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HasanDaddy
Apr 26, 2003, 05:28 PM
Hey dudes ---

Looprumors has a diagram of a very neat looking mouse, with an internal 15/30 gig HD built in

I got my money on this device.....with that kind of mouse, you could operate a Cinema Display without having to hook it up through a tower or DVI-laptop!



swahilibill
Apr 26, 2003, 05:52 PM
sounds like ************ to me, I dont even get what the hell it is...

arn
Apr 26, 2003, 06:11 PM
I don't believe it.

arn

Rower_CPU
Apr 26, 2003, 06:14 PM
A mouse w/ an internal HD???

Makes no sense to me.

mangoduck
Apr 26, 2003, 06:18 PM
that would have to be the heaviest mouse ever.

and no, you couldn't "operate" a display with it. not without a logic board and processor, graphics card, some kind of wireless video transfer device (meaning something faster than gigabit ethernet), a battery, and other things. i doubt they're going to get a whole computer to fit into a mouse for that purpose. maybe in 5-10 years at least.

plus, i just don't see it as apple's style. the more you try to make with combo devices, the worse the quality of each part, which is why i don't care for them in general. the hd would be tiny, would be awkward to use as an mp3 player, there's way better wireless phones out there than what you'd have to squeeze into that thing, mousing would be a chore, and it would use too much power.

i say, fake-o.

HasanDaddy
Apr 26, 2003, 06:30 PM
hmmm...

well....I would buy one (if that changes anything)

:D

rainman::|:|
Apr 26, 2003, 06:37 PM
i think not.

at first i thought it was just rediculous... but if you think about it, there are potential applications (however limited)... if you were in a multi-mac environment, like a school or rotational office, you could give one of these to each person, it would have ALL of your data (and settings) on it, and since it's an input device, you couldn't use a Mac without it (eg authorization). plus the iPod/cellphone would give you a reason to keep it on you.

still, i don't believe it. it's way too narrow of a user base... i mean, no one would buy one for their home computer...

i think someone just heard about the iPod-like rotary mouse and took it too far-- "if there's a rotary dial, it must have an iPod INSIDE it!"...

:rolleyes:

pnw

NavyIntel007
Apr 26, 2003, 06:54 PM
What a joke, there are people that still believe Apple will release a phone.

howard
Apr 26, 2003, 07:17 PM
thats the stupidest thing i've ever seen

dstorey
Apr 26, 2003, 07:48 PM
however unlikely, i think it looks so cool. Instead of just buying an ipod you get a bluetooth wireless mouse and a mobile too. The question is would the HD fit in something the size f a mouse, well I dont have a iPod but i remember thinking they are smaller than they look and my M$ mouse is pretty big really (standard scroll wheel one). The benfits are of course that you don't have to carry a mp3 player and a mobile, just one device, you get to keep your important files with you at all times and can send them via your phone to wherever you want without transfering them. You get to keep the mouse you are comfortable with, ith you all the time (without having to lump a mouse round with you, very useful if you have a lap top (and can be used as a disc with your laptop via the ipod firewire cable. Solves the recharge problem with bluetooth as it gets recharged when your recharging your iPod anyway as its the same device. It also gives you a reason to have a bluetooth mouse except for just the looks of having no cable clutter. Maybe it could be used for automatic log ins too...if you have your mouse/ipod then its you so let you use your account...if its stolen then report it to the computter and it disables the auto log in's. Move away from the computer and it log's out and saves your work. Then it can act as a remote for bluetooth enabled things like the sony ericsson clicker thing, like controlling next gen tv's, hi fi's, and lights etc.

Like I said, its not likely, but it has a lot of uses, a lot of features that could save time and definatly got a 'why didn't i think of that' thing about it. now wether a mouse casing is big enough to fit an ipod (ipod os is probs good enough to fit all phone os functunality in it and the processing of the button, scroll and optical sensor), mouse optical sensor and phone keys and ariel is another matter, i thin its maybe possible as long as the hd fits. I'd buy one if i could afford it unless maybe a bluetooth mouse came as standard and i wasn't gonna buy a iPod anyway. What would be really killer is if it could fit airport in it for faster data transfer while away from the computer but mainly so it could comunicate further away from the computer, then it could be a remote control for the whole house.

