[AI] A New Mouse that Works in Air?

vishnu ramchandani vishnuhappy at yahoo.com
Fri Jul 13 23:25:44 EDT 2007


A New Mouse that Works in Air?

Network World

Mouse in the air... yes... Logitech's made it
possible... 

The company has introduced it's 'MX Air Rechargeable
Cordless Mouse', a versatile laser mouse able to work
on the desk and in the air. So people can sit
back and navigate the computer with 'MX Air' like they
do a television with the remote... 

'MX Air' has a polished Black semi-transparent top
case, a Silver base, and a svelte contoured shape. The
innovative air mouse uses Logitech's 2.4GHz Digital
Cordless technology with a range of up to 30 feet, and
comes with a sleek charging cradle. The 2.4GHz
micro-receiver allows plugging it into a desktop
or notebook PC. 

Significantly, the new air mouse combines 3
technologies: freespace motion-control, gesture
command, and wireless. 

Freespace motion control technology attempts to
provide accurate and responsive navigation sans the
limitations of earlier in-air pointing devices. The
technology is in itself a combination of MEMS
(microelectromechanical systems) sensors, DSP (digital
signal processing) technology, and RF (radio
frequency)
wireless technology. 
It also uses sophisticated algorithms to cancel the
slight involuntary tremors that almost everyone
experiences. With Freespace technology, users can hold
the air mouse in any way, point it in any direction,
and enjoy intuitive cursor control. 

The air mouse integrates gesture-based commands; for
instance, to change volume, users can press and hold
the volume button, and simply gesture to the
left to decrease volume, or to the right to increase
volume. 

The 'MX Air' features a touch-sensitive scroll panel
instead of a traditional scroll wheel. So with a swipe
of the finger across the surface, the scrolling
mechanism is enabled. Besides, there are large, Orange
backlighted buttons for media functions like
Play/Pause, Volume/Mute, Back, and Select. 

Rory Dooley, senior vice president and general manager
of the control devices business unit, Logitech, said,
"The MX Air mouse offers a radically new way
for people to control their PC entertainment. It's for
anyone who has listened to music on their PC and been
frustrated by having to return to the desk
to change songs or volume... It's for people with a
living-room computer or media PC who want to navigate
their media content on their terms." 

Logitech's MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Mouse is
expected to hit stores in the US and in Europe
beginning August. It will be available for around
$149.99
(Rs 6,750 approx). 


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