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Gyration expands line of motion-sensing peripherals with Air Mouse Elite

by Parm Mann on 18 September 2009, 13:08

Tags: Air Mouse Elite, Gyration

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Almost an entire year has passed since Gyration, the consumer electronics branch of Movea, announced the launch of its Air Mouse.

Hoping to breathe new life into its range of motion-sensing peripherals, the California-based outfit has launched a successor to 2008's wireless pointer in the form of the Air Mouse Elite.

The new-look model, pictured above, features Movea's proprietary motion-sensing technology, allowing the mouse to provide precise in-air motion tracking. Think of it as a Wii-mote designed for presentations. As with previous models, the Air Mouse Elite uses radio frequencies and functions at a range of up to 100 feet.

New to the Elite is an improved version of the bundled MotionTools software - a suite designed to recognise specific gestures aimed at "energising presentations" by activating special effects at the flick of a wrist. "A lecturer can turn the mouse cursor into a highlighter, laser pointer or pen, or gently swipe it in-air to activate embedded media", says Gyration.

The mouse, equipped with a laser for standard desktop use, weighs 3.3 ounces and is designed for both left-handed and right-handed users. There's no mention of a UK launch as yet, but it'll be available to North American customers in the coming weeks at a cost of $99.99.

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My school is equipped with an older version of these, and they are virtually impossible to use effectively. Avoid like the plague.
this may be interesting if it was something new, maybe they don't know that logitech have had an air mouse out for years ?

Oh, and the buttons also break after about a year's moderate use.
I use a Gyration air mouse to control my HTPC. Once you get the hang of it (which does not take long) it is natural and easy to use. So “avoid like the plague”, no - I thing mine is great and does exactly the job I want it to do - which is to allow me to control my HTPC sitting on a sofa. Controllers can be very personal things - I have a great dislike for trackpads, but since a lot of people get on with them, they cannot be all bad.