Odox
Apr 26, 2003, 08:04 PM
HAHAHAHAHA oooh man..

Lets just say it was real?

I wouldn't really want to use my new ipod as a mouse and get it scratched up now would I?

Pfft..

Mr.Hey
Apr 26, 2003, 08:53 PM
Its an iPod, Mouse and Phone...... ROTFLMAO....this person is a complete IDIOT,,, another freaken SpyMac:D

BlainKBanquier
Apr 26, 2003, 09:15 PM
and if you want to use the phone AND the mouse you just lean down real close to your desk and talk?

Xcyridus
Apr 26, 2003, 09:33 PM
Originally posted by Mr.Hey
Its an iPod, Mouse and Phone...... ROTFLMAO....this person is a complete IDIOT,,, another freaken SpyMac:D


Hehe, yea it sure sounds like it. :p

cubist
Apr 26, 2003, 09:51 PM
I have to agree, it makes no sense at all. It would be very heavy for a mouse, big and heavy for a phone, and cumbersome for an iPod. It would be cordless for mousing (bluetooth, right?) but would be connected to firewire for music and charging. So how would you select songs in iTunes while it was connected to firewire? Ah... with your keyboard only...

Well as long as we're fantasizing, I'd like a GPS receiver in mine too. (Wouldn't a lot of mouse movement cause gyroscopic effects on the spinning hard disk? Wouldn't the headset cord interfere with mouse movement?)

DHagan4755
Apr 26, 2003, 09:56 PM
Here's a side by side of a mouse and an iPod for some perspective...

http://homepage.mac.com/davehagan/mi2.jpg

http://homepage.mac.com/davehagan/mi1.jpg

DaedalusDE
Apr 26, 2003, 09:58 PM
while this doesnt make any real logical sense at all, look at what happened for the last major release, people suspect smaller and larger powerbooks, and people thought that was total ************* too... now im not saying that theres a good chance that this...err... thing will be released, but there might be some slight amount of truth in it... hey we never know

Raiwong
Apr 26, 2003, 10:21 PM
HEY thats a neat idea!!!

year of the laptop!! I remember how I laughed at the rumor of the 17 inch portable

I just though of it when I saw the mouse next to the guys titanium laptop, it could work.

Since now I have an ibook when you go out I need to bring my ipod, mouse and thumdrive, plus mobile phone thats 4 things all sizable

WHAT MORE IS BETTER then putting it all together into one, if there was about 10 GB space or 5 GB it would be good enough for music storage, file storage and phone storage.

After being a Phone,ipod and PDA it could become a mouse for laptops!!!, you guys forgot that optical mouse needs to be used ona a smooth surface and apple is likely to shield the surface with a polycarbonate plate.

ITS a very cool idea if they made it reality, also the ipod I have is about the same size as a mouse...

also if it carried settings, it could link laptops and desktops together so the two machines have exact same profiles plus

everything through your mouse....including a phone...very cool....

Raiwong
Apr 26, 2003, 10:30 PM
oh did I say how cool it would be if your computer recovered from sleep when you walked near it :P

Raiwong
Apr 26, 2003, 10:32 PM
Also I don't see how the power drain would be excessive, ipod runs off a hard disk decently, a mouse and phone addition without a color display won't add alot of power drain

and it will be the cutest device in the world

remember steve jobs " we believe in all in ones" and macs are basically all in ones

jimjiminyjim
Apr 26, 2003, 10:49 PM
While I'm usually supportive of some outrageous rumors, this one...

