Gyration, maker of motion-sensing products, has produced what could be the ultimate travel mouse for anyone needing to give presentations, or for those who want to use their computer in the living room from the comfort of their sofa.
The Air Mouse Mobile is a pocket-sized wireless device that can be used to control a PC or Mac. It works like a standard mouse when flat on a desktop, but can also be used in mid-air while you are standing up and giving a presentation, for example.
Users switch to air mouse mode by activating a trigger on the underside of the device, which changes over from a standard LED sensor in the base to a motion sensor, similar to those used in game consoles such as the Wii.
As well as the normal left and right mouse buttons, the Air Mouse Mobile has three configurable buttons on top that can be programmed by users for functions such as moving to the next slide in PowerPoint, for example.
The supplied MotionTools software also supports user configurable gestures while used in the air. For example, users might swipe up to zoom in or switch from one application to another. There is an on-screen keyboard for text entry too.
Gyration said the Air Mouse Mobile's motion sensor makes it comparable in precision to a standard mouse when used in the air, and gives users more freedom to stroll around when giving a presentation, or simply to use their computer from up to 30 metres away.
The Air Mouse Mobile is powered by 2 x AAA batteries and uses a 2.4GHz USB receiver dongle that stows away into a slot in the mouse itself when not being used. It is priced at £59.99 and will be available with a week or two from Amazon.com and resellers such as Misco.
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