Your Next PC Might Come with a Squishy Ball

January 12, 2010

Have computer mice outstayed their welcome? Researchers in the Entertainment Computing Laboratory at Tsukuba University in Japan think so. After taking some inspiration from Nintendo's Wii controller, they've developed an entirely new way to control your computer.

Utilizing four pressure sensors, a three-way acceleration sensor, and Bluetooth connectivity, the Puyocon can be squeezed, thrown around, or rolled in order to control the actions on the screen.

The developers are quick to state that the device's initial purpose is to help those who have difficulty with traditional computer inputs - children and the elderly, basically. But once perfected, it seems reasonable that the Puyocon's built-in versatility could make it even more usable than a traditional mouse or trackball.

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Source: Gizmodo

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