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Think Apple's Magic Mouse - reviewed here - is the acme of input devices? You may have to think again. UK tech company Cambridge Consultants has announced what it claims is "a whole new way of interacting with computers" - a squeezable controller. Dubbed Suma, the rugby ball-shaped gadget responds to a whole-hand grip and the …

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I have a 3D input device.

It's called a Space Navigator and would be fine for interacting with 3D menus if only the company would write generic drivers for it.

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And something new?

I made something a little like this in 1986, except that it converted the finger squeezes into speech, rather than mouse movement. Battery, speaker, Z80 processor, memory, speech chip and five touch buttons fitted into a semi-rigid tube, described by some as like sqeezing a toothpaste tube (and not much larger). Nice research toy, but not enough dumb people in the UK (the target market) to make it into production. The battery life was pretty bad as well (about 10 minutes if I remember correctly)

Nice to see the boffins catching up at last!

My coat is the one with a wind up radio in the pocket - 'O' level Craft Design & Technology project 1981

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Try?

Now all they need to do is lose the cable and make sure it bounces when thrown against the living room wall....

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Ah, yet another...

solution to a problem which does not exist.

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Paris Hilton

Squeezable ?

I'm amazed nobody has linked this story to the one above it about porn on an android phone. Let me be the first. Can you plug this in to your android mobile ?? Paris - is she squeezable ?

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Make it ergonomic

I want one button per finger and thumb.

And different size mice for different sized hands.

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Anonymous Coward

Crucially

Does it squeek when you bite it?

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