The optical MouseTalk weighs 67 grams, has a cable length of 110cm, will interface via USB and USB2.0 and will sell in Japan for JPY7980 (US$70). It requires Microsoft Windows XP Professional or Home Edition or Windows 2000 Pro and can be had in black, white, blue, silver/grey and leaf green.
When you’ve finished the call close the mouse and it becomes an … err … mouse again.
If there’s a downside, it’s that if we had to stop working every time we were talking on the phone, Gizmag would have far less stories – let’s hope Sony develops a version for us multi-taskers. On top of that, we kinda like the hands-free headset for using any type of telephone, though some people will no doubt always relate to the telephone as a hold-it-to-your-ear device.
Despite these obvious drawbacks, it is a cute idea.
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Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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