and literally point at the screen. i don't know how you'd click though . . . snap your fingers or something?

Yeah, great (3, Funny)

Wind_Walker (83965) | about 12 years ago | (#4504374)

There are so many jokes to be made...

Giving a slideshow with the mouse, and "talking with your hands" yields a deletion of your presentation...

Geeks begin to have buff right arms from holding their mouse hand up all day...

Grandmothers can no longer accurately point-and-click because of their shaking hands...

Rhythmic up and down hand motions becoming the next gesture-command to surf to persiankitty.com...

Carpal tunnel (1)

molywi (136881) | about 12 years ago | (#4504375)

Looks to be a great product, but I do not see myself using it on daily basis, seems like it would hurt your wrist to hold it all day long. True you could stand and use it (thus eliminate back strain of sitting in front of the monitor all day long). For those who do a lot of presenting, this will be great, as most projector remotes with built in mouse functionality are ackward to use.....

Got one, don't really like it (5, Informative)

vondo (303621) | about 12 years ago | (#4504378)

We had an earlier version of this (Gyro Mouse, same company I think).

I never really liked it. Control is not so good. I think the only place I would want one of these is for giving a presentation in a lecture hall where you need more functionality than "next slide/last slide."

We were using it in a small conference room, everyone seated around a table. Eventually we switched to a cordless trackball. Much better, in my opinion. I also use a cordless trackball when I use the computer and the TV together. (It sits on the armrest of the sofa.)

Where bats have been before? (3, Interesting)

phorm (591458) | about 12 years ago | (#4504379)

There was a 3d-input device like this out sometime ago, but it never caught on. From memory, it was simply called "the bat", but this could be a general term much the same as "mouse."

I haven't been able to find any links on google, but a gyroscope-driven bat was definately out several years ago, as I remember considering it as a cool tool for playing descent or quake games (had they come up with proper support for it). It it catches on now, it might indeed be a cool tool for 3d-gamers and developers alike.

what? (2)

Triv (181010) | about 12 years ago | (#4504380)

But when you lift it, the usual red optical glow disappears and the gyroscopes take over when you depress a big button on the underside.

Ok, let me get this straight - you need to hold down a button on the bottom of the mouse/controller/whatever to move the pointer? That's a bit counter-intuitive, doncha think? What kind of wrist/hand strain is that going to create? How about complicated tasks (I realize this is an impractical example, but how about Diablo II?)

I haven't tried it so I don't know how well the thing works, but it seems like too much of a bother. :)

Triv

Wow.... (2)

levik (52444) | about 12 years ago | (#4504388)

Can we mount this technology on a glove? If so, then coupled with these smart screens [slashdot.org] from earlier today, we really *could* get a setup like in Minority Report.

That would look really cool, but imagine the carpal tunnel syndrome your shoulders/elbows would develop :)

Re:Wow.... (1)

Spire (101081) | about 12 years ago | (#4504530)

That would look really cool, but imagine the carpal tunnel syndrome your shoulders/elbows would develop :)

You have carpal tunnels in your shoulders and elbows?! What manner of freakish monstrosity are you?

Nahh... (1)

burntoutjoy (618425) | about 12 years ago | (#4504390)

..what i'd *really* like is that video-editing thing from minority report. now *that's* cool! as someone's already metioned, your arm would hurt after not long. fairly pointless as well, if yr screen is only in two dimensions. A mouse is great! If it ain't broke and all that...

Even better - the Tilt-Sensor Palm (5, Insightful)

soboroff (91667) | about 12 years ago | (#4504391)

Several years ago, Till Harbaum [harbaum.org] added a tilt sensor [harbaum.org] to his Palm Pilot. Then he wrote Mulg, which is kinda like Marble Madness; if you have the sensor, you can play by tilting the Palm to roll the marble around.

This is STILL the all-time best Palm HW hack I've ever seen.

Re:Even better - the Tilt-Sensor Palm (2)

Peyna (14792) | about 12 years ago | (#4504624)

I saw a large scale version of something like this where you run around on a huge board and your 'weight' tilts it. It was just a big screen you were standing on of course, so it didn't really move.

Lightsaber (2, Funny)

krystar (608153) | about 12 years ago | (#4504392)

Is it just me or does no one else recognize that as the handle of a lightsaber? :) This can take Jedi Knight II to a whole new level if the game supported it.

Great... Now the DDR freaks will have something... (2, Funny)

Message (303377) | about 12 years ago | (#4504398)

How long before we start seeing something like this incorporated into some of the home versions of Dance Dance Revolution....

Was ist KNOPPIX? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504403)

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Saw this on the local news... (2)

wumarkus420 (548138) | about 12 years ago | (#4504404)

Man, I saw a story on this exact mouse on the local news over a week ago (Wash. DC NBC Channel 4)... is slashdot now lagging behind local news reports in technology information? That would be really scary!

