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03. 03. 2007

Logisys Optical Finger Mouse

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Fingers will no longer be meant for rings alone - what with computer mice wanting to adorn them too. Please welcome yet another innovation from Asia - the Logisys optical finger mouse. Using it is pretty straightforward. Just strap it on your index finger and move your finger around to move the cursor on the screen. Using the dual mouse buttons and the scroll wheel with your thumb, the rest of the mouse functions become accessible. As it's an 800 dpi mouse, it works on nearly any surface, except, as with all optical mice, reflective glass surfaces.

The obvious advantage of this mouse lies in the fact that it requires so little surface area and would be ideal in cramped places. Though it can probably help those suffering from RSI related injuries, I have concerns whether this would end up creating more stress on the index finger. The big negative for me is that this is a wired mouse. After I'm done with my work, I'm used to just moving away from my workplace. With this mouse strapped to me, one moment of forgetfulness has the potential to drag away my entire system along with me. Cost and the size of the mouse seem to have been concerns leading the manufacturer to go the wired USB way. While I wait for the wireless version, it may still be a good gadget to try out, especially given its low $20 impact on my purse.

Via Cool Hunting.

Posted by kanchana    Category: accessories
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Nice timing....you posted this three days after my RSI set in. The conventional mouse has been killing me at home and at work, I bet this little guy will help out substantially. Thanks!

Great idea! But, I wonder It will be really practical. I like to try it.

Doug Nelson:

Follow-up on my post: I bought the mouse, and it's not too bad so far. The added weight on the index finger isn't great, and the position of the mouse isn't what the photo led me to believe; you really have to place it on the desk, pointing straight down. Precision is great once the laser is close enough to a surface, the mouse itself is light and has a comfortable strap. I've found myself just using it on the palm of my left hand for most tasks, which is pretty convenient. Another downside is that the strap juts out from the bottom of the finger; enough to hinder typing on a regular keyboard and actually press extra letters on a laptop. I'm pretty sure I can trim the extra strap portion off, though. I'll see in a few days what the longer-term effects of using it with RSI are, but really, you can't be $20 for this thing, even with the downsides.

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