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Genius Intros Crazy Camera Mouse Combo Device

By - Source: Genius Press Release | B 21 comments

This hybrid peripheral combines a 1200 DPI mouse with a 2MP camera.

Now here's an interesting way to share photos and files on the fly: the new Genius Cam Mouse. As the name indicates, it's a 1200 DPI desktop mouse combined with a 2MP camera, allowing students to quickly share notes or business professionals to scan and transmit documents without having to get out of their seat. It's available now for a mere $34.99 at participating retailers.

"In a split second, the Cam Mouse transforms from a regular mouse to a camera that takes pictures and videos," the company said. "The ability to have a camera ready when needed is great for situations when you have a teacher who is about to erase some valuable notes off the board, or if a presenter in a meeting switches slides too quickly."

Genius said that users can switch into camera mode by merely opening the lens cover on the bottom of the mouse. The Smart Capture button is located on the top left corner of the device when it's laid flat, thus when the user picks it up to take a picture, the button is correctly placed on the right as if it were mounted on a standard camera. The only thing missing, it seems, is a small LCD display and viewfinder.

The mouse features the Genius BlueEye sensor, allowing it to be used on virtually any surface including dusted glass, marble, thick carpet or the top of your thigh (you've been there, admit it). The scroll wheel can be pressed down for free-scrolling or can be used to easily navigate long webpages or documents. It also has a QR code scanning function that allows users to navigate to websites on the fly.

"The Cam Mouse software lets users easily upload to Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and YouTube," the company said. "The combination to instantly upload pictures and videos to the computer and its social media integration means that users can share their world around them — in an instant."

The device is compatible with all voice and video chat applications such as Skype and Google Hangouts, and records video in 720p. There are a total of four physical buttons including left, right, and middle/scroll buttons, and the Smart Capture button.

For more information about this new mouse-camera hybrid, head here.

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    Zac Lloyd-Jones , August 16, 2013 5:21 PM
    Why?
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    vmem , August 16, 2013 6:11 PM
    because clearly, everything in life needs a camera...

    How else will big brother watch us? :-P
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    razor512 , August 16, 2013 6:48 PM
    why not also add a camera on the keyboard? I want to be able to take pictures with my keyboard too.
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    danwat1234 , August 16, 2013 6:58 PM
    How much internal memory does it take, does it have an SD card slot?
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    bystander , August 16, 2013 7:03 PM
    Since the mouse sensor's are cameras, I guess they figured they'd see if people would want to take advantage of it.
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    l_mckeon , August 16, 2013 7:16 PM
    If they wanted to use it for Skype or Chat, it would also require a microphone. Seems they forgot about that.
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    eddieroolz , August 16, 2013 7:39 PM
    Now that's an interesting product that I've never thought of before!
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    ttcboy , August 16, 2013 7:49 PM
    If u use ur mouse as camera then what u gonna use for the mouse function ??
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    chumly , August 16, 2013 9:11 PM
    This is for that niche cam whore market where you don't use the mouse because you need those hands free for other activities.
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    Jack Revenant , August 17, 2013 12:47 AM
    Forget the camera side of things, who on earth would pay $35 for a 1200 dpi mouse? You can get upwards of 3500 dpi for that kind of money.
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    Vorador2 , August 17, 2013 10:27 AM
    Even if you can, it doesn't mean that you should.
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    alidan , August 17, 2013 2:33 PM
    @Jack Revenant

    because quality/marketing numbers?

    i have an intellimouse 3, its old, its broken, and barely useable, but when my main mouse dies, i use that as a backup... and know what? if it wasn't for the broken nature of the cord, i would use it as my main mouse because quality wise, it just cant be matched, the mouse goes exactly where i want it to, with no give or take 10 pixles like logitech laser mouse has, even mot old optical has some give and take... but this...

    there is a reason its the best mouse ever made... and it was less than 1000dpi.
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    Jack Revenant , August 17, 2013 3:31 PM
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    @Jack Revenant

    because quality/marketing numbers?

    i have an intellimouse 3, its old, its broken, and barely useable, but when my main mouse dies, i use that as a backup... and know what? if it wasn't for the broken nature of the cord, i would use it as my main mouse because quality wise, it just cant be matched, the mouse goes exactly where i want it to, with no give or take 10 pixles like logitech laser mouse has, even mot old optical has some give and take... but this...

    there is a reason its the best mouse ever made... and it was less than 1000dpi.


    Perhaps I'm just too used to high dpi mice. I tend to find it rather uncomfortable to use anything under 1800, but that's a personal problem, I suppose. Do you require high precision for work, or just prefer it?
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    smeezekitty , August 17, 2013 4:28 PM
    I personally doubt I would notice the difference in DPI with mice.
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    alidan , August 17, 2013 11:12 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @Jack Revenant

    because quality/marketing numbers?

    i have an intellimouse 3, its old, its broken, and barely useable, but when my main mouse dies, i use that as a backup... and know what? if it wasn't for the broken nature of the cord, i would use it as my main mouse because quality wise, it just cant be matched, the mouse goes exactly where i want it to, with no give or take 10 pixles like logitech laser mouse has, even mot old optical has some give and take... but this...

    there is a reason its the best mouse ever made... and it was less than 1000dpi.


    Perhaps I'm just too used to high dpi mice. I tend to find it rather uncomfortable to use anything under 1800, but that's a personal problem, I suppose. Do you require high precision for work, or just prefer it?


    thr give or take i'm talking about is like i want to full screen a program, 10 pixels to the right has more than once closed the program... i know many of the mice i use... are cheap pieces of crap... and old... but optical mice did not have give and take like cheap laser mice, but they had some... but the intellimouse... my god... its perfect.

    i set my main mouse to 2000 dpi and have windows have low correction for it, so its accurate... mostly because i don't demand the full what is it... 5600dpi it has.

    but if you set the windows to make a low dpi mouse act like it has higher through mouse speed, the intellimouse feels just as good as my laser one.

    its not for work, its not even a preference, its just i demand my computer parts to not suck, i won't put money down on something that doesn't do exactly what i want anymore.

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    I personally doubt I would notice the difference in DPI with mice.


    yea, you would... if you drop from 2000 to i think 300... its night and day, however with tweaking, you can get that 300dpi to feel as fast as 2000
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    jasonpwns , August 18, 2013 8:41 PM
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    I personally doubt I would notice the difference in DPI with mice.


    Oh trust me it is noticeable. I turn the dpi on my mouse down to 800 and It feels way too slow. I turn it to 1600 and it feels just right. 3600 is too much though in my opinion.
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    smeezekitty , August 18, 2013 8:55 PM
    Assuming the screen to movement ratio was the same, I doubt I would notice.
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    mynith , August 19, 2013 1:52 AM
    I'm not convinced this thing is as useful as they say it is.
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    virtualban , August 19, 2013 6:13 AM
    Maybe they should have made a mouse+scanner, with 2 optical sensors for proper orientation sensing.
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    dilbert , August 20, 2013 3:00 PM
    If this thing is going to be used in a classroom, it won't be for "when you have a teacher who is about to erase some valuable notes off the board".
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