Logitech took the covers off its MX Air Mouse this morning. We've seen this thing twice now during preview visits, and we've been impressed both times. If you're familiar with the Nintendo Wii controller or
In addition to letting your arm be lazier, Logitech has incorporated a few gesture controls. Flick it from side to side and you'll bring the volume up and down, for example. It also replaced the scroll wheel with a touch-sensitive strip between the two buttons. The strip felt normal enough when we got to play with an early version of it, and it worked much better than the touch-sensitive cursor pad and volume control on Logitech's
The $150 cost of entry for the MX Air Mouse puts this device firmly in luxury territory, so we expect that those boutique home theater PC vendors who love pricey add-ons will scoop this up right away. It hits retail shelves in August, although we don't expect that this will be the last of this kind of product. The technology behind this motion-sensing capability, called MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems), is the same underlying tech that keeps the Segway properly balanced. We expect to see more devices that use MEMS, as the price has finally become affordable to the mass market.