Feeds

Logitech makes touchy feely mice

The force is strong in this one

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Taking a lead from gaming hardware, Logitech has produced a new optical wheel mouse that will respond physically to the texture of an image it's pointer rolls over. The response is generated by a motor inside the mouse.

Logitech says that it will activate a part of human intuition that has not yet been tapped by the computer industry.

The mouse is designed around TouchSense technology and software licensed from Immersion, including their high-fidelity Inertial Harmonic Drive engine.

This is basically force feedback technology - the same thing that gives arcade rally car steering wheels a feel of reality. The idea is that as you roll your mouse pointer over the screen, the various function buttons will produce a response in the mouse that you can feel.

Immersion has also produced a software kit that will allow web developers to incorporate the multi sensory effects into their designs.

Two iFeel mice will be available initially, based on Logitech's MouseMan Wheel design: the iFeel MouseMan, and the slightly less groovy iFeel Mouse. These will retail at $59.95 and $39.95 respectively. Both available in a kind of shiny blue, they will be for sale on Logitech's site and through various distributors from September.

Logitech's main rival in the hardware arena, Microsoft, has decided against force feedback mice, saying that consumers find them too distracting. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
prev story

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The hidden costs of self-signed SSL certificates
Exploring the true TCO for self-signed SSL certificates, including a side-by-side comparison of a self-signed architecture versus working with a third-party SSL vendor.