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Apple Mighty Mouse

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August 2, 2005 09:08 PM PST

Ok, ok. A post on the Apple Mighty Mouse for people to discuss. I'll reserve judgement till I see one in action, but my initial thoughts are:

The mini trackball in the mouse seems a little overkill. It's the same carpal tunnel causing motion as the scroll wheel. Why not a toggle/joystick/nubbin type interface that you just hold down?

I'd have to see how the dual button "sensors" work. When I click left or right mouse button, I don't take fingers off the other button, so hopefully it can tell that I'm pressing harder with one finger than another. Seems like it would be possible.

I like the "squeeze" idea. I'd like to apply that to moving the contents of a window. EG, if I squeeze both sides of the mouse, the pointer turns into a grabby hand and I'm dragging the page around. Similar to the action when you click the wheel to get into scroll page mode, but more intuitive. The new mini-trackball might do this already though. Sounds like Apple is aiming this feature at Exposé - you squeeze the mouse and the desktop overview comes up. This acually might be the new desktop management feature we're all looking for. Look forward to trying it out at the Apple store.

Apple Mighty Mouse

Comments (4)
John, August 2, 2005 11:00 PM:

It seems pretty cool. I just want to get that out before I mock it, which I'm sure I will.

What if you could just map the mini trackball to moving the mouse cursor. Then you could navigate with your wrist or finger. - Hmm what if your arm went one way, and your finger went the other?

Seriously though, a little trackball makes more sense then trying to bend the scroll wheel side to side to do horizontal scrolling. Mine never works for horizontal anyway, I keep having driver issues. Waht is all this Carpal Tunnel stuff?? I love scroll wheels. I'd rate them in the top 10 cool inventions of the last decade! Plus as will all things that are bad for you, you just need to build up an immunity.

I think your squeeze idea rocks. Squeeze to move a window. That takes the 'grab-it' metaphor as far as it will go. I actually got the impression from what I read, that you could use one side squeeze for Expose and the other for Dashboard. I'm not sure how that would be possible though whitout some crazy hand positioning so I could be wrong.

Paul, August 9, 2005 09:49 PM:

J & I went to the Bellevue Apple store last weekend and tried it out. It was actually really nice to use. I can see the side scrolling being useful for the Finder's scroll view, which lays out the directory hierarchy in horizontal columns.

Of course, they didn't have any in stock, and neither did the San Francisco store I went to today because of the demand. I'll order one online I guess, rather than wait.

Paul, August 15, 2005 01:58 PM:

My might mouse arrived today. Will post my review later.

John, August 18, 2005 12:48 PM:

What is the word on the mighty mouse? Is it indeed mighty?

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