The Computer Mouse: Soon To Be Extinct?

Submitted by: midnightblis 7 years ago in Tech

In a magic trick that only geeks can pull off
There are 81 comments:
Female 136
Who uses their laptop on an open, uncluttered space often enough that they could actually support the laser field? I know I don`t. I`m either crammed on tiny school desks or sitting on the couch with it (ZOMG) in my lap.
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Male 6,694
I like my mouse just fine.
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Male 3,619
no. this wont go far. at all.

It looks as accurat as a mousepad. which imo is not very accurat. i would miss the physical mouse really fast and just immidiatly feel like it was a waste of money.
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Male 225
Wouldn`t an invisible mouse be easy to lose?
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Female 5,222
hopefully its not aimed at your hand when youre wankin otherwise you might cause your computer to crash XD
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Male 24
My guess is that they just took a video of the screen with the mouse, then played it full screen while mimicking the motions of the mouse -.-
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Male 22
if only :P
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Male 90
Ok, its a prototype.. and actually could be a nice replacement for a laptops touchpad.

people are likely going to still want to use physical mice, because even if this were polished a computer mouse would likely be more comfortable. But i know im not the only one who isnt a huge fan of the touchpads included on most laptops and this could become a nice replacement to that when you`re on the go.
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Male 914
Wow. That`s crappy.
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Male 135
Whoa, the input lag, the humanity...
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Male 72
I`ll stick to a normal mouse.
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Male 371
I laugh at all of you whom are believing this.
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Male 302
They forgot about the little wheel that lets you scroll up and down pages. It is useless.
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Female 49
it`s a bit...useless.
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Male 53
Good ol` Tom and Jerry.
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Male 723
Looks like the latency on this thing is terrible. Can you imagine playing an FPS online with this thing?

Laaaaag!!!11 Th1s suxxors!!!111! *rage quit*

8-) LJ
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Male 143
gonna agree...more expensive than a pooty mouse and not super practical especially seeing as I imagine this could malfunction quite easily.
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Female 961
i have the sudden urge to watch Tom & Jerry now
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Male 151
Soooo it`s the same technology that`s already been made for the next generation of video game consoles (except the consoles will do it with the entire body)
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Male 4,793
Bet it takes up a lot of resources...
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Male 397
How is this practical?
Not.
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Male 294
@mornaf It doesn`t have to take up more space forever. This is what`s known as a proof of concept. If laptop companies were to build this directly into the hardware instead of as add-ons, it could be built in-line as a component with no extra space.

That said, interfaces of this type aren`t new, nor is this one groundbreaking. Some of the more interesting ones include using a projector to project your desktop onto a translucent surface, then use this same technology with the camera underneath.

The biggest problem with these kind of interfaces up until now was/is most operating systems don`t support native multi-touch.

I actually built some IR stuff for the Wiimote (which is basically just an IR camera connected via bluetooth). I can tell you from experience, the biggest problem with these types of interfaces is how much it`s based on the frames per second of the camera and how fast that can be translated.

Still...neat! Human computer interac
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Male 234
"He has a touch pad on the computer already that does the exact same thing."

True but the mousepad isnt as practical as a mouse. this thing however while neat in theory it has more than a few flaws to it.
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Male 820
what the hell..., that takes up more space than the actual mouse.
Neat in theory, stupid when applied.
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Female 1,190
whats the point? nifty? yes, necessary? not so much
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Male 3,842
He has a touch pad on the computer already that does the exact same thing. And, what about the scroll wheel? My mouse has a scroll wheel, in fact, I just used it to scroll down here to the bottom of the page.
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Male 321
This was predicted by that octopus....can`t remember his name (?)
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Female 355
Why do they continue to invent things that people don`t need? Because people are stupid enough to buy it. ....Bottled Water anyone?
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Male 152
I remember the Tom and Jerry episode. That was the most exciting thing for me.
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Male 1,371
NO YOU CAN`T DO THAT!!!
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Male 11
Great... so now I can use a touchpad like the one mounted conveniently in the center of my laptop, but I get to use more battery life to power a laser and a camera, and I need to have my laptop on a flat surface, totaly defeating the point of having a laptop to begin with? SIGN ME UP! WTF? This is just stupid.
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Male 106
Looks laggy, I personally would hate it. especially for gaming.
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Male 715
Good thing they don`t make touch/track pads, and touch screens. Oh wait they do.
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Male 1,598
More than anything, it`s just easier when there`s something physical to touch. I can`t even use touch screen buttons on iPod games.
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Male 66
Ardystic you fail they already made one 2 years ago
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Male 22
Urhhmm.. I tap my mouse idly without clicking buttons while reading on a webpage. Does using this mean I can`t do that anymore?
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Male 5,194
Video shows a really poor correlation between the hand movements and the cursor.
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Male 1,083
i`ll be impressed when they come up with an invisible keyboard you can type in the air.

still a cool invention, though.
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Male 312
what about the scroll wheel, i use that more than anything on my mouse.
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Male 25,417
im not a big fan of the lag!
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Male 10,855
Doesn`t look like it`ll work for FPSs though.
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Female 30
....i dunno about the whole invisible mouse thing but i wanna watch tom and jerry now!
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Male 2,422
So...it does the same thing only it costs more and with the added benefit of making you look mildly retarded.
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Male 768
Not very practical imo. It needs to be on a flat surface, or a moderately flat surface. You have to have your hand close and to the side of the laptop to move the mouse. It is laggy, and from what I can see it probably has problems with mistaking unintentional movement as wanting to move the mouse. I also doubt you can hold a click to highlight something. So not very practical, neat enough idea though.
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Male 2,700
I think I will stick with my WoW mouse....works just fine, no problems...Been going for years
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Male 2,703
"The trackpad works just fine"

EEK!
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Male 5,624
For all of you complaining about the size: Do you not recognize a first-gen prototype when you see it?

