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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A New Take On Mouse Design

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 06:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/revi...laser-mouse.ars

"To use the mouse, simply place your hand over it. The swiveling base and higher design naturally adjust themselves to fit your hand, and it bends slightly back and forth as you work. It's hard to describe, but in practice it's almost startlingly comfortable; my wife and I both found ourselves using it with our laptops very quickly. The mouse is wireless, and it uses a micro transceiver that unobtrusively plugs into one of your system's USB ports. We tested the mouse on both PCs and Macs, and it worked great on both."

From time to time you come across a new way of thinking about a standard computer peripheral. Case in point: Smartfish Technologies has patented a new pivot system (ErgoMotion) which they have integrated into a new mouse design. The new design allows the mouse to pivot in almost any direction. The net impact is the mouse will allow your hand and wrist to assume a "Dynamic Neutral Position" as you move the pointer across the desktop. Smartfish believes the design is ergonomically advantageous, and has quite an impressive technical team behind the design. A video on the Smartfish website gives you more details on exactly how this works in practice. The company has both a notebook and desktop version of the mouse, and also has an ergonomic keyboard that sports a very flexible bevy of possible positions. If you read comments from people who have used the mice you will find a mixture of results, which is not surprising given that the new design may take some getting used to. If you have ever suffered from a repetitive strain injury, like I have, then you'll appreciate that getting used to a device like this might be well worth it. Hit the Read link for more information.


Friday, April 16, 2010

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cables?

Posted by Reid Kistler in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 05:00 PM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/1938...able_guide.html

"Everyone has had the experience of staring at the back of a machine, device, or gadget, scratching their head, gazing in bewilderment at some unfamiliar cable port. In this massive guide to the bizarre world of plugs and cables... we'll explain nearly every modern connector for computers, TVs, and audio equipment, including which ones to use when you have choices, and which ones you can easily adapt to fit others."

Until all equipment becomes wireless, connecting the gear in our Digital Homes will depend upon a variety of cables. PCWorld.com has put together a "Giant Cable Guide" intended to help sort through the various types of cables and connecting ports that might be found in the typical home. The Guide is broken down into five categories of cables - Display, Proprietary, Peripheral, Audio/Video, and Networking - and includes advice on preferences (e.g.: when possible, use S-Video instead of Composite Video), adapters / converters, and methods that can be employed to add additional outlets to a given type of port. I found the article somewhat basic (or skimpy) overall, but it might still be a useful reference.


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