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Hook Yourself Up With the Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Under $100

A reader writes: I've taken to plugging my laptop into my HDTV when watching Hulu, streaming Netflix, or when I'm tired of squinting at my tiny screen. Unfortunately, I've discovered my arms are not long enough to reach the keyboard and touchpad when I'm laying on the couch. I need a wireless keyboard and mouse that will let me not only take charge of the Netflix queue, but also bang out an...

Recyclable Bloom Laptop Comes Apart in 2 Minutes, Without Tools

Taking your laptop in for repair typically involves long lines, condescending tech support workers and hefty bills. With a new prototype laptop called Bloom, however, conducting open hard-drive surgery is so easy, a 10-year-old could do it. Created by a group of students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University, Bloom can be completely disassembled within just two minutes, and with...

History of the Pixel, 'Contentric' Tests Your Mouse Dexterity

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. Artist Simon Cottee explains the history of the pixel, gaming, music and art in the new documentary 'PIXEL.' [From: Simon Cottee, via: Boingboing] Test your mouse...

Analysts Suggest Keyboards and Mice Heading for Extinction

If Gartner is to be believed, we are nearing the end of the keyboard and mouse age and entering one ruled by touch screens. According to Gartner, 50-percent of all the computers purchased between now and 2015 by children currently 15 and younger will have touchscreens. The study goes on to say that consumers and educational markets will be the first big adopters of the technology, as older workers...

Thanko's Speaker Mouse Puts Plastic-y Music in the Palm of Your Hand

Serious audiophiles know that music truly sounds its best when muffled by the palm of your sweaty hand as you navigate through your work day. Thanks to Japanese manufacturer Thanko and its newly announced mouse with an integrated speaker, we can listen to tinny tunes without having to clutter our desks with speakers or headphones. Thanko's mouse also includes a microphone, allowing us to relive...

Corky Mouse Generates Kinetic Energy but Won't Stop-up Wine Bottles

Forget about replacing your wireless mouse's batteries every month, and sate that eco-conscious urge that makes you want to ditch the Duracells and go green. Designer Adele Peters has created the Corky mouse, which is powered via piezoelectric elements within the gizmo's body. With every movement, click, and wheel scroll, kinetic energy is created and stored by Corky, eliminating the need for...

Puyocon: Perfect Peripheral or Japanese Junk?

Puyocon is an innovative pointing device developed by the Entertainment Computing Laboratory of Japan's Tsukuba University. We're not sure, though, whether that innovation represents an evolution or just a bizarre mutation. As opposed to a standard mouse, which relies on a 2-D plane to interact with your computer's similarly 2-D interface, Puyocon moves in three dimensions. Incorporating 14...

A Depressing Pictorial History of the Infamous Apple Mouse

Apple gadgets have definitely been racking up the awards and accolades as the Aughts tick down. The company has been producing devices for over 30 years, though, and not every design has experienced the raging success of the iPod. One of those poorly-received items has unquestionably been the Apple mouse. Even though Apple may have helped introduce the mouse to the personal computer, its...

Spherical Jelfin Mouse Covered With Layer of Gooey Comfort Gel

With Repetitive Surf Injury (RSI) costing companies piles of cash, a premium's been placed on providing a comfy mouse. Some designs have been misguided, but that hasn't stopped a deluge of scroll-laden devices that hit the market each year. Now, just in time for Christmas, Jelfin has introduced its newest product that claims comfort over all else -- even sacrificing aesthetics for it. For just...

Why We Won't Be Switching to Touchscreen PCs Anytime Soon

Touchscreens are all the rage when it comes to hand-held devices. People are getting excited about touchscreens on netbooks, and they're quickly becoming a must-have feature of cell phones, too. Yet, when it comes to desktop PCs, touchscreens have failed to make much of an impact. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington found himself wondering why even he ends up reverting to the mouse and keyboard...

Apple Updating the Mighty Mouse?

Fresh off the disappointment of no-shows like The Beatles on iTunes, a Mac tablet, and an iPod touch with a camera, the Apple rumor mill has toned it down a bit this go around and set its sights a bit lower -- the Mighty Mouse. Debuting in 2005, the Mighty Mouse's reception was, at best, lukewarm. While it was the first Apple-branded mouse to support right-clicks (through its touch-sensitive,...

Gift Guide: Intelligent Design Titanium Mouse

Intelligent Design Titanium Mouse (Style-o-Phile, under $2,500) What do you get for the computer fiend who has everything? A diamond-encrusted motherboard, or a gilded monitor bezel? There's no need to be so flashy, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for generic crap, either. The Titanium Mouse by Intelligent Design (€800, or about $1,200) positively oozes class and minimalist...

Heated Mouse Pad Keeps Your Fingers Toasty

In keeping with our legal requirement to cover every piece junk that plugs into a USB port, we present you with the heated USB mouse pad. With the winter months quickly kicking into gear, those of us with substandard heating in our homes and apartments will be looking for ways to stay toasty while sitting in front of our PCs. Of course, wrapping yourself in blankets and drinking cup after cup of...

Microsoft BlueTrack Mice to Work on Wider Range of Surfaces

Yeah, so we might have forced Microsoft's hand into announcing the fall Zune lineup a day early, but nothing can upstage the pure excitement of the Say Goodbye to Laser campaign -- awww yeah, the BlueTrack mice are official today. The new tracking tech uses a (surprise!) blue beam and wide-angle "specular optics architecture" to work on a wider range of surfaces than traditional optical or laser...

Analyst Predicts Computer Mouse Obsolete in Five Years

As you may have noticed, we're not ones to put much stock in analysts' predictions, especially when they involve the demise of something as entrenched as the mouse in as little as five years. Still, that's the limb Gartner analyst Steve Prentice has walked out on, sort of. While he first qualifies things a bit by saying that the mouse "works fine in the desktop environment but for home...