If you are going to complain, say:
1) It`s laggy. It will be faster with a non-color CCD.
2) A guy already sold that design to the Defense Department (it`s the interface they use to "see a license plate from space") then, to MS. His pickup is infrared (lower power than a camera) and even has a projector. MS is releasing it for $10K+ per unit (it`s a whole PC but that price can be beaten easily.)
3) Is that a mic for pickup of tapping? Not needed once the frame rate is up.
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Female 697
The trackpad works just fine
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Male 761
Now if only it had 15+ buttons...
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Male 5
Fantastic! Yes it lags, yes it is bulky, but technology grows in baby steps :).
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Male 2,703
I doubt they paid for use of Tom and Jerry...I hope they get sued for using it.

as been said, it lags horribly, plus you have to keep your hand in a mouse shape

sorry, the destruction of the mouse will be in touchscreens, the only people who will have mice are the ones who have large screens mounted on the wall, and they will have track balls integrated into their keyboards, or a "remote control" mouse which looks like a normal TV remote (they`ve been around since mid 90`s).
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Male 552
But it lags horribly. thanks but no thanks.
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Female 1,593
Mouseless, yeah.

But look at all the other equipment you have to attach to your computer. How is that being more efficient? It`s not.

Just get a wireless notebook mouse. It has a teeny tiny USB and the mouse itself is also small. No need for an invisible mouse. :|

Bottom line: this is impractical.
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Male 3,819
Well isn`t that inexpensive and practical.
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Male 4,680
Looks cool, but I don`t see why I`d need to replace my trusty computer mouse with an invisible one.

What if I lose it?!
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Male 697
its silly though. using a real mouse would be so much more responsive.
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Male 1,765
This looks pretty cool and all but it just seems easier, cheaper and preciser to just use a real mouse.

And spider sol is right, that bugged me a lot xD
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Male 2,056
@DickenMcHunt, it does sir, it does
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Male 17,512
looks like it takes up quite a bit of cpu processing power and it lags accordingly.

Also didn`t see him try to drag-n-drop or use his finger like a scroll wheel on anything, Hmmm.
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Male 5,314
no thanks
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Male 379
So what if your like me and use your mouse left handed? Or click both mouse buttons with the same finger? Or don`t want a big clunky camera hanging off the back of your computer? And what about scrolling?
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Male 1,451
Why does he double-click EVERYTHING!?
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Male 1,299
Too bad his laptop doesn`t have a trackpad...
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Male 2,121
The technology they used is also the technology used in some touchscreens (not iPhone ones).
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Male 3,327
A lot of hardware to replace a mouse, especially a wireless one. Every single click looked like a double click, which would mean double clicks need triple clicks. And, they don`t show how to do click and drags.

Give it a few years, and I`m sure we`ll all be using it, but right now it seems a bit far off.
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Male 977
is it me or does it look really delayed?
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Male 730
Neat idea but I like having a mouse
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Male 519
yeah not as cool as they make it seem.
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Female 583
It would be annoying having to cup your hand like that at all times though...with nothing to rest it on.
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Male 776
too bad this doesnt take into consideration the fact that the majority of people like to have something physical to rest their hands on.

as long as the touch screen is the only reasonable alternative, mouses are going to be required for gaming
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Male 645
cant wait for a smaller home version
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Female 23
That`s cool, but as is, the camera`s just as bulky as the mouse would be. It`s only going to be worth it once they get smaller tech.
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Male 2,506
you`d need a really slippery desk and it would be sort of uncomfortable because you wouldn`t have a place to rest your hand
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Male 1,148
looks bluddy sketchy atm. Would rather have a mouse thanks
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Male 1,793
I have one of these but I keep losing it....
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Male 464
It will never take off, your hand will hurt after a while and gl using a scroll wheel.
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Male 3,482
This is stupid for two reasons.

A) You STILL HAVE TO MAKE THE MOTIONS OF USING A MOUSE. What`s the point of not having a mouse, if you still have to use a mouse?

I`d rather have the physical analog that I can feel, so I can stretch my fingers and not have to worry about clicking some link to bestiality porn.

Not that I visit sites that have such links on them...

B) If you`re gonna get rid of the mouse, just get a touch screen.

So... Yeah, either this video is old, or way to be behind times, MIT...
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Male 263
Anything with Tom & Jerry automatically gets 4 *`s. What about wheel scroll?
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Male 1,596
no worky
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Male 239
that was a nice video, brought back loads of memories :) - but where`s the scroll?
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Female 48
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