Computer Mouse Facing Extinction

Within five years, computer industry experts believe the mouse will be extinct due to obsolescence. This common PC peripheral is doomed to be replaced with touch screens and facial recognition.

According to the BBC, vice president and Gartner Fellow Steven Prentice, credits new motion control innovations like those used in Nintendo’s MotionPlus for the Wii and Apple’s iPhone are driving the mouse out of business.

“With the Wii you point and shake and it vibrates back at you so you have a two-way relationship,” said the analyst.

“The new generation of smartphones like the iPhone all now have tilting mechanisms or you can shake the device to do one or more things.”

“For all its faults, the keyboard will remain the primary text input device. Nothing is easily going to replace it,” he said. “But the idea of a keyboard with a mouse as a control interface is breaking down.”

Gaming Today has covered a few innovative uses of the PS3 Eye and the Wiimote for head tracking in conjunction with PCs for desktop virtual reality displays. It’s not hard to believe the PC industry would implement it’s own version to compete with consoles.

via PC Authority

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12 Comments on Computer Mouse Facing Extinction


On July 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

F this!! If the mouse died then we PC gamers wont be able to play FPS or any other GAMES!!


On July 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm

This is a total load of crap. I actually sent that idiot an email about this already, I’ve yet to get a reply.


On July 21, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Remember when NASA said we’d have people headed to Mars by 2020? Oops. Even though stuff sounds like it could happen, it’s hard to get people to drastically change that much in such a short amount of time.

Davn Kincade

On July 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm

Agreed, the mouse is still an extremely useful and simple tool ( not to mention inexpensive compaired to a touch screen) the mouse may go away eventually…but not anytime soon.


On July 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Im not leaving my mouse any time soon.


On July 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Yeah, and in 10 years The Clingons from Yeranus will conquer the world riding in a turdmobile… :mrgreen:

walking darkly

On July 21, 2008 at 1:50 pm

I have one of those $80 MX Revolution cordless mouses from Logitech, it’s going nowhere any time soon or in the far flung future unless a psychotic cyber ninja monkey pirate jumps through my window and cuts it in half while stealing my bananas.


On July 21, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Ummm, yeah, and they also said our TV would be replaced by a computer around 2005. Yes, there is more TV to computer interaction, but that prediction was 100% wrong.

The mouse is such a wonderful device, it will take an enormous leap to replace it anytime soon. Between my KB, mouse and N52 SpeedPad, I’m covered.


On July 21, 2008 at 9:38 pm

They also said that Y2K would destroy the world.


On July 22, 2008 at 2:10 am

that ust an urban myth they use to sell those bracelets


On July 22, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Skull-duggery and poppy…


On March 27, 2013 at 10:33 am

hey, it’s five years on! NONE OF THESE THINGS HAPPENED.