I don't have the words for it.

sawaguchishinji
Apr 26, 2003, 10:56 PM
Originally posted by DaedalusDE
while this doesnt make any real logical sense at all, look at what happened for the last major release, people suspect smaller and larger powerbooks, and people thought that was total ************* too... now im not saying that theres a good chance that this...err... thing will be released, but there might be some slight amount of truth in it... hey we never know

But this device it's a lot different than a notebook(something that you'd buy).
They wouldn't bundle these devices due to technical reasons.

Raiwong
Apr 26, 2003, 11:05 PM
I still dont see the technical reasons

Awimoway
Apr 26, 2003, 11:10 PM
Unsanitary--why would I want to put my mouth next to something I've been sliding all over available surfaces?

Yecchhh!

sawaguchishinji
Apr 26, 2003, 11:12 PM
http://www.looprumors.com/iPodPhoneMouse.jpg

And look how the "mouse" will work. When I use the mouse the "telephone" would be face-down, scratching all the keys.

Raiwong
Apr 26, 2003, 11:28 PM
oh well.....but hey its apple

rainman::|:|
Apr 27, 2003, 12:06 AM
Originally posted by sawaguchishinji
http://www.looprumors.com/iPodPhoneMouse.jpg

And look how the "mouse" will work. When I use the mouse the "telephone" would be face-down, scratching all the keys.

fairly obviously, the keys would be recessed-- there would still need to be a plastic ring for the mouse to actually sit on. otherwise you couldn't drag it across a surface.

:rolleyes: i don't know why i'm defending this damn fake-ass thing...

hey, lets all get drunk and make up some good rumors...

:)
pnw

sawaguchishinji
Apr 27, 2003, 12:13 AM
Originally posted by paulwhannel
fairly obviously, the keys would be recessed.

I think that recessed keys in a cell would be an industry-first. :D

AndrewMT
Apr 27, 2003, 02:05 AM
Cool! More untested long-term radiation effects beamed directly on my hand!

The device seems interesting at first but then you realize the obvious conflicts an mp3 player and a phone would have with a mouse. I suppose a headphone/microphone could be linked through one cord, but that cord would probably get in the way while you are using the mouse. And, to my knowledge, current bluetooth headsets would not have very good quality compared to a cheap pair of in-ear headphones.

bwawn
Apr 27, 2003, 02:08 AM
Although I think this is completely fake (especially the fact that someone is STILL trying to push the Apple cell phone idea... phone over computer/network, that's a different story) I think this could actually be a handy device (minus the idea of making it a fully-functioning iPod). Aside from the fact that the mouse would more than likely plug into a Firewire port rather than USB, it's a cool way to be able to sync between computers. The mouse has a tiny 1.8" hard drive inside which lets it act as a portable drive. Every computer uses a mouse, so why not make it so plugging one mouse between two computers automatically syncs files? It would be seamless, hidden from the user, and completely natural. And, if some kind of phone over IP solution came from Apple, the idea of this being a phone as well would be kind of cool, although it would annoying since you wouldn't be able to use the mouse while talking on this phone. OK, scratch the idea of this acting as an IP phone.

But still, although I consider this a completely false idea, it is kind of cool to think of a mouse acting as a portable back-up/syncing hard drive to make everything seamless and hidden from the user.

theaz
Apr 27, 2003, 02:26 AM
LoopRumors seems willing to publish anything...

sparkleytone
Apr 27, 2003, 02:29 AM
Originally posted by theaz
LoopRumors seems willing to publish anything...

jeez. i thought at one point in time apple rumors was a semi respectable mix of prognostication and educated guessing. now its just crap.

i guess we can thank MOSR and Spymac for that. i will never forgive the iWalk. ever.

solvs
Apr 27, 2003, 05:07 AM
But no way. I think they're combining 2 rumors.

New iPod, and iMouse?

BaghdadBob
Apr 27, 2003, 05:58 AM
Originally posted by Raiwong
oh did I say how cool it would be if your computer recovered from sleep when you walked near it :P

Yeah, they have a device for that, it's called a PC :D

dstorey
Apr 27, 2003, 06:04 AM
Originally posted by AndrewMT
Cool! More untested long-term radiation effects beamed directly on my hand!

