Logitech Unveils A "Smart" Mouse
Logitech unveiled its first "smart" mouse to receive and process wireless communication from the PC — MX610 Laser Cordless Mouse.
The MX610 mouse senses when a new e-mail message comes into a user´s Outlook inbox, and illuminates a blue light on the e-mail button. With one click of the illuminated button, the user opens the Outlook inbox to view the message. Similarly, the PC sends, and the mouse receives, notification of new instant messages from Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, and Yahoo! Instant Messenger, communicated with the illumination of an orange button on the mouse. With Logitech SetPoint software, people can customize their mouse so they are only notified when specific people send them e-mails or IMs. And if people need to leave their PC to do something in the other room, the mouse can deliver these notifications at a wireless range of up to 30 feet.
The novelty has an expected battery life of up to three months with regular use. The mouse achieves this long battery life by mimicking the power status of the computer to which it is connected. As it sends and receives wireless signals, the mouse can sense when the PC has gone into sleep mode or is shut down, and the mouse powers down accordingly. Also, when the mouse battery level is low — less than 10 percent of full charge — an indicator light on the mouse illuminates.
The Logitech MX610 Laser Cordless Mouse includes a USB micro-receiver that connects instantly with the mouse when it is plugged into a desktop or a notebook PC. As the mouse and wireless receiver send information back and forth, the mouse periodically may sense a wireless interruption or interference. In this case it will shift the wireless channel to find one that is interference-free.
Sculpted for the right hand, the mouse features 10 buttons, including volume up, down and mute buttons for controlling music on the PC. The reset button is noticeably absent, because once the receiver is plugged in, the mouse and receiver are perpetually connected. The mouse also includes Logitech´s Tilt Wheel Plus Zoom scroll wheel.
The Logitech MX610 Laser Cordless Mouse will be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in October. The mouse has a suggested retail price of $59.99 in the U.S.
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