Mouseless is a new invention that will soon replace the wireless mouse technology. Will we soon see Keyboardless replacing the wireless keyboard, next?
We all know about wireless mouse but have you heard about Mouseless? Computer users will soon see this new technology influencing the way they use their computers.
Mouse is a popular peripheral device used to interact with computers.Most people still use a mouse that is directly connected to the computer’s peripheral input. However, wireless mouse is more popular these days and many people buy wireless mouse to interact with their computers in a cordless manner i.e. the wireless mouse is not connected to the computer by a cord, instead it works via radio frequencies! There are also wireless mice that use laser light or infrared beams, but wireless mice using RF technology are more popular.This is because they are more reliable and stable and are also cheaper than the other alternatives.
You could find a number of wireless mice that use RF technology at our Techblissonline E-store. In a wireless mouse using RF technology, there is a radio transmitter component integrated inside the mouse and this transmits the mouse movement and clicks, via radio signals, to an RF receiver component, that is connected to the computer’s peripheral mouse input port.The RF receiver then decodes these radio signals and sends it to the computer. Thus, most wireless mice these days record user’s motion and clicks and transmit them to the computer using radio frequencies!
But this may all change very soon and you may soon see Mouseless interaction with computers! Are you wondering what is Mouseless?
What is Mouseless and how does it work?
Mouseless is an invisible computer mouse that provides the familiarity of interaction of a physical mouse without actually needing a real hardware mouse.This is a new invention by Pranav Mistry of MIT and it is amazing to see how this new invisible mouse works.Watch this video.
The Mouseless invention removes the requirement of having a physical mouse altogether but still provides the intuitive interaction of a physical mouse that we are familiar with. Mouseless consists of an Infrared (IR) laser beam (with line cap) and an Infrared camera. Both IR laser and IR camera are embedded in the computer. The laser beam module is modified with a line cap and placed such that it creates a plane of IR laser just above the surface the computer sits on. The user cups their hand, as if a physical mouse was present underneath, and the laser beam lights up the hand which is in contact with the surface. The IR camera detects those bright IR blobs using computer vision. The change in the position and arrangements of these blobs are interpreted as mouse cursor movement and mouse clicks. As the user moves their hand the cursor on screen moves accordingly. When the user taps their index finger, the size of the blob changes and the camera recognizes the intended mouse click.
So, all you have to do with a Mouseless is cup your hands and interact with the computer, as you normally do with a physical mouse! Cool, isn’t it? We could probably soon see a Keyboardless or even a Remoteless that could interact with computers and TVs, using the same technology! We will however have to wait and see whether this new invention could be translated into a cheaper solution!