Mouse Trap is an addictive puzzle game that tests your logic skills as you help a trapped mouse find his way through a thoroughly obstructed exit. Your job is to move the obstructing blocks either vertically or horizontally (never both) in order to clear a lane for the trapped rodent. As you progress through the game's hundreds of levels, the configurations of blocks get increasingly complex, requiring additional brain power to clear them.
Several great new games were released this week for iOS that are perfect for keeping you busy during downtime over the long Labor Day weekend.
A couple of days ago, I wrote about Spy Mouse, Firemint's latest game that has you play as Agent Squeak, the mouse who stealthily steals cheese across tons of cleverly made levels. I highly recommend that you grab that game in addition to this collection, but I found three more that will satisfy just about every gamer's personal taste.
This week's collection of iOS apps are all hot new games from different genres. The first lets you draw your path around a racetrack; the second lets you use a jetpack to go for distance; and the third is a beautifully made hack-and-slash RPG.… Read more
One of the earliest game publishers to enjoy huge success on iOS devices was Firemint, maker of Real Racing 2 and Flight Control. Though it is not a company that puts out several games a year, you know that when Firemint does release something, it's probably going to be good. Last week, Firemint released its latest game, Spy Mouse, and with a mix of line-drawing fun and excellent production values, it has already reached No. 1 in the iTunes App Store.
Logitech expanded its gaming mouse family this morning, announcing the budget-priced G300. Available for $40 when it goes on sale in September, the G300 is now the most affordable mouse in Logitech's gaming lineup.
Buily upon a customizable laser sensor, the G300 can hit sensitivities up to 2,400 dpi. It also features nine programmable buttons, as well as the capability to store three user profiles, letting you transfer the mouse between PCs without losing your settings. Being a gaming mouse, it also has customizable lighting, with seven different color options.… Read more
When Apple showed off Mac OS X Lion at the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote speech earlier this year, it was clear the company had paid attention to its successes with the popular iOS devices, and was now beginning to include successful iOS features in its flagship OS.
Also, with Apple laptops and tablets now far outpacing desktop sales, Apple has moved from a primarily desktop computer company to embrace mobile computing. This release of Mac OS X seems to be a reflection of Apple's successes in those categories.
With this eighth major release of the big-cat OS, Apple is … Read more
Microsoft brought the first of its touch-mice concepts to market last fall with the Arc Touch Mouse, and we got a preview of the higher-end (and more simply named) Touch Mouse this past January. Today Microsoft introduces a third member of its touch-mouse family with the Explorer Touch Mouse.
Microsoft's interpretation of touch-based input devices has so far been more limited than Apple's Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, incorporating touch input in just the scroll wheel of its Arc Touch Mouse.
The Explorer Touch Mouse takes a similarly limited approach to touch, but Microsoft has expanded the touch-based … Read more
Circuit board and MP3 storage neckties step aside. Someone has created something even geekier--belt buckles made of old computer mice.
It all started when the designer, a Texas maker of leather goods, was throwing away a box of old mice. He realized the devices were about the same size as the belt buckles he wears. Hence was born a new way of showing off your inner geek.
Apple fans can enjoy these treasures, as well--the designer also created Mac variants, ranging from the older Apple Pro mice to the Mighty Mouse (no, not the cartoon). He hasn't created Razer versions yet, but we're hoping for a glowing Death Adder edition.
Each buckle measures about 4.25 inches by 2.5 inches and will fit a belt up to 1.75 inches. Sadly, the belt comes apart the normal way; there's no left-clicking or scrolling involved for unbuckling.
Head on over to the creator's Etsy shop if you wish to get your hands one of these belt buckles. They will set you back at least $20 apiece.
Not everybody has fingers glued to a touch screen these days. Some folks still like to travel with a portable mouse for a satisfyingly retro computing experience.
Mouse lovers are often faced with the challenge of finding an appropriate mousing surface when on the go. Knees and gunky coffeehouse tables don't offer an optimum experience, and it's times like those when you want your own mouse pad with you.
The Smartfish Mouse Pad Travel Pouch is an overachiever. It pulls double duty as a mouse pad and a zip-up storage compartment.
The 9-inch padded neoprene surface is easy on your mouse while it's in use and protects small gadgets and accessories in its spare time. It looks a lot like a taco when it's closed, except that this taco can be packed with a scrumptious filling of electronics.
A small snap handle opens up to attach it to your briefcase, or you can just shove it in with the rest of the gear in your laptop bag.
The Mouse Pad Travel Pouch will cost you $14.95 and comes in either black or blue. … Read more
The Green Lantern's Power Ring it ain't, but a ring containing MicroPointing's touchpad is something Q might give 007. With a sensor control area of one square millimeter, the touchpad can easily be embedded in a ring.
Israeli start-up MicroPointing plans to offer the touchpad for embedding in all manner of devices large and small, including smartphones, Netbooks, remote controls, game controls, cameras, steering wheels--anywhere you might want to let your finger do some scrolling.
The touchpad could be on handsets starting in the fourth quarter of next year, according to Avi Rosenzweig, MicroPointing's vice president of business development.
The MicroPointing touchpad works by detecting the force your fingertip produces as it drags across the tiny device's three sensors, according to the company's patent application. The sensors are mounted on tiny posts spaced a few tenths of a millimeter apart--less than the size of a ridge on your fingertip.
The sensors pick up sideways force as your fingertip moves parallel to the touchpad's surface. The company's secret sauce is an algorithm that can pull detailed data from just three sensors, Rosenzweig said.… Read more
Afraid that the excessive use of the mouse and keyboard will someday make you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome? Maybe you should let your feet take over some of the job. And Keith McMillen Instruments (KMI) has something that enables you to do exactly that.
The company announced today the SoftStep KeyWorx multitouch foot controller, which it claims is "the world's first foot-controlled digital interface." According to KMI, SoftStep "works with any computer program to speed up access, making the computer as easy to use as a car's gas and break pedals."
The new … Read more