The 18-Button OOMouse Cures Your Clicking Cravings
At first glance, the OOMouse seems a good joke. You wouldn’t bet your money on it being real. But it is.
On November the 6th, WarMouse announced the OOMouse as “the first multi-button application mouse” especially developed to answer to a wide variety of applications. The 18-button design has already been patented.
You can use OOMouse for office applications like Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk AutoCAD, and OpenOffice.org. The reason why there are 18 buttons including a mini-joystick on a side is that the producer considered this to be the maximum number of buttons a person can memorize and use without looking at the mouse while using it.
I don’t believe anyone will find this mouse intuitive in the first hour of use but, with a reasonable time of practice on it, testers say you can use it even for PC games or online games.
A question that rises in my head can’t give me peace: how can you use the buttons in a decent way, as long as the space between them is so narrow?
So, how can I press the right button without touching the other? The keyboard is a static peripheral device and you can use the buttons very easily. However, the mouse keeps moving all the time. Will a user be watching the mouse all the time while using it in order to try pressing the correct button?
The price for this 18-button “toy” is around $75. The producer states that OOMouse will be on the market starting in February 2010. A special left-handed version of this mouse will also be created.