The device seems interesting at first but then you realize the obvious conflicts an mp3 player and a phone would have with a mouse. I suppose a headphone/microphone could be linked through one cord, but that cord would probably get in the way while you are using the mouse. And, to my knowledge, current bluetooth headsets would not have very good quality compared to a cheap pair of in-ear headphones.

The thing is you don't really need to listen toan ipod when at a computer...it could just sync to the mac and play from there through the speakers or plug your headphones into the mac...ok, it's nice to have the choice I guess, but it's not that mega important...surely the iPod is mosly used while away from the computer except maybe with a laptop. The radiation point is true though....I guess i'd really like one of these even if I do think its fake.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Apr 27, 2003, 08:29 AM
Actually.. I'm a believer... The worst part would be to get the harddrive small enough, so the mouse wouldnt be to big..

Gus
Apr 27, 2003, 11:20 AM
Originally posted by Awimoway
Unsanitary--why would I want to put my mouth next to something I've been sliding all over available surfaces?

Yecchhh!

Yeah, no kidding. This is the first thing I thought of.I am usually very supportive of even the craziest idea, (sparkleytone, I LIKED the iWalk, he he), but this is just a dumb conversion of ideas. One of the functions needs to go before it'll even begin to be believable.

And it's ugly.

Regards,
Gus

Laurent
Apr 27, 2003, 11:38 AM
Websites like SpyMac and Loop Rumors are VERY important! Since they don't filter the information, it's up for their readers to beleive what they want. Readers that are tired of reading about things that never turns out to be true (and less time on their hands) will prefer reading Mac Rumors, which is good also!

Regarding the idea of a communicating device, I like the idea of keeping your home folder with all your personnal documents and emails wherever you go. Computers would turn out to be meres phone booths, which is funny since those (phone booths) are beginning to disapear everyday.

pyrotoaster
Apr 27, 2003, 12:08 PM
It's absurd to the point of hilarity. It sounds like a late April fools joke, like Macwhispers "PowerPod" gag (which was actually quite funny to read).

1. Apple won't make a cell phone.
2. Apple won't make a cell phone that can be used as a mouse.
3. And an iPod as a mouse? Man, LoopRumors, how insane are you guys? (their insistance that Apple will make an Audrey-like device comes to mind here)

Sure, Yao Ming would be able to wrap his hand around this thing in a commercial, but the average user would have some size - and weight, and shape - issues with something like this.

Like I said, it's so absurd, it's pretty darn funny.

timbloom
Apr 27, 2003, 01:36 PM
I won't say the possibility of a phone from apple is outrageous, but a phone in a mouse is just a bad idea in general.

I talk on the cell phone while I use the computer all the time. I would also look really dumb in public talking on a mouse.

T'hain Esh Kelch
Apr 27, 2003, 03:07 PM
I'll be laughing of you guys when this turns out to be true.. ;)

Gus
Apr 27, 2003, 05:47 PM
Originally posted by T'hain Esh Kelch
I'll be laughing of you guys when this turns out to be true.. ;)

I'll laugh at myself AND Apple if this turned out to be true. I mean, really, a mouse/phone/iPod combo?

Regards,
Gus

prosaic
Apr 27, 2003, 05:54 PM
hey, what about this: maybe the "mouse" bit is a little creative interpretation on someone's part. perhaps the device described is an apple-branded mobile phone with an internal hard drive for ipod-style data mobility. maybe the form factor only looks like a mouse, with a rotary scroll wheel on the back.

Raiwong
Apr 27, 2003, 06:02 PM
It could be possible for it to be a mouse, the phone will be accessed via ipod like headphones and microphone with remote control.

BaghdadBob
Apr 27, 2003, 06:43 PM
And maybe it's an iPod/cellphone synced with your homefolder that has USB throughput for your mouse and recieves mesages and iSyncs wirelessly that you can configure in .mac.

Maybe the headset you would hook up to it doubles for the phone, and utilizes web- and home-phone capabilities that will not only be routed from your iCell # but will also find you via webphone at whatever location you've plugged the device into a computer.

