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dec 14, 2008

orbita mouse

the first computer mouse recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. while the basis design of the mouse hasn’t changed there is still lots of room for improvement. one of the latest mouse designs which aims to add something new is the cyber sport orbita mouse. the circular mouse functions the same as any other mouse but can additional spin 3600 degrees. this features allows the user to scroll, adjust controls in video and audio editing programs or spin around in cad programs or games. the wireless mouse can be used for many applications and definitely adds something to the design of the mouse.

http://www.orbitamouse.com

via engadget

  • but i thought we have been there before. when the first generation of imac came out, they came with these circular mouses that were a pain to use. no, literally, they were painful to use (many complained about the pain on their wrist after using them for hours because of work). apple final went back to the conventional oval shape for obvious reasons.

    now, can someone tell me why anyone would bring circular shaped to mouse again for any purposeful reasons?

    Edmund says:
  • Humm fixing things that aint broke, not the best idea in the world.

    and in terms of CAD I have full axis control just with the movement of the mouse, spliting up the axis and putting one on the wheel and two on movement would just slow the whole process down.

    Gimicware.

    Kinl says:
  • Edmund:

    There is a very good reason why it is circular shaped, so you can spin it. It’s a new (and I think very much improved) way of scrolling.

    Peyton says:
  • besides pain, the spherical mouse by apple had another problem; because of the round shape people didn’t have a reference in what position the mouse was; so would often move the cursor in the wrong direction. A more rectangular shaped mouse provides this feedback, a spherical mouse lacks this; try working with a round mouse, its annoying. I like the SpaceNavigator method better, use (with your dominant hand) a regular mouse for precision tasks such as moving the cursor around, and use ( with your other hand) the SpaceNavigator for tasks such a scrolling, zooming, panning, etc. etc.

    patrick says:
  • In response to Patrick,

    I read that this mouse is equipped with a built in compass so it can self-orientate, which means no cursor problems. Plus the design is ergonomic, so no pain either. Personally, I’d rather a mouse that can do it all like the Orbita over a combination of input devices.

    Will says:

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