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[CES 2009] Hands-On With The Contour Design RollerMouse Free

Contour Design RollerMouse Free (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

Besides tablets, trackballs and touchpads, there haven’t been many advancements in human-PC interaction since the development of the mouse and keyboard. And while Contour Design’s RollerMouse Free is called a ‘mouse’, using it is a whole different experience. The device comes in the form of a wrist wrest, but just above the left, center and right buttons you’ll find a long spinning dowel (for lack of a better term) that can be shifted left and right by about 3 or 4 inches.

Contour Design RollerMouse Free (Image property of OhGizmo!)

Spinning the dowel causes the cursor to move vertically on-screen, while sliding it from side-to-side takes care of the cursor’s horizontal movement. I have to say that using the device was a little awkward at first, since I’ve been pushing around a traditional mouse for about half my life, but after just a few minutes, controlling the cursor with the RollerMouse becomes second nature. The main benefit to using the RollerMouse Free is to help reduce repetitive stress injuries in your ‘mousing’ arm, but it also helps keep your hands near the ‘home row’ at all times, theoretically increasing your productivity.

According to the Contour Design rep I spoke to, the RollerMouse Free should be available in the first weeks of March for $219.95 from the company’s website.







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  • Nick

    My colleague has had one of these for ages now! granted without the scroll wheel business in the middle but essentially an identical product.

  • Nick

    My colleague has had one of these for ages now! granted without the scroll wheel business in the middle but essentially an identical product.

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com andrew liszewski

    This is actually an updated version of their RollerMouse Pro product, and from what I saw this version has a considerably wider scroll bar.

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com andrew liszewski

    This is actually an updated version of their RollerMouse Pro product, and from what I saw this version has a considerably wider scroll bar.

  • http://www.technology-guide.co.uk/ Tech News

    I have to say that using the device was a little awkward at first, since I’ve been pushing around a traditional mouse for about half my life, but after just a few minutes, controlling the cursor with the RollerMouse becomes second nature.

  • http://www.technology-guide.co.uk/ Tech News

    I have to say that using the device was a little awkward at first, since I’ve been pushing around a traditional mouse for about half my life, but after just a few minutes, controlling the cursor with the RollerMouse becomes second nature.

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