Air Mouse Elite Moves Cursors In Midair, Don't Need No Mousepad - HotHardware
Air Mouse Elite Moves Cursors In Midair, Don't Need No Mousepad

Air Mouse Elite Moves Cursors In Midair, Don't Need No Mousepad

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.
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If you find this remotely intresting and have a iPhone or iPod touch go download this app

http://mobileairmouse.com/

Totally worth the $2.99.

Anyway I use this on my girlfriends touch and it works awesome for controlling a computer from across the room. I'm not sure that a stand alone air mouse would do better, but it would be more comfortable.

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I could definitely see more interactive gaming with this, if it's accurate enough.  You'd still have to deal with a keyboard, but it would make playing FPS easier on the TV from the couch.  Way out of my price range, but intriguing never-the-less.

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I think it would be great for presentations and maybe some interactive 3D environment apps. Not so much for gaming. Accuracy would be a big concern.

I remember back when the early days of internet multiplayer games (gather round kids, uncle Evil's got a story)...

I was getting totally PWNd in Subspace. I was a *gamer*, with great hardware, and I was getting my ass _handed_ to me. A few hours into it I realized: my expensive Microsoft flight stick with a half-dozen programmable buttons (bought primarily for other flight sims I played) just could *not* be physically moved from right to left as fast as a kid could flick his thumb on a cheap d-pad controller. I bought a d-pad, and immediately started winning battles.

The moral, I learned, is that a control with more features isn't always "better"; Simplicity is the most powerful feature.

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Which is why I could never see using something like this

When I game online I use a logitech G5 with 2 side buttons. One for talking and the other one for pulling out my melee weapon. I turn my sensitivity up and move half a centimeter to do a 180 because for real reaction time is what it's all about.

 

On a side note though I think this would be great for a home theater PC.

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Hehe... Actually, that Razer is another great example of the simplistic solution winning out over the newer tech for performance reasons.

(Look for what it has that most newer mice do not)

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3vi1:
(Look for what it has that most newer mice do not)

No sensitivity settings? Idk honestly.

I do think that maybe those buttons would work if they had different sizes or like a bump on one like the home row of a keyboard. I could see my thumb getting lost and having to look down.

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bob_on_the_cob:

3vi1:
(Look for what it has that most newer mice do not)

No sensitivity settings? Idk honestly.

I do think that maybe those buttons would work if they had different sizes or like a bump on one like the home row of a keyboard. I could see my thumb getting lost and having to look down.

Psttt...  the "low-tech" cord!

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3vi1:
Psttt...  the "low-tech" cord!

I thought this one was like the mamba where the cord came off when not charging. Looks like I was wrong after checking the site. I have gotten used to the cord on my G5, but honestly I really do love a cordless mouse. I realize that I am a minority with gamers.

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