And maybe...just maybe...the original idea is SO RETARDED that it leaves way too much room to speculate -- enough to make it sound like there's something sensible going on here.

Just another 2 of mine...how many cents is that now?

mangoman
Apr 27, 2003, 09:08 PM
This whole idea is about as dumb as a mud fence.

beatle888
Apr 27, 2003, 09:37 PM
oh yeah, i want a mouse/ipod/phone/CD BURNER!!!!! damn how can they leave out a burner? thats lame. i think it will most likely have blue tooth, obviously, but what about firewire 800? OH and what about VIDEO? could you imagine if it worked as a traditional pen too?

mim
Apr 27, 2003, 10:00 PM
mangoman: I have one thing to say to you..

http://www.durango.com/rammedearth/

mangoman
Apr 27, 2003, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by mim
mangoman: I have one thing to say to you..

http://www.durango.com/rammedearth/

You DO know that it's an old expression, don't you?

Nonetheless, I checked out the link. Very interesting stuff.

mim
Apr 27, 2003, 10:14 PM
While I think the drawing is a load of poo, and the whole mouse idea is so naff it makes me laugh - it would actually be pretty easy to add phone functionality to an iPod. The 'pod already has a screen, a decent battery (lol), updatable contacts list, d-a converters (and there's no reason the new ones wouldn't have a-d converters...). All that's required would be a bluetooth headset, or wired earphones/mic.

I have my 'pod on me >all< the time. I'm sure most other people do too. If there was a mobile phone in there that I could use via a neat bluetooth mic/speaker stick...then that would be a pretty much perfect tool.

I'd imagine that if the 'pods had bluetooth, then you could use them as a remote control device for presentations, etc in much the same way the eri-ony phones are now.

The loop-rumors interpretation is plain dumb. But they may have muddled an otherwise good rumor.

<edit: ok, I just re-read this, and I know someone's going to be picky.....to add phone functionality you'd need antenna, wires, blah blah blah, as well as the 'talking into heary-speaky magic earwig'. But my point is there is minimal extra gear to get into the current enclosure) - and mangoman: yeh, I knew. That splat was just the sound of my wit falling flat on it's face. I'll be less cryptic next time ;) >

sawaguchishinji
Apr 27, 2003, 10:21 PM
Originally posted by mim
it would actually be pretty easy to add phone functionality to an iPod. All that's required would be a bluetooth headset, or wired earphones/mic.


Not that simple. Another board to make or receive calls and a bluetooth module.

mim
Apr 27, 2003, 10:29 PM
Not that simple. Another board to make or receive calls and a bluetooth module.

Yeh, ok. I just edited my post in regards to this.

While I've no idea if it's true, I would guess that the 'pod processor and board could do the job of iPod >and< phone. The bluetooth module is probably the biggest space hog, but I'm sure lith-ion batteries have improved in space since the original 'pod design.

So the 'pods wouldn't get smaller, just stay a similar size and have added functions.

sawaguchishinji
Apr 27, 2003, 10:35 PM
Originally posted by mim
Yeh, ok. I just edited my post in regards to this.

While I've no idea if it's true, I would guess that the 'pod processor and board could do the job of iPod >and< phone. The bluetooth module is probably the biggest space hog, but I'm sure lith-ion batteries have improved in space since the original 'pod design.

So the 'pods wouldn't get smaller, just stay a similar size and have added functions.

An iPod disassembled (http://www6.tomshardware.com/mobile/20021003/ipod-01.html)

mim
Apr 27, 2003, 11:08 PM
hmmm...it's pretty damn tight in there.

Anyway, I was just speculating. And although I think multi-use items are pretty lame (i'm still dubious of the whole camera-phone thing - anyone got one?), mixing up two audio devices that have almost exactly the same physical and useage requirements is a pretty sensible step.

