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Just add a few extra chips to a mouse, and you have a flash drive mouse combo.
Why? You need ask why? Well, all right.
-It saves a USB port by having one less thing to plug in.
-How about for the geektastic among us who already carry a mouse and flash drive with them everywhere? (like me)
could store things like what buttons do what, pointer speed/acceleration.
-If combined with a fingerprint reader [shudders], the pointer options would change automatically.
Google hit #1
searched on: Mouse Flash Drive [swamilad, Dec 27 2004]
Memory Optical Mini Mouse w/128MB Flash Memory.
Exactly what you explained. [BJS, May 31 2006]
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||It would be nice if the cord was removable from the mouse-end. This might be useful in a public computing site, or the workplace. You can keep all your personal files and settings on your mouse, and never have to touch someone else's hand-filth.
||Oh yeah. Someone's going to mention bluetooth sooner or later. Might want to head that one off.
||I wouldn't reccoment bluetooth for anything that has a fingerprint reader on it. It has inherently weak encryption, and you wouldn't want someone stealing you print ID.
||Wireless might pose problems in public areas. Unless each unit has a matched reciever, how would the computers know which mouse to use?
||I don't know. I hate wireless mice. I just know it's going to be suggested.
||Good grab, Swamilad . . . apparently, quite baked, [Aq_Bi].
||Alright, so the flash is baked, but what about things like automatic pointer options?
||This idea is becomeing quickly integrated with my robot mouse idea, so I may have to merge them. (can anyone tell me how I might do that?)
||As a solution to the wireless
mice problem in public
settings with multiple
machines: there is work in
place for a technology I love
involving dual wireless
connections, one extremely
short-distance (1 cm or less)
and the other normal WiFi or
some such. Swipe the mouse
past a little synchro-spot on
the computer and there you go!