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Old 11 January 2011, 18:41   #1
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Intel's Bob Duffy has posted the following on his blog: "At CES something caught me, I found it very difficult to find a computer mouse. Not that I wanted one, but as I went from booth to booth, demo to demo, the mouse was like an unwanted dinner guest, nobody told it to come. Game controllers, remote controllers, touch devices, and track pads were are there, but mouse was a no show. I was even tempted to create a contest... "find a mouse at CES"

I don't think this is by accident. CES shows off the latest and greatest technology. It's a window into our future and when it comes down to it, I don't think the mouse has much of a future, on ANY device. Will today's toddlers grow up and see old screencast videos from YouTube with a strange arrow that moves across a computer screen and wonder, "what the heck is that?"

I discussed this with a few people at CES and it generated some interesting conversations. Why do we have a mouse? Do we need a mouse? Could you have any application today with some tweaking and alternative input and go mouse free. Are there advantages of a mouse we can't get away from? (aka not needing to watch your hand, or crowd your viewing experience)

From a developer point of view I think this is an interesting challenge. Should you code any application for any device to be mouse free. Is there any situation, a task, a vertical environment that absolutely requires a mouse and a hover state. Could touch, tap, gesture, swipe, motion controllers and hand held remotes fill in all gaps? Is it time for the mouse to go?"
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I'm quite sure that both Logitech and Razer had booths in CES.
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Old 11 January 2011, 19:06   #3
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This guy's a moron, the mouse is essential to tasks on the PC, and gaming, touch screens will never replace the mouse for games or for easy navigation, If I had to poke at my monitor every 3 seconds I would have to shoot someone

The reason that you dont see mice at these things anymore is because theres not a whole lot left to do with the mouse, it is all it needs to be
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Old 11 January 2011, 21:03   #4
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Dear lord what an idiot. I guess all of those mice from Razer, SteelSeries and Logitech are just junk tech, right? Some people are just full of shit.
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Old 12 January 2011, 01:51   #5
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Old 12 January 2011, 18:14   #6
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The guy is looking forward and asking the tough questions.
Questioning the status-quo is how you progress forward.
The fact we have used mouses for almost half of a century does not mean we always will. Lots of devices have no needs for mices and the PC, which needs one, is quickly becoming a niche market.
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@Nono you get it :-) Yep I'm questioning the status-quo.
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Bob, you're a retard. Please don't be offended when I say this, but I'm really sickened over how disgustingly stupid people can get.

Do you know when the mouse will be phased out? Once humans stop using hands.
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lol exactly, computers are becoming a niche market? ha! their only in every single office building, workplace and home on the planet. So what? Every office and household is gonna switch to the ipad? lol For productivity and workflow mouse and heyboard will ALEAYS rain supreme.

Touch screen's and motion controlls are great for gimicey little devices that serve little more purpose then an extension of your PC when your away from home, for anyone that needs to use a computer for more then listening to music and looking at pictures the mouse and keyboard will never be replaced.
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I find it impossible to work on touch screens, speech recognition or/and any other stupid gadgets. in CES companies showed dumb gadgets/toys with a short lifespan that some people like to buy and throw away after some time.
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