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Mouse with built in pad

Never lose the mouse pad again! Use it in rough terrain!
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Obviously, all these optical mice thingies have got it wrong. I mean, what happens in the dark? And if they get dirty? Not to mention the lack of smooth surfaces to use them on.

What we really need are cordless mice with the mouse pads stuck to them. Using a relatively simple system of ball bearings and struts and stuff, you could create a mouse that even works up-side down. Or in a swimming pool!

Please don't delete this post from the database. This is important prior-art - I don't want someone stealing my idea and patenting it.

Thanks!

bre, Sep 03 2000

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       For the record, optical mice do work just fine in the dark...
egnor, Sep 03 2000
  

       Considering that it's usually dark beneath something sitting on something opaque, that's a fairly good assumption...besides which the optical mice use lights of their own, or at least one of them does.
StarChaser, Sep 03 2000
  

       Wow! What a great idea. I've been needing something like what you describe for my cycling trips. Does your company have a website?
mar, Sep 03 2000
  

       mar, you need a mobile mouse for your cycling trips?
absterge, Sep 05 2000
  

       Optical mice work just fine on your leg, or your chest, or even your hand - MS done good on this one. Now if sombody can offer a cordless optical...
Scott_D, Sep 06 2000
  

       The chip in the MS optical mouse was designed by Hewlett-Packard. Another fantastic story of MS acquis^H^H^H^Hengineering at work...
koz, Sep 06 2000
  

       There is a review of a weird mouspad that strapps to you leg on www.dansdata.com. t's basically a hard pannel with velcro stappe and some elastic bands at the corners to hold the pad to the flat part. I think a Jet fighter flyer developed it...
dr_photon, Jun 07 2001
  

       What's wrong with a cordless trackball?
bookworm, Jun 07 2001
  

       There is a review of a weird mouspad that strapps to you leg on www.dansdata.com. t's basically a hard pannel with velcro stappe and some elastic bands at the corners to hold the pad to the flat part. I think a Jet fighter flyer developed it...
dr_photon, Jun 07 2001
  
      
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