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Canon Makes a Mouse With a Built-In Calculator

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Canon releases two new business accessories.

When you hear Canon, your first thoughts may be of a multi-function printer or D-SLR camera, but the renowned leader in digital imaging has created an interesting new line of products to enter the market of business accessories.  On Tuesday, the company announced its launch of two new business-targeted desktop accessories, the X Mark I Mouse Lite and the X Mark I Keypad.Designed by the team behind the company's cameras, the X Mark accessories come in a black or white color and feature a sleek look that would be the ideal extension of numpad-less notebook keyboards. Executive vice president and general manager Yuichi Ishizuka explains, "Canon recognizes that business professionals are always on the search for tools that help improve work efficiency and we feel these new products will certainly accomplish this task."

Although there are dozens of virtual calculators integrated into software or available for download, Canon's new accessories could reduce workspace clutter by removing the need for an additional physical calculator. With Bluetooth connectivity and AAA battery usage, the devices also cut down on wire clutter. Since having a calculator attached to your mouse could mean a lot of accidental numbers popping up everywhere, the keypad may be a better choice for some. The X Mark I Mouse will begin shipping in August with an estimated price of $59.99 while the X Mark I Keypad will ship sometime in September at the same estimated price. This could be a bit pricey for just an additional calculator, but for business professionals who are constantly punching numbers into their calculators, it could be a worthwhile investment.

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    JamesSneed , July 27, 2011 6:02 PM
    So should it be called a Mouse-u-lator?
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    lamorpa , July 27, 2011 6:07 PM
    Someone should create a calculator that can appear right on your computer screen.
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    wintermint , July 27, 2011 6:17 PM
    lamorpaSomeone should create a calculator that can appear right on your computer screen.


    The TI-89 have that function.
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    pollom , July 27, 2011 6:18 PM
    Windows:
    window +R -> "calc" = Calculator
    Linux:
    Ctrl + Alt + T -> "gcalctool" = Calculator

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    tburns1 , July 27, 2011 6:38 PM
    Ummm, I believe lamorpa was joking.
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    zkevwlu , July 27, 2011 6:42 PM
    I think the important question here is: Who the hell still uses AAA batteries?
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    cobra5000 , July 27, 2011 6:44 PM
    Why put a calculator on a mouse, when it is just two clicks away on your desktop? Besides that, I bought a calculator at the store for $1.00 and it works great, seriously. This really is just an expensive novelty item.
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    belardo , July 27, 2011 6:49 PM
    Someone should make a keyboard with a calculator built right in.

    Oh yeah, they have... don't know if they still do.
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    Lutfij , July 27, 2011 6:58 PM
    try using that contraption as a day trader and finding out how much you've incurred as losses.
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    Anonymous , July 27, 2011 6:59 PM
    I think you guys are missing the main function, the number pad on computers thaat don't have one. I'm assuming you will be able to use it as such, and also turn off the keypad so you don't press numbers while using the mouse. I would buy one if I dealt with numbers constantly.
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    lamorpa , July 27, 2011 7:22 PM
    Jerod9000I think you guys are missing the main function, the number pad on computers thaat don't have one. I'm assuming you will be able to use it as such, and also turn off the keypad so you don't press numbers while using the mouse. I would buy one if I dealt with numbers constantly.

    Why not just buy a standard keyboard?

    How about a display with a calculator on it? It makes as much sense.

    The big 'advantage' of an external calculator is that instead of clicking copy and paste (or Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V) on your PC keyboard after you compute a result with your on-screen keyboard, you can simply look at the display of the external calculator and type in the result digit by digit, decimal, sign, etc...
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    liveonc , July 27, 2011 7:22 PM
    Maybe they should make a Calculator With a Built-In Mouse... ;-)
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    Anonymous , July 27, 2011 7:26 PM
    My cheap Microsoft keyboard has an "open calculator" button right above the num pad. It's actually really handy. I don't understand how looking at screen-> mouse -> screen is better or faster than just looking at different parts of the screen. I'm sure there is some cool calc apps that let you quickly copy and paste the numbers between apps too.
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    freggo , July 27, 2011 8:00 PM
    JamesSneedSo should it be called a Mouse-u-lator?


    Nah, Calculouse...

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    lamorpa , July 27, 2011 8:08 PM
    CK159I'm sure there is some cool calc apps that let you quickly copy and paste the numbers between apps too.


    That app is called Windows.
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    tsnorquist , July 27, 2011 8:20 PM
    Now if Canon could only make a mouse with an Abacus in it.... that would be impressive.
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    LORD_ORION , July 27, 2011 8:25 PM
    Awwww... I was hoping for something dark and Frankensteinian... like a real mouse with a calculator built into it.

    Booo
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    mlopinto2k1 , July 27, 2011 8:34 PM
    cobra5000Why put a calculator on a mouse, when it is just two clicks away on your desktop? Besides that, I bought a calculator at the store for $1.00 and it works great, seriously. This really is just an expensive novelty item.
    Why buy an external numeric pad for a laptop when you can get a mouse that has a calculator built in? I highly doubt this was aimed at the desktop user.
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    mortsmi7 , July 28, 2011 12:55 AM
    Actually I see a use for this. MMO crafting. Right now, I use a combination of 'pen and paper' and tab-ing out of the game to use the wincalc to figure up material amounts. If it had two extra mouse buttons I'd be sold on it.
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    ralfthedog , July 28, 2011 4:07 AM
    lamorpaThat app is called Windows.


    Or mac, or Linux. The mouse I use on most of my computers has the entire surface used as a touchpad. It works for 2D scrolling and you can use gestures for things like opening up the calculator application.

    One of these days, we will have a mouse that doubles as a computer. Just attach a keyboard and a screen.
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