Evolution of the Apple Mouse
teoz at neo.rr.com
Tue Sep 28 11:29:33 CDT 2010
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From: "Jules Richardson" <jules.richardson99 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: Evolution of the Apple Mouse
> Liam Proven wrote:
>> On 28 September 2010 08:18, Joost van de Griek <gyorpb at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The Magic Mouse works exactly the same as the Mighty Mouse when it comes
>>> clicking: there's a single switch for detecting the clicking motion,
>>> there's a capacitive surface that detects where your fingers are on the
>>> mouse surface and interprets the click as a left or right click,
>> Weird. I've Googled this and in essence, you're right.
>> I'm not saying it's weird you're right! I'm saying it seems a weird
>> way to do it, to me. 2 microswitches would have been easier than a
>> single one and a sensor to tell where your finger is.
> Art over functionality, by the sounds of it. I'm surprised they can make
> it work in all weather conditions and for all skin types (or in any kind
> of trade business, where it's not unknown for employees to quickly pull up
> stuff while still wearing gloves)
> (I'm not sure I like the whole 'gesture' concept either - if you're
> starting to introduce that level of complexity, maybe it's simply the
> wrong tool for the job, and some other - possibly as-yet-undeveloped -
> input device would be better)
The gesture concept makes sense for small portable devices with limited CPU
power. For desktop users I don't see why they cannot design something that
tracks what you are focusing on with your eyes and use that for a cursor
while having a few buttons on your keyboard you can mouseclick with (hands
never leave the keyboard, no mouse needed).
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