Mouse is alive and well

Kiwi boffins seem to think that the computer mouse will be with us for many years yet.

Despite the development of technology such as touch screens and waving vaguely at the computer screen, Professor Andy Cockburn, from New Zealand’s University of Canterbury, claims the mouse has its paws firmly on the wheel of technological development.

Cockburn says the keyboard and mouse is not going anywhere soon.  He said that it is an extremely efficient way of getting information into a machine and it’s almost cognition-free, which is its biggest benefit.

It is hard to beat a mouse in terms of high fidelity precision of interaction, he said.

New technology being developed by companies such as Nintendo and Microsoft’s Project Natal will not immediately translate well into everyday work and home life.

Your average office worker wants optimum levels of efficiency.  They don’t wish to spend their lives waving their hands in the air to open their Facebook accounts.  That would be far too stressful,  Cockburn said.

People want better ways to scroll through documents, navigate between windows or programs, and shave “milliseconds or seconds off activities you do each day”.  But you don’t need new interfaces to do this, he said.

This involves taking computer science and combining it with psychology and sociology, to make life better.