Nowadays computer users utilize a number of pointing devices, including mice, trackballs, touch-pads and pointing sticks. All of those devices have been evolving for many years and in our time each of them is pretty much tailored for particular usage model determined by applications that are utilized by their owners. For example, trackballs are used by designers, mice with loads of programmable buttons and with ability to regulate weight are used by gamers.
It is not surprising that there are not only a lot of types of pointing devices, but they all are somehow specialized: personal computers are getting increasingly more popular and from universal device they transform into special-purpose products. But while there are mainstream users with typical demands, there are also users with special demands. For example, there are keyboards with integrated trackballs and Apple recently released a touch-pad for desktop computers.
But what about ability to use a mouse during an interactive presentation on stage without any surface? Maybe some PC games will get even more exciting once controlled using a motion-sensing device? The company called Gyration recently released a family of mice with integrated motion-sensing technology. Today we are taking a look at Gyration Air Mouse Elite, the company's flagship model designed for office users.
But before checking out the mouse that can sense motions and still work on various surfaces, let's quickly overview the history of computer mice in general and try to guess whether motion-sensing can become an important feature of pointing devices.