Thursday, July 12th 2007

Logitech Introduces New MX Air Mouse

Logitech, today introduced the Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse, a versatile laser mouse that works on the desk and in the air. Similar to the way people use a remote to control a television, when holding the MX Air mouse, people can now lean back and relax while navigating the computer and enjoying media content.


For many, the computer is now much more than a productivity tool. It serves as a hub for digital media, demanding a new way for people to control, consume and enjoy music, photos and videos on the PC. To enable effortless in-air navigation, the new mouse combines three important technologies – Freespace™ motion-control, gesture command and wireless – so people can point, select and play media files with just a flick of the wrist.

“The MX Air mouse offers a radically new way for people to control their PC entertainment,” said Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit. “It’s for anyone who has listened to music on their PC and been frustrated by having to return to the desk to change songs or volume. It’s for people who want to share vacation photos with friends and family without being tied to the desk. It’s for any of the millions of people using the Internet to browse and watch videos on sites such as YouTube or Grouper. And it’s for people with a living-room computer or media PC who want to navigate their media content on their terms.”

Advanced Control – Freespace and Gesture Commands
Freespace motion control technology is designed to provide accurate, responsive navigation without the limitations encountered by previous in-air pointing devices. This patented technology is based on a combination of MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) sensors, DSP (digital signal processing) technology and RF (radio frequency) wireless technology. These combined technologies allow a user to hold the mouse in any orientation, point in any direction, and enjoy effortless, intuitive cursor control. Additionally, sophisticated algorithms distinguish between intentional and unintentional hand movements – effectively canceling the slight involuntary tremors everyone experiences when holding a device in the air.

Gesture-based commands add a new level of sophistication to the MX Air mouse. To change the volume, people press and hold the volume button and simply gesture – to the right to increase volume, or to the left to decrease it. For music applications, a small circular motion to the right activates the skip track command, while a circle to the left repeats the song.

In place of a traditional scroll wheel, the MX Air mouse features a touch-sensitive scroll panel. A swipe of the finger across the surface enables the inertial scrolling mechanism, which adjusts its speed according to the speed of the finger swipe. Media functions such as Play/Pause, Volume/Mute, Back and Select can be easily accessed in the air by pressing the large, orange backlighted buttons with the thumb.

Designed for Versatility
The MX Air mouse has a striking design, complete with a polished-black, semi-transparent top case, a silver base and a svelte, contoured shape. The carefully sculpted shape provides versatility, allowing people to comfortably use it as a desktop mouse – with their hand over the top – or as an air mouse – with their fingers under the base and their thumb on top for button selection.

The rechargeable MX Air mouse uses Logitech’s 2.4 GHz Digital Cordless technology, which offers a range of up to 30 feet (10 meters). The sleek charging cradle is unobtrusive and elegant. And with its 2.4 GHz micro-receiver, the MX Air mouse is easy to plug in and use with a desktop or notebook PC.

Pricing and Availability
The Logitech MX Air Rechargeable Cordless Air Mouse is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in August. Its suggested retail price in the U.S. is $149.99. More information about the MX Air mouse is at http://www.logitech.com.Source: Logitech
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28 Comments on Logitech Introduces New MX Air Mouse

#2
newconroer
I feel the right twit, by the title and the pictures, I thought this was like a hover-mouse, that floated in air while you used it.

Wow, I am so far ahead of the times ...
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#3
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
Thats cool, but it look uncomfortable.
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#4
GJSNeptune
I appreciate the technology, but what's going to keep your arm from getting tired?
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#6
GJSNeptune
It looks like the alien craft from Flight of the Navigator. Awesome movie.
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#7
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
by: GJSNeptune
It looks like the alien craft from Flight of the Navigator. Awesome movie.
LOL, it does aswell! :)
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#8
HookeyStreet
Eat, sleep, game!
It will be like using a Wii-mote on your PC :D
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#9
Darkrealms
by: GJSNeptune
It looks like the alien craft from Flight of the Navigator. Awesome movie.
Damn! you beat me to it. Oh well:

THEY CAPTURED MAX!!
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#10
d44ve
by: GJSNeptune
It looks like the alien craft from Flight of the Navigator. Awesome movie.
lol.... that was the first thing I thought of
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#11
Seany1212
by: GJSNeptune
I appreciate the technology, but what's going to keep your arm from getting tired?
I was thinking that exact thing, it'd have to be virtually weightless so that it'd take a while before your arm became tired. Also, it wouldn't be like holding a wii-mote as you wouldnt hold it out at arms length while sitting down like you would with a mouse :rolleyes:
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#12
GJSNeptune
I say we skip the air stuff and go straight to telepathy.
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#13
d44ve
you could tape it to your head
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#14
GJSNeptune
And sue for neck injury! Brilliant!

MAN SUES LOGITECH, NECK INJURED USING MOUSE TAPED TO HEAD
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#16
Telexen
Might be useful, but not for that price.

If I had a setup where I would be using such a device, I would have it in a setup that was advanced enough to warrant an already $75+ Logitech universal remote.
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#17
ArkanHell
Where I have seen some thing like that... mmm..
MAY BE IN THE MOST POPULAR AND REVOLUTIONARY GAME CONSOLE CALLED Wii !!!!
Is a tendence guys, Logitech will be the first, but we will see more of this comming, so be preparede to Wiiiii on your Pccccc!!
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#18
GJSNeptune
But Logitech wasn't the first. No more coffee for you, by the way.
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#19
HellasVagabond
Its only good for HTPCs.
I used to have a Remote for my PC which aint an HTPC....It was useless :P
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#20
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
wow sexy mouse... now all they have to do i change the orange looking LED's to RED & add like a swaying red light at the front for a Night Rider Effect, plus possibly 1 or 2 buttoms on the left hand side. add some more DPi to the mix & volah!!!! a replacement for the Logitech G7 Gaming Mouse

I have a G7 myself..... & also 1 of them mices that come with the MX3000 keyboard & mouse package (think its called the MX300 or MX600)
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#21
demonbrawn
Flight of the Navigator FTW! It wonder if it has all the little aliens inside of it :D
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#23
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I was thinking the same thing. Its an awesome looking mouse, but unless you rest your arm on your lap and use it that way, you will get very tired.
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#24
OnBoard
by: newconroer
I feel the right twit, by the title and the pictures, I thought this was like a hover-mouse, that floated in air while you used it.

Wow, I am so far ahead of the times ...
Same here =) Been watching too much sci-fi/playing BF2142 :) Not to say that that kind of mouse wouldn't be supersweet :)
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#25
Casheti
ARGHRGHRG NOOO IT'S HAPPENING!!

Everything is turning all crappy and futuristic looking, EVEN WASHING MACHINES!!

By the time I'm old, everything will look freakin' retarded and stupid...

FFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK
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