So, I'm not waiting for it....just saying it shouldn't come as a suprise if it does happen.

requies
Apr 27, 2003, 11:44 PM
there are many reasons why this is not going to happen... but the one i thought of first:

i want everyone to stop what they're doing right now. pick up your mouse and look at the bottom. unless you're a crazy neat freak there's gonna be some gunk there. now imagine that's what you put up against your face to use it as a phone. :D

mim
Apr 28, 2003, 12:26 AM
the cellular underside in the drawing is actually a scouring pad.

It's an iPod - Kitchen Scrub - Phone

And it's great for kids. If they swear on the phone, it washes their mouth out with soap.

SubGothius
Apr 29, 2003, 07:17 AM
I see the point of this gizmo as being, "Hey, as long as we're talking about an enhanced iPod w/ real PDA+phone functionality, why not allow it to function as a bluetooth mouse, as well?" Think of the portable mouse+HD angle as "bonus" uses for an iPod-PDA-phone, since the size is about right for all of the above anyway.

That said, LoopRumors' rendering seems to take some artistic license in illustrating the concept. However, I got to thinking about the issue with nasty desktop debris building up on the phone side of the gizmo as rendered, as well as wondering how they'd manage to work in the "mouse {body} is the button" approach, and I came to this:

How about a clamshell (flip-open) iPodPhoneMouse (damn, need a catchy name for this gizmo -- PowerPod, anyone? %^), such that pressing the closed clamshells together acts as a "click". Think of adding iPod-HD, PDA, and mouse functions to something more along these lines:

http://www.applele.com/hiphone_r03b.html

Jaykay
Apr 29, 2003, 12:04 PM
That is such an awful idea - i cant see steve asking ives to make him "a really heavy and very unuseful mouse".....

mangoman
Apr 29, 2003, 01:08 PM
"Howbout this? Howbout that?"

Howzabout a picture of my ass! That'd be more useful at this point.

:D

macdong
Apr 29, 2003, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by dstorey
however unlikely, i think it looks so cool. Instead of just buying an ipod you get a bluetooth wireless mouse and a mobile too. The question is would the HD fit in something the size f a mouse, well I dont have a iPod but i remember thinking they are smaller than they look and my M$ mouse is pretty big really (standard scroll wheel one). The benfits are of course that you don't have to carry a mp3 player and a mobile, just one device, you get to keep your important files with you at all times and can send them via your phone to wherever you want without transfering them. You get to keep the mouse you are comfortable with, ith you all the time (without having to lump a mouse round with you, very useful if you have a lap top (and can be used as a disc with your laptop via the ipod firewire cable. Solves the recharge problem with bluetooth as it gets recharged when your recharging your iPod anyway as its the same device. It also gives you a reason to have a bluetooth mouse except for just the looks of having no cable clutter. Maybe it could be used for automatic log ins too...if you have your mouse/ipod then its you so let you use your account...if its stolen then report it to the computter and it disables the auto log in's. Move away from the computer and it log's out and saves your work. Then it can act as a remote for bluetooth enabled things like the sony ericsson clicker thing, like controlling next gen tv's, hi fi's, and lights etc.

Like I said, its not likely, but it has a lot of uses, a lot of features that could save time and definatly got a 'why didn't i think of that' thing about it. now wether a mouse casing is big enough to fit an ipod (ipod os is probs good enough to fit all phone os functunality in it and the processing of the button, scroll and optical sensor), mouse optical sensor and phone keys and ariel is another matter, i thin its maybe possible as long as the hd fits. I'd buy one if i could afford it unless maybe a bluetooth mouse came as standard and i wasn't gonna buy a iPod anyway. What would be really killer is if it could fit airport in it for faster data transfer while away from the computer but mainly so it could comunicate further away from the computer, then it could be a remote control for the whole house.


I wouldn't say so.
Ok, so I have to hold a mouse that is 1.5 times bigger than my hand? and imagine holding that "cell phone" and talk to your boy/girl friend for half an hour. Ouch.

