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Will multi-touch interfaces spell the end of the mouse?
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Firm makes one billionth mouse
A Silicon Valley company has hailed as a major landmark the production of their one billionth computer mouse.

Logitech's description comes at a time when analysts claim the days of the mouse are numbered.

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vancam
Dec 03, 2008
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orbistertius
Dec 03, 2008
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I hadn't really thought of that, but it does make some sense.

But doesn't it assume that there is no way to utilize the new technology to make an intuitive control system? I mean, a mouse and a keyboard is hardly the most obvious choice for simulating a gun hands and feet.

I don't really know how they would use a milti-touch interface to that end, but then, I probably wouldn't have figured out our present fps control system either.

 
vancam
Dec 04, 2008
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Augmented reality software and peripherals will allow for a wider variety of UIs to be developed but judging by the high distribution of "classic" games like tetris I think you are right on to believe the mouse still has a good lifespan left.

 
obviouschild
Dec 03, 2008
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Yes, if they can produce a method of control that is quick, precise, reactive and intuitive. Currently that is not the case. But that does not mean it will always be that way.

 
f145h
Dec 05, 2008
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I don't think touch UI will dominate, but the mouse may become extinct. Touch UI can't mimic first-person shooters, but neither can a mouse really. Sort of a bias opinion because I am a console gamer but the controller is more appropriate for shooters in my opinion, and there are controllers and such for PC.

The mouse will evolve into something spectacular I'm sure. But the original species will be rubbed out. :)

 
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unlabled00
Dec 03, 2008
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As a PC gamer I'm going to go ahead and say no... I'd prefer to play my first-person shooters in the Mouse + WASD ways of my predecessors.

 
jonjax71
Dec 03, 2008
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rats and mice will survive even a nuclear blast.....

 
frankiej4189
Dec 03, 2008
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I hope not. I just got myself an iTouch and it's cool an all, but the touch screen tech is dreadful for typing and using the internet.

 
unlabled00
Dec 04, 2008
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I'll give you that :) although with new technology like the Novint Falcon having a very slow start despite its impressive utilization of force-feedback to create a feeling of TEXTURE in what you're interacting with I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for something besides a fake gun and a hook-up to my brain that makes me want to ditch my gaming peripherals :P

 
capitalizt
Feb 15, 2009
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No, the multi-touch interface will not kill the mouse. it is not as well designed as a mouse. it will take something more in the way of psychic technology to control the system, and that is years off.

 
masterthief117
Jan 31, 2010
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The mouse is an integral part of any computer system. Most touch displays are clunky and require large range of movements to perform a task. What is failed to consider over on the "yes" side is that people are inherently lazy and want to do the least required work for a task as possible. A mouse allows you to move just your wrist whereas a multi-touch screen would require both arms and both hands working in an orchestrated fashion.

In short, until the day when controlling the cursor with the mind becomes more main stream, then the mouse is going to stay.

 


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