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