WarMouse plans to ship a multi-button office application mouse by February next year. The outfit said it would start taking orders for the pointing device, which comes loaded with 18 chunky programmable buttons and is intended for use by OpenOffice.org fans and gamers, next month. OOMouse features a shedload of inputs. The 18 …
That is the most ridiculous device I have ever seen... including Doug Engelbart's five-key "chorded" keyboard replacement idea from ca. 1972, which worked by typing binary ASCII codes — and which was downright simple-looking compared to that monstrosity!
"Let's see... to do function X I need to upper-centre-right-double-click".... why do I already have a migraine?
That's all "No". It looks shit, will probably feel shit and is has a wire. Urgh. Like their interface, this mouse looks like "Attack of the Worst of the 90s". They should spend less time feckin' around with crap like this and more time ironing all the simple, and bloody annoying, bugs in their software.
April fool ?
Less is more.
I just had to check that it isn't April 1st? What a strange piece of kit.
I hope they provide one without the really naff logo, though.
This is the only article I've seen which hasn't commented on the aesthetics of the device and felt the need to point out that it's not a joke.
It's a nice idea, it's just a shame they've managed to make something which looks so bloody awful.
It's not included and you don't have to buy it.
There is nothing wrong with a wire though.
Wireless mice are pointless waste of spectrum. I've had many problems with mouse over last 20 years, the wire isn't one of them.
I'd be surprised if this is popular. A tad too many buttons. but then I never use F1 to F12, Pause, Break, Scroll Lock, Sys Req on my keyboard.
Insert, Home, end rarely used.
The key the menu and key with a window are never used.
AEOHNRTS "left Shift" are starting to fade a bit on this 8 year old keyboard.
More buttons = more user friendly, right? That's what I learnt from OpenOffice.
Obvious practical joke...
Why in the name of Satan and all his little imps (TM Blackadder) would I want a mouse with almost as many buttons as a keyboard? That really looks like an RSI special - you should be giving your mouse hand a break, not making even more tiny repetitive motions. Interesting opposing viewpoints though, an Apple mouse with 0 buttons (at least visually) and that thing with a lot. Think I'll stick to a penpad.
What about us arthritic old geezers? I can barely deal with two buttons - add a scroll-wheel and I'm fucked.
Why not just put a couple of roller unders the keyboard then we could enjoy a 104-button mouse.
Probably works ok, looks old and shit.
Funny how you can use that to describe both OpenOffice and the Open ffice Mouse..
Did they really have to make it as clumsy as OpenOffice? Haven't they heard of Keep It Simple Stupid
..where do I plug in the nunchuck?
@Big Yin: The Wire
I have to say I love wired mice. Nothing worse than a cacky wireless device that manges to cache the input instead of interupting and getting it done right away! I am sticking with wires until that never, ever happens again.
Also batteries for the fail.
The office mouse has been done before
And far better by A4Tech: http://i1.lelong.com.my/UserImages/Itemsemail@example.com
Great to use though even then I could not be bothered to add in any additional button functionality because, fankly, it was not worth it. I can see some people may use more but this OO one is just ridiculous.
I just set one of the side buttons as PTT button in teamspeak back in the days when SWG was worth playing.
My first PC only had 512k system memory, now the pigging mouse has that!
Looks a bit bulky, but would be interesting to play an FPS with it.
Not Enough Buttons
I want an optical mouse built in to the underside of my keyboard. I an a Linux user and I want a huge mouse that needs two hands to operate it. Maybe I want a printer built into it too. I'll get back to you on that.
Looked at the photo
I feel sick
7 months late / 5 months early
...obviously, but it still gave me a hearty laugh.
That's the dumbest thing I've ever seen. It looks like it should be called Fisher Price My First Mouse or something.
And a wire? That's so early-90's.
That looks bad. I can see why more buttons would be useful, but that looks terrible and doesn't appear to be very usable. Judging from the ridiculously high price, they don't expect to sell very many.
I think Sun should stick to designing server hardware, or should hire an external design team that know what they're doing. They took an excellent idea and did THAT with it :P
Aimed at gamers, really?
"Adjustable resolution from 400 to 1,600 CPI"
So by gamers they mean people who play solitaire and the odd the odd facebook game then
It's ugly and dirty, and perfect.
This reminds me of the 'nuts and bolts' system used by us aircraft-carriers to keep tabs on the aircraft on various parts of the ship (presuming that isn't just a urban myth); build something which does what it's supposed to and does it well, estetics can go f itself.
