We were promised hover boards.  We hoped for hover cars.  We’d settle for a hover chair.  But soon we might have the hover mouse!

OK, at first it seems kind of ridiculous: a floating mouse, how could that be of any use?  But actually its primary purpose is to reduce or eliminate carpel tunnel syndrome associated with excessive computer use.  This could be great news for those of use who use computers all day for work, or click the night away on Starcraft, The Old Republic, or Diablo.  But does a hover mouse make any logical sense?

hover mouse 2This thing is almost too “SciFi” if you ask me.  Having something in our homes that hovers is just really outlandish as things stand today.  It just feels too gimmicky for me.  Sure some people have hover-style bobble head do-dads, like a levitating through-the-vortex action TARDIS, but that’s a long way from functional tools that hovers.  If the hover mouse works it would completely change the way we “feel” the computer mouse.  The mouse is supported by a strong electromagnetic force, but even if it could support the weight of someone’s arm, the smooth flat resistance a desktop provides would be a thing of the past.  Hello wobbly, “squishy” resistance.  Would my wizard be doing the Harlem Shake instead of standing squarely in one place to fight Azmodan?  Seems like a valid question. 

What the hover mouse does have going for it is the trend towards more streamlined computer interfaces.  Soon enough every desktop computer will support touch screen monitors.  At some point we may even have touch screen keyboards, or entire desktops touch panels that are used to interface with computers, a la Star Trek.  I can envision a sleek touch screen desktop with one of these mice built into a little sunken dock, where upon prompting the mouse levitates from its dock to the perfect preset height for its user.  At the very least it’s an undoubtedly cool concept.

But even if we continue towards more minimalist interfaces there will always be a need for finer interaction with computers than touch technology, or even gesture technology, currently allows.  You’re going to always need a mouse for computer gaming, as well as editing documents of all types.  Perhaps a new way to accomplish these things will be developed, but for now and the foreseeable future, nothing is going to replace the humble mouse.  As for the hover mouse, file it under heavy skepticism with potential for being marginally revolutionary.  

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