Say goodbye to the computer mouse

By | September 18, 2008

It’s nearly 40 years old but one leading research company says the days of the computer mouse are numbered.

A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years. Taking over will be so called gestural computer mechanisms like touch screens and facial recognition devices. “The mouse works fine in the desktop environment but for home entertainment or working on a notebook it’s over,” declared analyst Steve Prentice. He told BBC News that his prediction is driven by the efforts of consumer electronics firm which are making products with new interactive interfaces inspired by the world of gaming . …

So just how ready are people to wave their hands in the air or make faces at devices with embedded video readers? Gartner’s Mr Prentice says millions are already doing it thanks to machines like Nintendo’s Wii and smartphones like the iPhone. “With the Wii you point and shake and it vibrates back at you so you have a two-way relationship there. “The new generation of smart phones like the iPhone all now have tilting mechanisms or you can shake the device to do one or more things. “Even the multi-touch interface is so much more powerful and flexible than in the past allowing you to zoom in, scroll quickly or contract images.”

For those who lament the demise of such tried and tested pieces of hardware, Mr Prentice did concede that the keyboard was here to stay for the foreseeable future. “For all its faults, the keyboard will remain the primary text input device,” he said. “Nothing is easily going to replace it. But the idea of a keyboard with a mouse as a control interface is the paradigm that I am talking about breaking down.”bbc

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