I don't know about using it in an office application where I'd imagine you would use the keyboard more than the mouse, but I'm sitting here wondering if I could use this with Photoshop, and how much time I could save by not having to go into the bloody menu for every option (clone this, paint over that, cut this, pipette that colour, burn that, etc).
Not to mention once I got used to it I would no longer need that pesky selection menu = more screen realestate for me to work on.
Seriously, give adobe a call and get support out of the box for this for their next iteration of their creative suite.
Jobbie, because a 1 button mouse is not a graphic designers best friend.
Looks like the joystick is on the left...
Right where the palm of a left hander would be (Yes I do use a mouse left handed - right hand on keypad for spreadsheets.)
So I hope they are doing a left hander version.
Icon - well this is discrimination! I demand a left handed thumb up and thumb down icon!
Welcome to the 90s, OOo
Will they discover wireless next? Ooh and then invent an ergonomic mouse that curves with your hand...
They've invented... the keyboard.
Arrgh - My Eyes!
Will it be known as "The carpaliser"?
Put it back in, it's not done yet.
"intended for use by OpenOffice fans and gamers"
If you drew a venn diagram of those two groups you would find maybe one person who belongs to both.
That looks horrid, and as ergonomic as a bog brush. I will stick to a Razer thingy for my gaming thanks, and tend to use keyboard shortcuts for word processing...
Re: Paul Brain, Less is More
Excellent. That's means I have shit loads of money!
That would kill me
After 27 years of computing my mouse hand is only a few years away from retrirement on the grounds of RSI and CTS. The latter is far worse than CTS and why I use a vertical mouse.
The OOMouse is hideous and for the sake of RSI and CTS should not be considered. As much as I love Sir Clive Sinclair why did they ask him to design it? (That was sarcasm)
Be afraid. Be very afraid
or horrified , sick , to your pick. Might burn well
You kind of spoiled it with the quote supposedly from OOorg which talks about using Excel spreadsheets...
@wireless mouse twonks
I guess all you IT professionals out there don't use KVM's then...
What's a "mouse"?
bring it on
I am so excited, I love OO. I have already planned the profile I will use with it though, the 8 buttons on the left will be "select" and the 8 buttons on the right will be "context menu".
I am trying, honest!
I so want to believe them, but why do they have to make it extraspecial difficult? With the emphasis on cult.
"if you drew a venn diagram of those two groups you would find maybe one person who belongs to both."
Agree, totally different demographics, however that still leaves a huge group of people who will want the mouse to maximise the opporutnities of evangelising to people nearby about how much more productive they are with open source software, and another even bigger group who want to be able to select "attack opponent with turnip enema" and "jump while looking left" and reloading weapon at the same time without needing to take the hand off the mouse. In which case it could sell in some numbers, even if it does look like the lvoe child of a scroll mouse and a ZX80.
Why not just put an optical sensor under the keyboard then?
Stupid OOo, fix your dodgy crap software first!
It's like they've built a monument to why open source software usability sucks. How OpenOffice can want any involvement in this and then expect their UI design chops to be taken seriously is beyond me.
I love this
"And with just a click of the second button of the third row on the right hand side *click* I've switched to the oh, wait, sorry that only works in OODraw, let me just undo that with a *click* on the BUGGER!, no that was my fault, I knocked the joystick.. *click* and... *click* just a sec... *click* and there you go, rectangle tool selected!"
Not for a few years actually. Now I use Synergy+ over SSH.
And seeing as OOo is a desktop app, I don't see that you'd really be using this monstrosity of a pointing device in an area where you'd need a KVM, or where something like Synergy+ wouldn't actually be better.
My dislike of wired mice is my personal choice; you are free to have your own choice.
No need to get all upset about it.
Who, how, what???
Design by committee, perhaps?
This is the first mouse I have seen that needs a mouse to operate it.
When I saw a picture of this at the end of last week, I thought it was a spoof.
Please tell me it's not so! :|
I was caught hook, line and sinker until I read the price. 75 bux for a corded mouse? Totally unbelievable. Who'd pay that in this day and age?
Do yourselves a favour and pull the price out of the article. It ruins the joke.
I kinda like it
I hate switching between keyboard and mouse as input device for my right hand. This seems to be not a bad idea to solve this.
I approve of this product and/or service
What? It's good!
How can 52 simultaneous on-mouse commands possibly not be good.
Only thing is the colour scheme...does look a bit naff.
Lose the branding, and make it black or wenge with silver or chrome detail and I'll buy it tomorrow...