Tuesday, June 3, 2008

What is an "Air" Mouse - (from Logitech / Gyration )

While digging into the differences between the Optical and Laser Mouse, I came across an Air Mouse from Logitech (Logitech MX Air™ Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse). This is really a laser mouse with an added feature -- Freespace™ motion sensing. You can pick up the mouse and move it in your hand. These hand movements translate to cursor movements on your screen. So, you can use it when listening to music to raise the volume, move to the next track, etc. from across the room (up to 30 feet - uses 2.4 GHz wireless). So, it looks like the mouse is starting act more like a Wii remote.

The Logitech MX Air™ Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse pictured below retails for roughly $150.

Besides Logitech, the only other Air Mouse I found was from Gyration (Gyration GO Pro 2.4 Optical Air Mouse). It looks to be pretty similar except Gyration claims to have a 100ft radius. Their version sells for just under the price of Logitech's.

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