Goodbye, Mouse


The computer mouse’s days are numbered, according to a Gartner analyst interviewed by BBC:

A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years. Taking over will be so called gestural computer mechanisms like touch screens and facial recognition devices. “The mouse works fine in the desktop environment but for home entertainment or working on a notebook it’s over,” declared analyst Steve Prentice.

“You’ve got Panasonic showing forward facing video in the home entertainment environment. Instead of using a conventional remote control you hold up your hand and it recognises you have done that,” he said. “It also recognises your face and that you are you and it will display on your TV screen your menu. You can move your hand to move around and select what you want,” he added.

“Sony and Canon and other video and photographic manufacturers are using face recognition that recognises your face in real time,” he said. “And it recognises even when you smile.” “You even have emotive systems where you can wear a headset and control a computer by simply thinking and that’s a device set to hit the market in September.”

I rejoice at this news. Mice are just another way to get carpal tunnel, which heavy computer users battle on a daily basis. And there is no point to having a mouse in an entertainment setting. Looks like Neurosky is right on the money.

I wonder who’s going to win the upcoming mouse-replacement wars.

I also can’t wait until computers can read and record thoughts, so that writers no longer need keyboards…