The end of the humble mouse?
"Computer mouse heading for extinction?"
Computer mouse heading for extinction?
So do you favour a Razer Lachesis, Logitech G9 or are you more of a SteelSeries Ikari kind of guy/gal? According to an interesting article, the humble mouse as we know it may be nearing the end of its era. Industry analysts are suggesting that the mouse is being increasingly usurped by touch screens and facial recognition, and as a result they are forecasting the demise of the mouse within the next 5 years.
Gartner said that innovations from electronics firms creating new interactive interfaces for gaming and smartphones are driving the demise of the mouse.
Steven Prentice, vice president and Gartner Fellow, told the BBC that devices such as Nintendo's MotionPlus for the Wii and Apple's iPhone point the way to the future, offering greater accuracy in motion detection.
"With the Wii you point and shake and it vibrates back at you so you have a two-way relationship," said the analyst.
"The new generation of smartphones like the iPhone all now have tilting mechanisms or you can shake the device to do one or more things."
But the news is not all doom and gloom, the keyboard it appears is here to stay.
"For all its faults, the keyboard will remain the primary text input device. Nothing is easily going to replace it," he said. "But the idea of a keyboard with a mouse as a control interface is breaking down."
Personally, as long as there are games developed for PC the humble mouse will never die. What are your thoughts?
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