The Mice That Didn’t Make It

By  |  Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Mouse TroubleOnce again, I’ve been happily wallowing in old documents at Google Patents. This time, I emerged with a bunch of patents for mice and other input devices–none of which had the impact that their creators hoped, and some of which are downright bizarre.

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  1. tom b Says:

    Lotsa the designs assume people want a lot of buttons, a key pad. It’s kind of like the Blackberry hold outs you see today– more physical keys does NOT equal better, dudes!

    IMHO, for a mouse, 1 button used to be best. Web browsers were the first app that made me want a second button (I use a Kensington USB; trackwheel; two buttons; optical; wired right now); some 3D work benefits from 3+ buttons– but most people just don’t DO that.