Handheld mouse (2)

Nomad7674 (453223) | about 12 years ago | (#4504405)

Seems like THIS [directron.com] would be more practical for most airborne trips. It is a handheld trackball where you move the cursor and buttons with your fingers. At least it would not require me to learn a whole new method for working with the computer.

The linked product seems more like a handheld trackpoint and really a mouse. My two cents.

Wiggly (3, Interesting)

eMilkshake (131623) | about 12 years ago | (#4504418)

I just purchased the two different models of these for our University -- they work as you would expect.

Unfortunately (and this sounds obvious, but comes as a surprise when using it), your wrist lacks the precision that your fingers have. Circle points of reference is easy, but clicking on links is difficult.

Kinda cool... (2)

Mysticalfruit (533341) | about 12 years ago | (#4504443)

I could see where if you were doing a presentation and you wanted some mobility to walk around this would make a lot of sense. As for the office or home office I would think prolonged use while not moving around or standing would cause more fatique then a good old logitechs mouseman... Though on a side note, if you were going to seup a CAVE system, this would be exactly the mouse I'd want.

My old recevier had this (1)

deadsquid (535515) | about 12 years ago | (#4504450)

Sony manufactured the STR-G3 A/V receiver, and one of the selling points was the one button remote. The remote was in the shape of an egg, was battery powered, wireless, and worked in a similar fashion to the mouse in the article (minus the having to hold a button down to move the pointer). All video was routed through the receiver, which was connected to the TV. When you picked up the egg, an OSD appeared and you could muddle with volume, audio sources, etc. It sucked, and that was 1995.

Not new (1)

BuffJoe (307408) | about 12 years ago | (#4504455)

I've seen these (albeit without the scroll wheel) over 6 years ago. My friend had one, and although it took a little while to get used to, it was kind of nice since you could sit back and use your computer.

i like my desktop mouse (1)

mrpuffypants (444598) | about 12 years ago | (#4504456)

hey! i'm not giving up my desktop mouse any time soon! there's no way that after years of resting my whole arm on tables to use mice could i ever manage to lift it more than a coupe of centimeters to grab a swig of Mountain Dew

Uhmm (1)

NitsujTPU (19263) | about 12 years ago | (#4504463)

I've had one of these for a few years now, not this model, but a different one.

Torture (4, Interesting)

nick_davison (217681) | about 12 years ago | (#4504474)

I have friends in the S&M scene who have their submissives hold things out at arm's length for long periods of time as a painful punishment. You'd be amazed how quickly just the weight of your own arm starts to hurt.

Next : a mouse, shaped like a dime, that you have to press against the wall with your nose?

Obligatory Memory Jogger (1)

E-Rock-23 (470500) | about 12 years ago | (#4504483)

I wanted one of these ever since I saw it in "The Lawnmower Man"

Maybe this can relieve my 'net cramp," the sharp pain in my right shoulder that I have come to blame on using a mouse in an awkward setting (my desk was higher than my shoulder at my old apartment). I'd gladly pay whatever they're asking to eliminate that pain forever...

Target (2)

IceFox (18179) | about 12 years ago | (#4504488)

Well from the article it looks like they are trying to target those who are not trying to hurt there wrist, but in the add itself they say it responds to movment of the wrist, arm or Anything! Other then the arm and wrist what is there? I will move my body just to move the cursor? This is pure bull, you will move your wrist. Now, what hurts the wrist? Why moving it! What makes them think that holding this will help in anyway? The sad thing is that they are going to sucker in some people who are trying to help their hands. As much as it stinks trackballs are just about the only mouse that I (and many of my friends) have found to work for hurt wrists because they don't move the wrist, but only the thumb.

Cool, But... (1)

scrod98 (609124) | about 12 years ago | (#4504512)

only a 25 foot range.

If you are walking around a big hall and interacting with students, etc. during your presentation, you could easily get out of range.

Parents (novice users) (5, Funny)

T-Kir (597145) | about 12 years ago | (#4504515)

A few weeks ago, the laptop I gave to my parents packed up (well the win98 installation gave up)... and my Dad; the definate 'luddite' who doesn't like stuff he doesn't understand, had gotten used to the laptop mousepad.

I caught him trying to use another workstation I had set up, and he was stood there moving the mouse through the air, then followed by shaking it violently (while cursing under his breath that is wasn't working) and then he found the ball at the bottom of the mouse actually moved, and started using his finger to move the ball (and cursor) around... I nearly sh*t myself from laughing. So I guess an airboune mouse might have come in handy.

I've since sorted them another workstation up, and decided a mouse might not have survived.. so I got a thumb-trackball mouse from Logitech, which is great, especially considering you don't need half the room needed for a mouse mat and movement room.

