Microsoft Research Demos Five Next-Gen Input Prototypes

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adamjy12345

take a look at the video might change the way you think about these mice!

 

http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/07/microsoft-multitouch-mouse-prototypes-in-action-video/

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YoshiHNS

I don't think the mouse is going to go anywhere for a good while yet. I can't see everything being done with touchscreen. The mouse is far more accurate and precise than current touch-sensitive inputs.

Something more on the line of a clear surface that you could overlay on the monitor or even just a surface on a desk along with your mouse and keyboard would seem like a good transition. I know on my laptop I use the touchscreen at least half the time for quick clicks and scrolling. Start with simple, useful,and familiar.

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worm8199

I think the last one looks and sounds more useful than the rest at least for graphics work. And to the guy commenting about none of them working for gaming, I'd say that depends on the type of gaming you are doing but not every innovation in computers has to do with gaming. I game too but I also use computers extensively at work and gaming equipment isn't always the best fit! But just as a consolation, I do use my old MX510 gaming mouse on my workstation because the dinky little junk they had attached to it would have given me carpal tunnel in no time!

 

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zstadt

It doesn't really seem like any of these would be good for gaming.  Admittedly, MS most likely isn't focusing particularly on gamers, but on a personal level, I think I'll stick with my G5 for now :D

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McChief

What is wrong with just plain old touch screen? How could you get anything better then a touch sensitive surface? Maybe a motion sensing input, but those things look and sound goofy.

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cdfrey

One thing that is wrong with them is with the current state of affairs, you have to hold your arm up to the screen all day.These devices are a more likely solution until displays are designed to work solely with touch input.

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McChief

That might not be such a bad thing for some people to hold their arm up. It might be the only calories they burn all day. Besides, if they are spending so much on research why not spend more on perfecting touch technology? people can augment touch with a mouse. Besides, non of the ideas are really going to help someone with 6 30in displays running at the same time. If I actually had that many running together I would much rather just be able to touch my screens as to follow a stupid arrow.

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blip2004

 

I don't think the arm holding thing is such a big deal. It gets easier the more you do it. The big problem that I see everyday with touchscreens (In a work setting) is that they are just too easy to break. either the screen gets sticky or a calibration error makes it so you can't press buttons. Or the screen just doesn't register touches in areas because people jab their finger into the screen hard enough to break it. And if the menu's and buttons aren't scaled properly or their is a problem mapping the screen to their images it makes it impossible to use. And at least with a mouse if it doesn't work you can replace it cheaply rather than buying a new monitor or having the screen sent out to be fixed.

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adamjy12345

the first one maybe!

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