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One Billion Mice for Logitech

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Posted December 3, 2008 - By kijibe

In spite of what analysts claim--that in three to five years, the mouse will probably become obsolete--for now, Logitech has something to be very proud of.

They have produced their billionth computer mouse. Gartner analyst, Steve Prentice, lauded this as a "tremendous achievement, [as] it speaks volumes to the success of the mouse."

Mr. Prentice, believes the multi-touch interface will eventually phase out the need of the mouse, as well as facial and movement recognition.

Logitech's general manager, Rory Dooley, on the other hand, thinks innovative technologies don't have to be mutually exclusive of the computer mouse.



"The fundamental functionality of the mouse has not changed for 40 years and that is one of the keys to its success. We do not envisage unlearning all those years of learning but that doesn't mean to say there will not be a place for touch interfaces," says Mr. Dooley.

Be that as it may, with the enormous demand of laptops and notebooks replacing desktops, manufacturers are developing touch screens and surface computers.

But Mr. Dooley emphatically believes that those type of technologies still have a way to go before they are perfected, rendering the mouse still very relevant and useful.

"The challenge is going to be--will you touch a screen that is two feet away from you a thousand times a day? Is touch accurate enough to let you get into the cell of a spreadsheet," he asked.

"Those are just some simple questions we believe will not necessarily be answered by the touch interface of tomorrow," Mr. Dooley defended.

For fun, Logitech has put out a $1,000 reward for the winner who can find the billionth mouse. You can find clues on their blog.

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