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The Swedes were claiming the development of the world's first Bluetooth mouse at CeBIT 2000 this week.

C Technologies, jointly owned by founder Christer Fahraeus and Ericsson Mobile, said it was looking for OEM partners to manufacture and brand the product – currently a prototype.

The C-Mouse will have all the normal mouse functions, as well as being able to create shortcuts to the Internet and PC applications via a locator-grid mouse pad.

The product will also act as a scanner when run over printed text.

Magnus Manhem, sales and marketing VP at C Technologies, said the mouse would not be on sale for at least a year.

Cost would depend on who made the product, but Manhem said the product would have a maximum price of $100 to ensure it remained "attractive compared to other mice on the market".

He refused to say which vendors the company was in talks with, only that there were "several PC manufacturers" interested in the deal.

"Our major target is attracting licensing partners and vendors. But there is nothing that I can reveal today," he said.

"One of the major obstacles at the moment is the availability of Bluetooth. It will be a year or two before it will generate volume."

Four-year-old C Technologies has sixty staff and is based in Lund, Sweden. It was also the creator of the C-Pen - a scanner and translator. ®

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