SonicSamurai
Apr 30, 2003, 03:40 PM
Okay, I'm beggine to be the Odd man out here, but this is an absolutley great idea. People have been bee-yotching for a bluetooth mouse for a long time. So here's a bluetooh mouse. But then everyone and their grandma has to have a cell phone. So you have that. Then EVERYONE has GOT to have an iPod, so we carry that arround as well. Then there are pretentious/busy people out there that make good use of a PDA, so they lug that around.

That means, if I want to be el Mac Ninja with my PowerBook, I am not only carrying the book itself, but FOUR OTHER ITEMS, that are small and easy to drop and loose.

Here's Apple. First, we take a mouse. It has a board in it, with some optical technology, and that's all well and good, but it certainly dosent take up all the space. So let's add a transciever, and a keypad at the bottom, and make it a cell phone. Hmm...add a second board, but that's about all we can fit so far...

Enter Motorolla. Apple brings in a suprise mystery guest. We've all heard it said or commented on before - they dont concentrate on clock speed. They concentrate on imbedded systems and low power usage. Which is PERFECT for this. Now, we can intergrate all this stuff onto ONE circiut board! If we add enough memory and a decent processor (like the Motorola Dragonball proc, perhaps?) , then we can have some REAL PDA functionality on that board, too. Motorolla even has the TESTED and PROVEN technology to make a good cell phone, not to mention cell phones that do other stuff. Slap a nice, but not extravagant display (maybe like the iPod's, maybe a bit more in color, who knows?), and you have a lot of goodies in a mouse body.

Then there's the hard drive. That COULD be a problem, but seeing as how I would have NO problem putting my hands around something as big as my powerbooks harddrive, it'll work. Thay can get these things smaller than THAT, which was fine anyway.

Add some companies that make nifty holsters, and now you're just carrying your notebook computer. The mouse is in a holster and takes care of the rest. You are now free to shake hands, open doors, and flip people off.

Not to mention , that, if you like connecting to the internet with your bluetooth enable phone, now you can do it with your MOUSE. EVERYTHING uses ONE bluetooth connection.

As for charging, just add a firewire port. It would need this to even be part iPod anyway. Give charging it no more thought than your iPod. Add a headphone port, and you're set! That's two little holes at the front and embedded buttons at the bottom. A scroll whell on the back/top , near the mouse buttons (you might think that's strangs, but grab your mouse and pretend....it would actually be kinda comfortable.) rounds out the deal.

As for the gunk.....there are ways to fix that......sometimes reallly simple ways. I dont even see how this is an argument, as the phone would be a NUBB (opposite of a flip phone). Whenever I use a nubb, the mouthpeice never gets NEAR my mouth...that's what flip-phones are for. That, and also you fools must have some really dirty surfaces in your homes....

Ahhh..that was a nice rant. I wouldn't rain down upon this you guys. I remember you all speculating over a white plastic enclosure a few weeks back saying it was a small mac tablet. How do you like your iPod dock? HAHAHAHA!

I'm not saying this thing is going to get made but it SHOULD.

P.S. What the heck happened to thinking different?

ajkandy
May 1, 2003, 11:37 AM
I think people are jumping to conclusions about what this is. I think it's just a revamped optical mouse.

While people might mistake the grid for cell phone buttons, the little diamonds between them looks way more like a plastic optical diffuser, like car taillight housings - or maybe it's a multi-lens element like a fly's eye. Obviously this is an optical mouse - that might be for better illumination or mousing precision.

As to what the 'screen' is - if it's a cordless mouse, the battery door has to go somewhere, doesn't it?

Alternatively, IIRC, Apple usually puts a nice big label on the bottom of their mice with part numbers, bar codes and whatnot; that has to go somewhere, and Apple usually puts a slight recess on the surface for thaat.

There *is* a cellphone that kinda looks like that, though - Xelibri, a sub-brand of Nokia, is doing designer cell phones for the European market. (www.xelibri.com).

jholzner
May 7, 2003, 02:26 AM
Originally posted by arn
I don't believe it.

arn

Me either. I mean....WHY??!! I just don't see it's usefulness on any grand scale