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gesticulative mouse

Making the day at the office more interesting.
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A mouse which requires dramatic, exaggerated movements of the arms, legs, and head to operate. Sort of a cross between an airport ground traffic controller and fending off a gorilla. A "Dance Dance Revolution" version could be marketed to the youth.
oatcake, May 09 2003

Tai Chi UI http://www.halfbake...idea/Tai_20Chi_20UI
An older similiar idea. [Aristotle, Oct 05 2004]

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       And a pen to be used in conjunction with a 9' x 6' tablet.
friendlyfire, May 09 2003

       You could even have fights over the control of the mouse.
oatcake, May 09 2003

       I see definate fitness benefits to this. Combine it with a giant keyboard that takes all your strength and both hands to push a button. Dramatic cut in productivity with a corresponding cut in percentage body fat.
Worldgineer, May 09 2003

       I never saw "Minority Report", but I'm assuming it involves only the arms. This is a full-body workout, and it's much more complicated than just push-and-drag: you have to nudge, coax, force, kick, and twist your way across the screen.
oatcake, May 09 2003

       A similar idea was suggested many, many moons ago, but I haven't been able to find it. I don't think it specified the use of a mouse, but it did cover the idea of full body motions to operate a user interface. Anybody else remember that?
beauxeault, May 09 2003

       Direct the cursor with a combination of gestures, whistles and calls, like a sheepdog.
friendlyfire, May 09 2003

       Could the mouse be designed to scurry for cover as soon as you take your hand off it?
pluterday, May 09 2003

       I like. Fun if you're really bored. An easy and cheap way would be to cat one in mud, and reduce the sensitivity to the minimum level possible.
Bugsy, May 14 2003

       beauxeault: I remember commenting on it before I deleted my account a while back. [see link]
Aristotle, May 14 2003

       That's the one, Aristotle. Thanks.
beauxeault, May 14 2003

       MMMMMMMMMMMMM - Oh NO, Sorry. Missed my way.
The Kat, May 14 2003

       We are on it.   

arivero, Jul 11 2003

       Why would an invention created to make life HARDER make any money? Let's face it, people are lazy, and they want everything easier, faster, and if at all possible, they don't want to have to think to do/use the product. Noone would want a mouse that you had to dance around to activate. Now, if it were along the lines of snap the fingers on your left hand = left click, snap the fingers on your right hand = right click, the mouse could follow your eyes and other such non-energy requiring movements, then you'd have a "get yourself a patent lawyer" idea.
sheep, Nov 16 2003

       [Friendlyfire], what about an onscreen miniature sheepdog that would sort of "herd" the mouse into going where you want it to go and clicking where you want it to click. The Sheepdog would be controlled by you ofcourse.
wimp35, May 09 2005


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