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Canon X Mark I Mouse Packs Integrated Calculator

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A mouse that can spell boobs, oil, hello, hobo and whatever else we spelled out on our calculators in grade school.

Mice can be pretty boring. Though there are some really great designs out there, the majority of mice are simple, traditional affairs that don't stray too much from the tried and true form that so many of us are comfortable with. However, this little number from Canon has really grabbed our attention.

Spotted by the Engadget crew at Photokina, a photography trade show that just finished up yesterday, this is the X Mark I mouse launched last month by camera maker Canon. The X Mark I is a 1,200dpi wireless Bluetooth mouse first and foremost, but it doubles as a calculator. Now, you might be wondering why you'd need a calculator when you're sitting at your computer and have access to one on your screen. When we first heard about the X Mark I we were skeptical too. However, once we heard it doubles as a numpad, our little laptop wielding hearts started to flutter.

Disappointingly, Engadget reports that the mouse is quite big, which makes it uncomfortable to hold. On the plus side, its bulky size means the calculator buttons are generously sized and easy to use.

The X Mark I will be available next month for $63. Any takers?

Source: Engadget

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    liveonc , September 27, 2010 8:03 PM
    Touchscreen numberpad & t9 with swipe please!
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    theuerkorn , September 27, 2010 8:11 PM
    The picture doesn't look that big, unless that person's hand is huge. Interesting idea though. I myself quite often reach for a calculator and this would put it in my hand when I need it. Nice.
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    IzzyCraft , September 27, 2010 8:13 PM
    It's either going to be a good numpad and a shitty mouse or a good mouse and shitty numpad.
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    darkchazz , September 27, 2010 8:17 PM
    I'd rather just open windows calculator.
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    jmchien , September 27, 2010 8:22 PM
    actually a pretty good idea... if it only had a lower profile...
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    Nightsilver , September 27, 2010 8:31 PM
    Unless the keys are extremely sensitive, good luck typing on it without having to chase it around your desk.
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    sliem , September 27, 2010 8:31 PM
    useless. what's next, mouse with 12MP camera? so it can take pictures of your palm/finger?
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    nevertell , September 27, 2010 8:33 PM
    How 'bout a keyboard that makes you a sammich ?
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    liveonc , September 27, 2010 8:58 PM
    sliemuseless. what's next, mouse with 12MP camera? so it can take pictures of your palm/finger?


    No, they're gonna put an accelerometer, vibrator, & make it play polyphonic ringtones. ;-)
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    2real , September 27, 2010 9:02 PM
    nevertellHow 'bout a keyboard that makes you a sammich ?

    that's called a wife or gf... get one
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    lukeiamyourfather , September 27, 2010 9:10 PM
    IzzyCraftIt's either going to be a good numpad and a shitty mouse or a good mouse and shitty numpad.


    Or shitty everything.
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    elingerniero , September 27, 2010 9:12 PM
    Anything to bring money, and I mean a n y t h i n g
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    Trialsking , September 27, 2010 9:14 PM
    I think this would have been a great idea, circa 1985. If its not 3D who cares right.......
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    David the Gnome , September 27, 2010 9:23 PM
    I think the point is more for business people who would like to have a number pad on their laptop. If you've ever worked in a job where you had to do extensive Excel work from a laptop you'll find that you miss having that number pad very quickly. Carrying around a portable number pad is a pain when you're traveling and being able to consolidate that and your mouse into one device would be a pretty nice feature.
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    kingssman , September 27, 2010 9:24 PM
    Mine would just have 58008 on it all day.
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    Raidur , September 27, 2010 9:34 PM
    Lol.

    Anyone who actually uses a calculator isn't going to use the mouse when a much more accessable numpad is right there. Not to mention a larger stand-alone calculator is still going to be the best/fastest thing for those doing calculations by hand.

    I'm sorry, but this 'invention' is just fail IMO.

    A better idea would be putting a screen for a calculator on a keyboard above the numpad that can be activated on command...
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 27, 2010 10:08 PM
    Maybe they can sandwich an analog clock into a mouse. Or how about donkey kong? Maybe they can put a universal remote control into it. Or.......
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 27, 2010 10:09 PM
    raidurLol.Anyone who actually uses a calculator isn't going to use the mouse when a much more accessable numpad is right there. Not to mention a larger stand-alone calculator is still going to be the best/fastest thing for those doing calculations by hand.I'm sorry, but this 'invention' is just fail IMO.A better idea would be putting a screen for a calculator on a keyboard above the numpad that can be activated on command...
    Right above my numeric pad on my Microsoft keyboard is a little button that has a little calculator on it. I push it, and it brings up my calculator in my OS. So crazy!
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    belardo , September 27, 2010 10:43 PM
    BIG? Looking at the photo, its easily smaller than my Logitch mice, higher end MX series.
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    Graham_71 , September 27, 2010 11:30 PM
    Nice idea, the display could show the time when calculator not being used, SD card reader in 1 side & if it's for school kids a pencil sharpener in the other side may be useful too. But at $63, how much for a mouse + calculator separately.....
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