Sony mouse is a Skype chatterbox

Optical rodent doubles as VoIP handset

Technabob

Speaking of convergence , the last place we thought we'd see a combo trend is the mouse and phone. That hardware mashup had initially been confined to some smaller brands like Taiwan-based Genius , whose mad scientists have produced such unholy marriages as combo camera-speakers .

But now Sony has come up with its own mouse phone (phone mouse?) for the Japanese market, an optical rodent that can be opened up for use as a Skype handset or propped up to become a VoIP speakerphone, according to Technabob. The Genius model still has one more function--it triples as an instant-message device--but Sony has played to one of its strengths by offering its VN-CX1A in colors designed to match its PCs. But frankly, until it comes in polka dots , we're not interested.

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