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What is the future of Pointing Devices???...

by shawnlin / July 27, 2007 4:20 AM PDT

Related to the "Buttons" thread (http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10152_102-0.html?forumID=97&threadID=258077&messageID=2549405) I got thinking about pointing devices in general...

It seems like most "new" pointing devices in the *mainstream* marketplace are incremental steps and no real leap-forward technology. What's up with that?

I'd say this is because the leap-forward-still-in-the-lap-technologies *require* a different way frame of mind for pointing input commands and thus totally different behavior (eye tracker, laser-ring-mouse-pointer-thingie, multi-touchscreen, neural connection, etc.).

for me - I prefer to move only my hand rather than hand and arm. I'd also loooove to hook up a touchscreen bolt-on system to my 37" LCD - that'd be way cool! Happy Or actually, maybe just a 3+ button laser pointer system that would be recognized as the cursor on the LCD...hmmm....

so...any ideas of what out-of-the-box ideas there would be from the likes of Kensington, Logitech, etc.

Best,
Shalin

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Touchscreen
by Ron-Mexico / July 27, 2007 5:10 AM PDT

Touchscreen seems to be the way of the future (although I imagine office furuniture will have to be entirely rethought as our seating positions will likely change dramatically.)

I don't see any laser-like pointing device ever really working that well as you wouldn't have the stability to hold it accruately enough for many tasks. The beauty of current pointing devices is that it takes one axis (up/down) completely out of the equation providing much more stability.

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Since our hands will be too busy doing other stuff,
by fbbbb / July 27, 2007 7:18 AM PDT

I vote for -

The foot. Instead of a big-*** table, we'll draw inspiration from John Travolta in his 70's heyday. Soon you will be chastising your coworkers not for their poor mouse control which led to data loss, but a badly executed moonwalk which screwed up their sales report.

And for when pointing on smaller devices, the tongue is probably the only (more or less controllable) movable appendage left.

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