A mouse that can write in Chinese

Built-in touch screen is interesting innovation

Everything USB

When we hear complaints about the lack of meaningful desktop innovation, the first thing we think of is the mouse. A lot of R&D seems to be wasted on this basic device, which doesn't really need fixing, as far as we can tell.

But a Chinese company called Hanwang is the exception. Its mouse doesn't just fold up or point lasers like so many others we've seen; instead, it has a built-in touch screen that can be used to write Chinese characters with a stylus stored inside. Then, according to Everything USB, the characters can be captured and imbedded in Word or other documents.

We're not sure how practical this will ultimately be, but we'll find out after it's released on the Chinese market (no word on schedule or pricing yet). No matter what, it certainly scores points for mouse innovation--and comes in five colors, no less.

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    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

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