OpenOfficeMouse: Is This the Most Insane Mouse Ever?

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At first we thought this 18 button mouse was an amusing Photoshop job, perhaps poking fun at OpenOffice or complicated to use peripherals. But in fact this is an actual device being marketed as the "first multi-button application mouse designed for OpenOffice users. No really! We're torn between being both entranced and horrified all at once looking at this mouse.
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Imagine a keyboard, Xbox 360 controller and a standard mouse getting it on and having a love child and what the results may be something like the OpenOfficeMouse. The 18 buttons dotting the top of the mouse can support as many as 52 key commands, the design incorporates an analog joystick on the side, and also includes default profiles for the "five core OpenOffice.org applications based on 662 million datapoints compiled by the usage tracking facility incorporated into OpenOffice.org 3.1".

Does this really result in a more effective workflow? Damn if we know, we don't use OpenOffice nor this mouse to vouch for it, so we'd love to hear back from an OpenOffice users if they're tempted to by the notion of working with something as complicated as this device appears to be. There's a temptation to say hell with simplicity and immerse ourselves in the complexity and options heaven of such a device.

The features of the OpenOfficeMouse include:

  • 18 programmable mouse buttons with double-click functionality
  • Three different button modes: Key, Keypress, and Macro
  • Analog Xbox 360-style joystick with optional 4, 8, and 16-key command modes
  • Clickable scroll wheel
  • 512k of flash memory
  • 63 on-mouse application profiles with hardware, software, and autoswitching capability
  • 1024-character macro support.
  • Open source support software for creating, managing, and customizing application profiles
  • Import and export of custom profiles in XML format
  • Optional audio notification of profile switching with customizable wave files
  • PDF export of profile button assignments
  • Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI
  • Default profiles for Writer, Calc, Impress, Base, and Draw based on actual usage statistics compiled for OpenOffice.org 3.1
  • 20 default profiles for popular games and applications, including Adobe Photoshop, the Gnu Image Manipulation Program, World of Warcraft, and the Call of Duty series.

Love the inclusion of WOW and Call of Duty, perhaps revealing the real intended audience of these highly programmable mice. Because getting work can be important, but harvesting enough gold and earning enough experience points online may be equally as important to some. And at least it doesn't cost $1,186.

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