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Recursive Mouse

Use a mouse (to manipulate a mouse)^n
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I had on odd mental experience (dream?) of using a regular optical computer mouse to manipulate an image of a mouse on my screen, which was in turn used to manipulate the mouse of a smaller image, etc. etc.

There being no particular purpose for this image, I sought to create one, and decided it might be an interesting challenge of manual dexterity to have the n^th mouse accomplish some useful activity.

csea, Nov 20 2009

[CNLohr] doing approximately this in hardware using an ESP8285 https://www.youtube...watch?v=FPBzOaLbWhM
What this idea reminded me of [notexactly, Oct 11 2016]


       [m-f-d] genetic engineering: mouse plant.
shudderprose, Nov 20 2009

       Presumably, after not too many iterations, there would be a one-pixel cursor being manipulated around a 4-pixel screen.   

       Perhaps there could be a slight time-lag in the response of each one?
pocmloc, Nov 20 2009

       //Perhaps there could be a slight time-lag in the response of each one?//   

       That's just cruel.
shudderprose, Nov 20 2009

       You could use the 'n'th mouse to manipulate an object-orientated drag-and-drop GUI builder tool to create a program that simulates a screen-based pointer that actually looks like a mouse which can be used to manipulate a GUI builder tool with which you could build an application which simulates a mouse being controlled by the simulated mouse on the level above and then use that simulation to build a lower-level simulation......
8th of 7, Nov 20 2009

rcarty, Nov 20 2009

       You could introduce randomized shake or attenuation on some of the levels to add to the challenge (I really want to have a go at this!) [+]

       (BTW, this is being typed using Remote Desktop via VNC all via 4 IP proxies)
Dub, Nov 21 2009

       I've seen remote desktop software for android where you drag around a virtual mouse on the touch screen. I reckon if you linked up a real mouse to the android device this would get you one level of mouse recursion
caspian, Oct 12 2016


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