We've already seen a mouse made that can do its thing on pure glass, but thin air? As the breakthroughs continue to mount, Movea is introducing a mouse that can literally "mouse on air." The Gyration Air Mouse Elite doesn't need a surface of any kind to make the cursor move, requiring just a simple wrist twist in mid-air in order to get from one side of the screen to the other.
Needless to say, this mouse has motion sensor built in, and it's aimed at presentation folk and those who just prefer alternative mousing methods. Essentially, it frees presenters and PC users from the desktop, with the proprietary motion-sensing technology enabling users to "issue commands and initiate presentation effects by slight wrist movements performed in the air." One of the key elements is the internal gyroscope, which measures the angle and speed of movement to move a cursor between two points, thus allowing users to select content or enable features on the mouse simply by pointing in the air.
For those worried about range, don't. It can function up to 100 feet away and even through walls. The mouse also ships with the company's MotionTools software, which gives owners the ability to liven up presentations and customize the way it recognizes commands. For example, a lecturer can turn the mouse cursor into a highlighter, laser pointer or pen, or gently swipe it in-air to activate embedded media and other special effects.
he Air Mouse Elite weighs just 3.3 ounces and can be held comfortably by both right and left-handed individuals. It also includes a laser sensor for traditional desktop performance, and for those also in need of a matching keyboard, a wireless, low-profile set of keys can be purchased with it as part of a $149.99 bundle; the mouse alone sells for $99.99, and it will be made available in the coming weeks here in North America.