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Video: Enter the Smartmouse
5/16/2013

The Ego! Smartmouse.   (Source: Laura Sapiens)
The Ego! Smartmouse.
(Source: Laura Sapiens)

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Elizabeth M
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The uber mouse
Elizabeth M   5/16/2013 6:19:14 AM
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Reading about all the functionality of the mouse was a bit dizzying so the video really helped put it into perspective. That's pretty cool! I personally don't think much of the mouse beyond what it has traditionally done for years, but this really ratchets up the possibilities of what it can do. The motion control/gaming aspect was especially fun to see.

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Smartmouse
apresher   5/16/2013 4:13:02 PM
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Excellent video. Interesting that more hasn't been done in development of better smarter devices such as this. Will be interesting to watch.

Cabe Atwell
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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:09:47 PM
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Elizabeth and Apresher,

If you haven't noticed, there is a big push happening in the HMI section of tech. With devices like 3D mice, Leap Motion's 3D sensor, and Microsoft's Kinect, we are poised to see new ways of interfacing with our devices of PCs. Nothing has really taken off much past the mouse besides the capacitive touchscreen.

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Security concerns
Mydesign   5/17/2013 3:42:19 AM
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"Some additional software-related features include: quick device-pairing via smartmouse camera and onscreen QR code, automatic login and access to favorite websites, and immediate access to cloud account upon connection."

cabe, from user point of view all such features are good and appreciable. But would you think it can maintain the security too? I mean unauthorized usage of the device by third parties.



Cabe Atwell
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Re: Security concerns
Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 3:04:27 PM
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Unauthorized computer use is always an issue, even without this mouse. I think security should always be applied. The real problem is someone might just steal the mouse!

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Re: Security concerns
Mydesign   5/23/2013 12:50:32 AM
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"Unauthorized computer use is always an issue, even without this mouse. I think security should always be applied. The real problem is someone might just steal the mouse!"

Cabe, exactly and I meant the same.

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Smartmouse
apresher   5/17/2013 3:50:21 PM
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Cabe,  I realize there are new innovations in this area.  What's surprising is how the humble mouse has maintained its position over a very long period of time.  Efficiency of movement is tough to beat, and low cost.

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Cabe Atwell   5/17/2013 4:28:34 PM
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I think the mouse has lasted so long due to fatigue. I used a pen style interface... it is as tiring as writing. I used Kinect on a PC... arms in the air can be tiring. I use tablets and phones... moving arms and fingers around bring the same thing.

The mouse on the other hand, my hand and arm just lay there. Only small movements are needed to perform a task. I think the new HMIs are battling a behemoth for the mainstream.

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Cadman-LT   5/17/2013 9:34:56 PM
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Cabe, as far as the security features, I wouldn't use them anyway. What I like is the Wii-remote style use of it. I have always wanted a mouse I could use in the air like that. Every time I pick up my wireless mouse I want to wave it around! I want this mouse. Thanks for the article.

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Cadman-LT   5/17/2013 9:47:33 PM
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I like the Leap as well, but I need a new mouse anyways and I think this could almost be both. Plus, as I said, I have always wanted a mouse to wave around. Also, I have a lot of computers and the fact that I could use it on all of them is a huge plus.

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Cabe Atwell   5/30/2013 12:16:55 AM
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Cadman,

Although a novel way of interfacing, I find using the Wii to be tiring – especially if I am tired.

I couldn't see hapless cubical workers wanting to tire themselves out with something like this.

I believe there are Wiimote hacks/mod that let them be used on a PC, ever try?

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Cadman-LT   6/17/2013 5:51:13 AM
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Cabe, I agree with it being tiring. As far as hacks/mods on a Wiimote....I don't own a Wii and probably never will. I'm a 360 guy. I can't see using a Wii remote all day(8hr day) that would be soooo tiring.

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Pubudu   5/18/2013 1:43:33 PM
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Cabe Thanks for the interesting article.

"and the ability to seamlessly switch from one computer to another with the same mouse"

What if there is a two computers close by?

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Pubudu   5/18/2013 1:49:46 PM
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Cabe, is this in the market for sale or still in the research level? If it is in the market what will e the retail price and where I can buy this mouse. 

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far911   5/19/2013 9:13:26 AM
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This is mighty impressive stuff. The features that really caught my eye is the VGA camera for authentication. I'm concerned about the price range of something this sophisticated though. They should make it affordable for the masses.

