CES 2006: business-card sized, Bluetooth-enabled mouse that stores and recharges inside your laptop’s PC card slot
By Mike Hanlon
January 3, 2005
January 4, 2005 The MoGo is designed for road warriors who don’t like bulky, full-sized, mice, but also hate laptop trackpads and trackpoints. Now we all know that a mouse is a very personal thing, so this may not be a solution for everyone, but it’s a very good idea and one which is worthy of every road warrior’s attention. The mouse which fits snugly in your palm when you’re using a desktop often takes on quite different proportions and becomes a pain in the butt when you’re on the road, never seeming to fit nicely in your bag, and constantly getting tangled. So having a PCMCIA-card sized mouse that stores and recharges neatly inside your laptop computer’s PC card slot when it’s not being used is very useful on the road. For us, the Bluetooth-enabled functionality is a clincher. Whatsmore, the MoGo Mouse recharges in less than an hour so there are no batteries to be replaced.
The MoGo Mouse BT comes from a new company named Newton Peripherals, which aims to deliver user-friendly solutions to mobile computing challenges. The announcement of the new mouse was made in advance of the Consumer Electronics Show, starting this week in Las Vegas, where Newton Peripherals will be demonstrating the MoGo Mouse BT at the Broadcom pavilion. (Convention Center South Hall 4/35781).
"I've been a road warrior for years. And I've always found carrying around a mouse to be a real pain because of its size," said Matthew Westover, Newton Peripherals' CEO and President. "I've always refused to carry an external mouse because I don't have room in my bag, but the moment I saw the MoGo Mouse BT, I instantly knew it solved my problem, and would solve others' frustrations about using computer mice on the road."
MoGo Mouse BT features patent-pending optics and a system that automatically levers the mouse up into your hand as you work. Based on the most advanced Bluetooth technology available for wireless mouse applications, the MoGo Mouse delivers unsurpassed power performance and highly robust wireless performance. The BCM2040 single-chip Bluetooth solution from Broadcom integrates radio, baseband, firmware and several key application-specific electronic components onto a single-chip, contributing added reliability to the MoGo Mouse design.
Most important, however, is that its unique design gives it advantages over any other mobile mouse on the market today. MoGo Mouse BT is ergonomically friendly and intuitive to use, right down to the two indentations on its top that clearly enable left- and right-clicking. A "kickstand" locks into place, automatically levering the full-width MoGo Mouse BT into a natural position in the user's hand, making its operation that much easier. MoGo Mouse BT sells for US$69.95, a price comparable with other Bluetooth-enabled mice, and is available through Newton Peripherals' authorized distributors. It is also available through the company's worldwide network of channel partners and direct marketers.