Sony mouse is a Skype chatterbox
Optical rodent doubles as VoIP handset
Speaking of, 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 , whose mad scientists have produced such unholy marriages as .
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 by offering its VN-CX1A in colors designed to match its PCs. But frankly, until it comes in , we're not interested.