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Logitech launches Wii Mote-like 'in-air' mouse

Wave it around or put it on a desk, the choice is yours

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Updated With a rather ostentatious claim that "the future of PC navigation starts now", mouse-maker Logitech today unveiled an input device that's as at home being waved around in the air as it is being pushed around a desk.

Logitech MX Air wireless mouse
Logitech's MX Air: you point, it clicks

Called the MX Air, this mouse owes more than a little to Nintendo's Wii Remote. According to Logitech, the MX Air allows users to "select and play media files with just a flick of the wrist" thanks to the mouse's "effortless in-air navigation" and "gesture commands".

Logitech MX Air wireless mouse
Logitech's MX Air: wireless remote control

Logitech wants you to think of a fancy TV remote control when you use the sleek, contoured MX Air this way. The rodent is wireless - courtesy of the company's own 2.4GHz technology rather than Bluetooth - and comes with a system-side recharging cradle. The mouse itself has dedicated play/pause, volume, mute, back and select keys in addition to the usual buttons and - in this case - scroll keys.

Logitech MX Air wireless mouse
Logitech's MX Air: dedicated media keys

Logitech may claim the revolution "starts now", but you won't be able to get your hands on the MX Air until August, when it goes on sale across Europe and the US. Expect to pay $150 (€109). Brits will pay £100.

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