Logitech has unveiled its MX Air rechargeable cordless mouse, a versatile laser mouse that works both on the desk and in the air.
The device is like a cross between a remote control and a mouse, and is supposed to cater for those who want to command their media PC from the comfort of their sofa (or indeed, anywhere that there’s an absence of solid, flat surface to use a traditional mouse on).
“The MX Air mouse offers a radically new way for people to control their PC entertainment,” said Erik Charlton, Logitech director of product marketing for performance and gaming mice. “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.”
The MX Air features freespace and gesture commands, and is supposed to provide accurate, responsive navigation. It uses a combination of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) sensors, digital signal processing (DSP) technology, and radio frequency (RF) wireless technology.
In plain English, it means that the mouse can be operated at any orientation, and pointed in any direction. Advanced algorithms can also differentiate between intentional and unintentional hand movements.
Gesture-based commands allow things such as the music volume and track to be changed by simply motioning in the air, while the scroll wheel is replaced with a touch-sensitive scroll panel.
The MX Air uses standard 2.4 GHz digital cordless technology, and comes in a sleek, polished black, semi-transparent design with a silver base and contoured shape which is designed to be as easy to use as a traditional mouse on the desktop as it is in the air.
It’s expected to be available from August with a suggested price of £99.99