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New Apple multi-touch mouse on the horizon?


Gizmodo has a piece which alleges that a new multi-touch device (aka a multi-touch mouse) that extends the iPhone concept into desktop computers might be on the horizon.

Extrapolating from a recently filed patent at the U.S. patent office, it seems to have a transparent shell with a light source that will illuminate it from the inside.

Sensors inside will capture the light from the user's hand, and software will interpret the user's gestures and react accordingly.

I use all three (main) buttons on my Razer Diamondback on a daily basis. Still, it would be interesting if Apple is able to reinvent something so basic and prevalent.

How many buttons does your favorite mouse have, and how many do you actively utilize? Join the discussion.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

8 comments
.Martin.
.Martin.

I use a Logitech thing (I don't know what it is) use 5 of the seven buttons: left click, right click, scroll wheel (up/down), back, forward. haven't really gotten into the sideways scroll. but I have been looking at the Logitech MX Air: http://tinyurl.com/67zac6

bnbromiley
bnbromiley

I don't think I could live without a 5 button mouse and yes I use all of them

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

MS Intellimouse Optical. I've gotten way too comfy with this mouse.

paulmah
paulmah

How many buttons does your favorite mouse have, and how many do you actually actively utilize?

Vulpinemac
Vulpinemac

Using a Microsoft Trackball Explorer, I use all four buttons plus scroll wheel and scroll wheel button. Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, this mouse/trackball is no longer available and I don't know what I'll use once it dies.

brian.mills
brian.mills

All of my mice are just your plain, run of the mill 2 button + scroll wheel variety, and aside from rarely clicking the scroll wheel as a button, I use them all.

NOW LEFT TR
NOW LEFT TR

The two clickers (R&L) The Scroll Wheel The back & Forward Buttons There are more on the mouse but this is all I really use. - Logitech MX 1000 Series.

paulmah
paulmah

I use all 3 buttons (think middle button to launch new pages as new tabs) Scroll wheel No other buttons

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