Dutch Net Magazine

July/August 2001 edition

Page 12

A computermouse is a useful piece of hardware. Without it, you'd soon be lost in a Windows environment. The design of the mouse hasn't really changed in the last 30 years. Of course, there are alternatives (i.e. the trackball) which serve a small market, but a breakthrough of a possible successor has yet to happen. The invention of Ari Zagnoev from Australia might change that. Ari has developed a combination of a mouse and a keyboard. The biggest advantage: your hand doesn't have to leave the keyboard to grab the mouse. Just press a special key - which changes the functions of some keys to mousebuttons - and move the keyboard. Ari has a detailed website about his project. Tests show that the prototype combination mouse requires about 25% less force to move than the Microsoft Intellimouse.

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