Can This Be A Thing?

I personally own a wireless mouse because the trackpad on my laptop feels uncomfortable (also the mouse was given to me awhile back and I finally have a use for it). Though it does provide more fluid movies on a 15 inch screen, there is a flaw I dislike about wireless products. This being the fact I need to recharge the batteries. I must admit, I use my mouse frequently so I usually recharge the batteries once a week. However as routine sets in, sometimes the mouse won’t last through the entire week and I would have to recharge them more frequently. I have considered a wired option for my laptop but wires would hinder the time I would need to set up my mouse and usually the cable is long and can get tangled. From my point of view having two variants of the same product is kind of out of the way for mobile technology, so why not have both?

I would like to see a wireless mouse designed to be more flexible whether it would be for desktop or laptop. Built primarily as a wireless mouse, it will be small with the ability to use a USB interface just like a traditional wired mouse. I don’t have anything designed; but it would be an interesting concept to pursue. For starters the device would need a transmitter and receiver like a normal wireless device. Second would be it’s ability to be wired as well. I think the USB cable should be able to plug into the mouse and the desktop without a need for a second port. Perhaps the dongle receiver would have a USB port onto itself to relay power and data to the mouse. Now comes the tricky part, I’ve read about USB hardware and someplace has said some devices now won’t allow certain devices to charge through a USB power. I am quite unsure if this is on the computer end or the peripheral end but it would be an extraordinary feature if the mouse can act as a universal charge for the batteries it’s using. So it can draw power from a power source without the need of replacing the batteries and the charging process won’t damage the batteries. With these 3 features, I think the wireless mouse would be great improved in terms of it’s versatility and minimize the need of buying additional peripherals for a computer platform. It doesn’t even have to end at mice, a keyboard which can be wireless and wired with the capability of recharging it’s own batteries would be an interesting step in allowing these peripherals to interface more easily on laptops and desktops.

Has anyone really thought about this besides me? If it was cheap, I wouldn’t mind have a wireless mouse like that. Any hardware designers out there, I offer you that challenge if there is no product out there like it build a wireless mouse which can:

  1. Be wired and wireless.
  2. Able to switch between devices through it’s own means. As in if I have my receiver on my laptop and I have the USB cable plugged into my desktop, I have the function to switch between wired and wireless modes without a need of a KVM switch.
  3. Able to recharge its own batteries. You cannot design the battery and the batteries are from large battery manufacturers which can be easily replaced. As in if I have Energizer brand rechargeable batteries, I should be able to use and recharge them through the mouse. If I chose to use Duracell brand of rechargeable batteries, then I would able to change them out and the Duracell batteries should be able to recharge.
  4. Optionally be able able to hold it charge for a longer period of time. A month at the most before charge. Though I would like to see a mouse that can be as power efficient as possible.

Until next time I leave this to you, geniuses of the world. It’s up to you to make what we have now and make them better.


Day 3: Banter and Boredom

Morning and afternoon everyone! Well I woke up around 3, but I knew my sleeping habits would change since I started this plan. Today’s plan is pretty simple, maybe some grocery shopping and some net surfing. Rules to that; no games and must be something I have to read considering I hardly read books anymore.

I’m also looking for a netbook since I found them pretty handy recently in terms of what I can do with it on my bed…which is surf the internet, you naughty bloggers! Though it would be pretty sweet to have it around so I can blog and stuff on my bed before I sleep. Problem with netbooks are that they’re not very customizable unlike a laptop or a desktop. Storage is somewhat atrocious, unless you have an external storage device. And as a gamer, I think the processor is kind of slow. Honestly, 1.66 GHz is nothing compared to a quad core 2.4 GHz. Though on the upside, it is ultra portable and you can pretty much carry it anywhere you desire to access the Internet which is literally it’s primary function (“net” book, duh!). I’ve also noticed portable computer are really prettier than anything I’ve seen in the past 5 years too. Even netbooks are getting the same treatment. You can find them in white, black, green, blue, red and even (my new favourite colour for a PC) purple now. Well I guess I’ll add it to the stuff I want to get once I get a job. Also I think I should buy some batteries since I’m running two chargers now. It’s horrible wince the labels for my  Pure Energy batteries can be ripped up easy and they leak when you keep in abnormal temperatures. I like the Energizers my sister bought and gave to me. These are really good for my wireless keyboard though the mouse should be using the rechargeable it came with; but luck would have it, I don’t have a 5 volt DC adapter for the dock. So it’s a pretty hard decision, either buy the adapter and waste one of the last 2 spots on my surge protector or buy the batteries to charge in one of those spots. Well I guess I could get the adapter cheap, though it is a really bad technical flaw.

I guess we have a techie in our lives if that techie isn’t you. Especially when you need some software troubleshooting at 12 in the morning or just to resolve hardware issues for almost no cost.

Though looking back on yesterday and how packed Christmas shopping is and we have a few more days until the day, I thought I would share my stance on gifts. Though we do rationalize that cost equals to love or appreciation, this in my own opinion doesn’t make much of a decisive choice when it comes to gifting. I see gifts of more of a appreciation of the person and not the amount of money for stuff someone might not wear or use. Like you don’t go around buying jewellery for someone who just wants a damn MP3 player for Christmas. Stick to what you know and don’t try and out-do expectations (“Little Miss Whine-A-Lot wants that T-shirt at that one shop, so I’m going to to the most expensive place and get her a hat that costs 500 bucks. It’s cool because it’s a designer brand”).  Exaggerations aside, pick something functional that suits the person’s current interests as well and keep it under budget. usually the second best presents are still the best because it shows you as more of a listener. But what if you don’t have a financial budget for those gifts. Cliche as it sounds, spending time with the person and making memories is the most invaluable gift. It can never be bought and always can be given.

Later tonight I think I’m going to settle down by writing poetry or a short story. Get some brainstorming ideas. I’ll definitely share them with you.

Post a comment or suggestion and I’ll try and get back to you on it. Until tomorrow, think about what was your favourite gift ; both material and non-material, share in a post.

Thanks for reading!