Yes! It's the vacuum cleaner mouse!
It really sucks (you're fired - Ed)
It isn’t often that Register Hardware gets the opportunity to say just how much a product sucks, so this time we’re going to milk it. Japanese gadget specialist Thanko has created a mouse that’s also a minature vacuum cleaner.
Thanko's mouse looks pretty normal, until...
Built into the 62 x 115 x 40mm mouse is a dinky vac that sucks up crumbs, dust and fingernail clippings through a small hole in the rodent's base. Becuase the mouse is much smaller than a regular vaccum, Register Hardware doesn’t imagine that you’ll be able to collect much grime at a time, but at least it lets you multi-task by sucking while you work.
...you lift its lid to reveal a vacuum cleaner's innards
A small filter is built into the wrist-end of the mouse, which should make emptying the mouse’s contents a breeze, whilst a switch on one side lets you switch the vacuum on and off.
Powered through a USB 1.1 connection, the mouse also has the two standard buttons and a scroll wheel. It’s got a sensitivity of 800dpi.
If you want to start cleaning up your act, then the vacuum cleaner mouse is available through online retailer Geekstuff4you for around $30 (£15/€22). Attachments are sold separately...
Why make a hoover out of a mouse when you can make a mouse out of a hoover? My USB mouse packed up a few days ago and, even at the peak of fitness, never helped tidy my desk.
I'm going to customise the cleaner's Henry vacuum cleaner (which must be about ten years old and to my knowledge has never broken down) so I can rid the office of all dust and paperwork within a ten yard radius whilst I work.
i fail to see the point, its takeing convergence a step to far,
Just imagine the noise in an office with a hundred or so of these going at any time, and how annoying would it be if the person on the next desk started vacuuming it while you were in the middle of a call?
Nah sorry, these cause too much noise pollution for use in a large office, so really would end up being nothing more than a "niche" product.
Whiteboard marker scuzz
I'd love one of these for work. My office has draconian security policies about proper disposal of paper notes, so the whole calll center uses miniature whiteboards in place of paper and pen for those moments you need to jot something down and take it over to someone else.
The result is constant writing/erasing/rewriting, which leaves these disgusting little black flakes of expended ink all over. I have to wipe my desk down twice a day to have it look halfway clean, and the opposite shift rarely returns the favor (and steals my markers to boot).
Unfortunately, that same security policy forbids personally owned mice and keyboards, so I'll have to go without...
Hmm... Why are you trying to remove all of your DNA off the keyboard...