We've seen plenty of compact PCs in the past, but few as tiny as the Mouse-Box. This new invention from a team of Polish engineers packs a fully-functioning computer into a mouse that you can hold in your hand. All you need to add is a screen and a keyboard and you're ready to start work, get online or launch a presentation. The Mouse-Box is currently at the prototype stage and its makers are looking for funding to bring it to production.
Its level of portability is a huge selling point, because if you're going somewhere with a monitor or projector available, then all you need is a pocket rather than a laptop bag.
Inside the mouse you get a 1.4GHz dual-core ARM CPU, 128GB of flash storage, two USB 3.0 ports, a micro-HDMI output and Wi-Fi connectivity — not bad for something so tiny. There's not much room for your programs and files, but as Chromebooks have proved, huge amounts of local storage aren't always necessary for something that you take on the road. The group is also working on a matching mousepad that can double as a charger while you're using the Mouse-Box.
If you want to just use it as a normal mouse, then that's fine too. You could take it into work and then switch between your work PC and the Mouse-Box with a button press, for example.
The prototype is fully functional, but the Mouse-Box team is looking for a manufacturing partner to be able to produce the device commercially. Given its specifications, it's likely that the finished product would run a lightweight OS such as ChromeOS or Linux, but no further details have been divulged just yet. Another unknown is the price, though the developers have gone on record as saying the Mouse-Box will be available cheaply and across the world, funding permitting.
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