Reminds me of... (1)

Allaria (547479) | about 12 years ago | (#4504525)

this [slashdot.org]

Didn't you get a spam about this? (1)

abiogenesis (124320) | about 12 years ago | (#4504526)

A few weeks ago I was spammed by someone advertising this mouse. Now they say that it is recently manufactured. Isn't it strange?

That's stupid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504529)

They should just use GPS. Cheaper, easier, and more accurate. Duh!

Lets hope they designed this one right. (2)

blair1q (305137) | about 12 years ago | (#4504531)

I had a GyroPoint for about a year, and finally tossed it because it was always a little bit dysfunctional due to battery voltage issues, then finally refused to hold a charge even with new NiCads. I got the impression it was a common fault in their products.

Old. Way, way old (2)

edremy (36408) | about 12 years ago | (#4504537)

I was buying Gyromice back in 1996. Half the campus here has them. Why on earth does this get a story?

Pardon my stupidity... (2)

L-Wave (515413) | about 12 years ago | (#4504539)

but once you position the mouse, wouldn't the pointer move once you set the mouse down to type?? Having a mouse rest on a desk lets you leave the pointer where its at..if focus is strictly under the mouse, it would get pretty aggrivating...

Future warning tables in game rooms (2)

Ektanoor (9949) | about 12 years ago | (#4504552)

To Doom, Quake, CounterStrike watchers...

If you see that the player does not lie his hands on the table, then, don't come close. The administration takes no responsability for black eyes, broken teeth, bruises and other trauma that may advent from the fact that the player uses airborne devices...

larval stage? (2)

sugrshack (519761) | about 12 years ago | (#4504556)

Installation involved popping the receiver into a USB port and giving the mouse a nine-hour charge in the supplied charging pod.

might cause problems for those on a 36 hour run.... however I suppose much of that could be avoided by using the keyboard... wait, now I'm offtopic.

wow... (1)

painehope (580569) | about 12 years ago | (#4504564)

we might have geeks w/ arm muscles now...
seriously, would you want want to sit at your desk/chair/whatever and hold one of these things up for more than 5 minutes? just thinking about it, i lifted up my ( 3-button ball mouse, but equiv. weight, I'm sure ) mouse for about 30 seconds and realized this would take some getting used to ( and I'm the kind of geek that does push-ups in the morning and rides mountain bikes )

Better than before? (1)

SuicidalSquirrel (97227) | about 12 years ago | (#4504588)

I had a wireless gyroscopic mouse a couple of years ago. I don't remember what brand, but it was too inaccurate and too slow to be any fun to use. I could see it being useful for slide presentations, but for everyday use and gaming, it was impossible to deal with. The comfort factor wasn't so great, either. It's now collecting dust somewhere in my pile of should-have-been-cooler-than-this junk. Hopefully, being optical will help with the accuracy issues, but I'm not going to run right out and spend my money again.

You Could ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504619)

Use your mouse, and still pee with Forrest Newman!

Be Be Boop Boop Be Be Be Boop Boop!

Gyroscope (1)

linuxator (529956) | about 12 years ago | (#4504620)

It seems to be using gyroscope. pretty nifty ;)

And it seems to go up to 30m... and use crypted communication... welll 80$ for that mouse isn't much. should get one of those if i will need to do some boring presentation again... better than cordless trackball...

Actually, same gyroscope technique can be used on joysticks to make them more real (imagine this thing mounted on your both wrists and body in front of huge screen... well for others it might then look like your'e leading an orchestra ;)) but that woulb be really nifty... dammit i will write down this idea for my next robotics project....

I have one... (1)

DingoBueno (461129) | about 12 years ago | (#4504621)

...and the wireless keyboard that they make, also. If found that it was quick and easy to get used to to, and the fact that there is no line-of-sight limitations (radio, 80Hz or something, but don't quote me cuz I'm too lazy to look up the spec) is great. The best part is that if you put it down on a surface, its optical sensor is enabled and it works just like any optical mouse. It's also kinda cool in flight sims :) The battery is is a rechargable NiMH, and they say it lasts for 12 hours of continous use, but I have yet to reach that point so I can't confirm. Both the keyboard and mouse are lightweight, and the keyboard is basically a laptop keyboard with a radio in it, but I personally like small keyboards... All in all, I think the thing is cool and usefull, and you can find the combo for about $80 at a few places online.

Slashdot dejavu (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4504630)

Posted before on slashdot: Slashdotted before [slashdot.org] nothing to see here... move along.....

Imprecision (2)

ohboy-sleep (601567) | about 12 years ago | (#4504632)

Airborne Mouse + Adobe Photoshop = Jackson Pollock [art.com]
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