Is This What Your Next Mouse Will Look Like?

Is This What Your Next Mouse Will Look Like?

Gregory Han
Mar 15, 2011

Earlier today Joel shared a few alternatives to the Apple Magic Mouse, the input device that sits somewhere inbetween a touch trackpad and a traditional mouse. We've got a love and hate relationship with it: works great 95% of the time, but there are certain apps where the gesture control goes bananas (mostly browser based shenanigans). But maybe our next mouse won't be a mouse at all, but something like the evoMouse above. Check out how it works below...

The evoMouse works on nearly any flat surface and requires very little space. It tracks effortlessly to your comfortable and natural movements. With the evoMouse, you can perform common mouse operations using only your fingers. You can control the cursor, click and select, double-click, right-click and drag with basic hand gestures. The evoMouse also features multi-touch functionality including scroll, rotate, zoom, forward and back. The evoMouse can even be used for handwriting recognition with your finger or a pen. The evoMouse is easy and convenient to set up and use with almost any desktop or laptop computer. It connects via Bluetooth or a standard USB port.

On one hand, we like the idea of ditching a physical mouse for something closer to the iPad's completely gesture-based user interface. But as lifelong mouse users who usually only use touch interface for casual browsing and entertainment, the tactile precision of a mouse in palm is a lifeline when it comes to work in Photoshop or even certain games. Sure, it turns your desk into a large touchpad, but we're imagining it just turns the surface into an even larger germ farm...

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