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Cabe Atwell   5/30/2013 12:22:44 AM
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Pubudu,

The mouse it up for pre-order right now. First deliveries are expected in June. So, head over there today and support their cause!

I would assume the between computers connectivity has a lot to do with device pairing. Microsoft Research did some work in this area. Perhaps exactly what the Ego Mouse uses.

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Pubudu   5/30/2013 12:54:30 PM
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Cabe, if this is introduced with a low price range it will be popularize with no time

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Cabe Atwell   6/11/2013 4:25:36 PM
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Pubudu,

It is already out. And it is at the $80 USD price point. It is almost 25% the cost of a Playstation 4, to put it into perspective. Do you think it is priced right?


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Pubudu   6/14/2013 1:27:14 PM
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Cabe, when compared with play station its reasonable, still I feel it is expensive to penetrate the market. I thought that it would be less than 50$.

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Cadman-LT   6/17/2013 5:54:23 AM
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Cabe, just replying to your cost question. I don't think $80 is too much really. I've payed more for less in the past.

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Ann R. Thryft   5/28/2013 4:03:41 PM
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I agree with your list, Cabe. Except I have "graduated" from the mouse to the trackpad, at least on an Apple, which is far superior for everything except the cut-and-paste movements required in editing copy. I still need a mouse for that.

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Cadman-LT   6/17/2013 5:45:43 AM
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Ann, you "graduated" from the mouse? Geez, I cannot stand trackpads. To each their own though...whatever works.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/17/2013 12:01:25 PM
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Cadman-LT, that's why i put "graduated" in quotes. I'm always amazed that some people's hands like trackballs, whereas they cause me a lot of pain. I'm even more amazed at how different our uses of input devices can be.



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Cadman-LT   6/18/2013 7:28:14 AM
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Ann, funny you mentioned trackballs. I know a guy that swore by them. I tried them and they hurt my hand too. I do have a cut muscle across the webbing of my thumb. I blamed it on that. As I said to each their own. I guess the mouse...I can rest my hand on it and it doesn't bother my thumb...especially over extended periods of time. Which is important. I never move my mouse more than ..ummm say 1/2" to an inch, some people might need to learn how to adjust their settings. Just because you have a large mousepad doesn't mean you need to use the whole thing! I think that is what my friend liked about the trackball, you didn't have to move it. As I mentioned, you don't have to really move your mouse much either.

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Cadman-LT   6/18/2013 7:33:34 AM
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What I like about that mouse is it's just a normal mouse when you want that. Then when you may want a 3D device for a few minutes for a presentation or some modeling, it does that as well.  Perfect.

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Cadman-LT   6/18/2013 7:36:44 AM
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I mean I like the LEAD, but it is a dedicated 3D device, so I for one...would still want a mouse. You would need one.

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Cadman-LT   6/18/2013 7:39:29 AM
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I think I said this before, but I'll say it again. Who has NEVER thought about picking up their mouse and pointing at the screen? It can't be just me.

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Cadman-LT   6/18/2013 7:42:32 AM
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Cabe, I thought about that price again. For $80 aren't you really getting two products in one? A good mouse and a LEAD will cost more than that.

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Ann R. Thryft   6/18/2013 12:21:21 PM
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So many people have told me I should use a trackball for my tendonitis, and are absolutely convinced it will solve my problem, but I have to say "thanks, but been there done that already." And I use my mouse a lot like you do: minimal movement for maximum effect.

Debera Harward
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EGO Smart Mouse
Debera Harward   5/17/2013 4:29:50 PM
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Ahan very interesting, uptill now i have only heard of smartphones but this is the first time i came across smartmouse its an excellent/portable technology. I guess it will make lifes easier for the gadgets freaks as they will just need to carry one smartmouse and  it will  fullfill majority of their requirements . I am confused regarding security i mean can smartmouse be locked the sameway as smartphone when stolen ?

Debera Harward
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SmartMouse
Debera Harward   6/17/2013 4:51:13 AM
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I am really excited to use this Smartmouse as WII remote as it will make life easier . All these new technologies are showing how much advancement is going on in this era . Majority of the things are becomming mobile and autonomous .Using a mouse as a data centre is an exciting idea as well . I am too anxious to use this mouse in actual .

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