Friday Poll: Is the mouse, indeed, dead?

Some say Apple's new Magic Trackpad heralds a mouse-free future. Are mice a dying breed or will they take their place alongside multitouch and gesture?

Mice musings

Will input methods of the future include mice?

RIP mice?
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Apple's new Magic Trackpad is a clear sign the company is serious about multitouch and gesture as the future of personal-computer navigation. And it might be right.

Almost all modern smartphones incorporate a series of swipes and taps as their interface. MacBook users have been using multitouch on their trackpads for a few years, and the Magic Trackpad is clearly an extension of that experience.

But a lot of people are making noise that the Magic Trackpad--and it's sure-to-follow imitators--heralds a mouse-free future. This being the Internet, there's an opposing camp calling them all idiots.

So we want to put it to our Crave readers for a head count. What's the future of input? Mice? Multitouch? A combination? Neither? Vote in our poll, and be sure to share your additional thoughts in the TalkBack section below.

About the author

    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.

     

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