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Genius Intros Wireless Mouse Without a Battery

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Genius announced a new wireless mouse that uses a gold-capacitor instead of a batter to hold an electrical charge.

You still need to charge the mouse, but the design enables the DX-Eco model to be fully charged within three minutes. The downside: you will have to recharge the mouse every day.

For about $40, you get an otherwise common mouse that works via a 2.4 GHz connection and a distance of up to 45 feet between the sender and receiver. The manufacturer says that the DX-Eco works on surfaces such as dusted glass, marble, carpet, sofa, delivers a resolution of 800 or 1600 dpi and integrates seven buttons. The mouse works with Windows XP/Vista/7 as well as Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.

Genius says that the gold-capacitor can be recharged up to 100,000 times.

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    lumberjack86 , January 21, 2012 4:53 AM
    shuffman37I don't see a practical reason for using a capacitor and the high price when the mouse will be dead long before the cap dies from cycling. .


    The global destruction caused by the production of batteries is becoming quite bad. While gold mining can be somewhat as bad, the consequences of batteries over time is significantly worse. 40$ for a mouse isn't a high price for what you are getting out of it and the money you save by not having to use batteries. Your argument against this seems to be that you are too lazy to charge it every day so you dismiss it as being expensive, low quality, and unreliable which i find ridiculous.
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    LuckyDucky7 , January 21, 2012 5:17 AM
    Make it a gaming-grade mouse and I'm in.

    Capacitors may suck to have to recharge; sure, you have to put the mouse on its dock at the end of the day- but you do that with a battery-powered mouse anyways!

    With a capacitor, 3 minutes gets you, say, 6 hours of use.
    With rechargeable batteries, 3 minutes gets you 2 minutes of use (better mice unfortunately use propietary batteries).

    Plus, you don't have to buy replacement packs when those rechargeable batteries die, and the mouse pays for itself if you're talking alkaline batteries.

    Even if you're too lazy or forget to charge the mouse 3 minutes is about the time it takes for you to put the mouse on the cradle, hit the power switch, and by the time your desktop is useable so is your mouse.

    This is a beautiful idea.
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    shin0bi272 , January 21, 2012 10:43 AM
    OK here's an idea. we've all seen the power mat right? allows you to charge your device wirelessly etc etc... WHY DONT WE DO THAT FOR MICE? Put a spiral of copper around the base of the mouse, plug that ring into the board to power the mouse (or more realistically the caps) then plug your mouse pad into the wall and be done with it.
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    lumberjack86 , January 21, 2012 4:53 AM
    shuffman37I don't see a practical reason for using a capacitor and the high price when the mouse will be dead long before the cap dies from cycling. .


    The global destruction caused by the production of batteries is becoming quite bad. While gold mining can be somewhat as bad, the consequences of batteries over time is significantly worse. 40$ for a mouse isn't a high price for what you are getting out of it and the money you save by not having to use batteries. Your argument against this seems to be that you are too lazy to charge it every day so you dismiss it as being expensive, low quality, and unreliable which i find ridiculous.
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    LuckyDucky7 , January 21, 2012 5:17 AM
    Make it a gaming-grade mouse and I'm in.

    Capacitors may suck to have to recharge; sure, you have to put the mouse on its dock at the end of the day- but you do that with a battery-powered mouse anyways!

    With a capacitor, 3 minutes gets you, say, 6 hours of use.
    With rechargeable batteries, 3 minutes gets you 2 minutes of use (better mice unfortunately use propietary batteries).

    Plus, you don't have to buy replacement packs when those rechargeable batteries die, and the mouse pays for itself if you're talking alkaline batteries.

    Even if you're too lazy or forget to charge the mouse 3 minutes is about the time it takes for you to put the mouse on the cradle, hit the power switch, and by the time your desktop is useable so is your mouse.

    This is a beautiful idea.
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    tlmck , January 21, 2012 5:47 AM
    What we need is the wireless power we were promised. In this case the mouse would get it's power wirelessly from the USB dongle, while simultaneously sending it's signal back to the adapter.

    GET ON IT MIT!!!
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2012 5:47 AM
    Quote:
    Even if you're too lazy or forget to charge the mouse 3 minutes is about the time it takes for you to put the mouse on the cradle, hit the power switch, and by the time your desktop is useable so is your mouse.
    If you have a SSD you'd be waiting another 2 minutes and 30 seconds for the mouse to charge...
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    nikorr , January 21, 2012 5:52 AM
    Good laptop mouse....
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2012 6:04 AM
    You could actually use the scroll wheel to charge the mouse. All you would need is a really tiny rechargeable battery to have the mouse ready all the time. Using the scroll wheel during normal surfing will maintain this start-up battery and charge the capacitor. If for some reason you use the scroll wheel below charge requirement, then you'll have to use the cradle. Still, the scrollwheel could be easily engineered to generate enough charge even if not used very often.

    In retrospective, the good old trackball mouse could be easily made into a self-charging device by putting charge generators into the internal ball rollers.
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    therabiddeer , January 21, 2012 6:15 AM
    Sounds pretty good to me if it is as good as it sounds. Pretty cheap too. I like the idea mostly because the main thing that stops me from bothering with wireless mice these days is the added weight from the battery. Take out that huge mass of weight and it might be useable.
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    azathoth , January 21, 2012 6:22 AM
    I've always used wired mice because I got tired of my wireless mice dying during the middle of a gaming session, and constantly replacing disposable batteries which cost on average $1 each.

    This mouse seems perfect for me aswell as others like me, people who want a wireless mouse without the hassle of carrying a desk full of AAA's, or having a backup rechargeable/wired mouse.

    Lets say they define a "day" of usage as six hours, that means with the proclaimed charge time of just three minutes one can easily recharge it while they go to the washroom or to get a quick drink/snack.

    Whilst it is technically not a gaming mouse, this is a personal preference but I can NOT stand mice with a large amount of hotkey/macro buttons on the sides. I will certainly look into this mouse when it becomes available.
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    v3nom777 , January 21, 2012 6:49 AM
    Desktops ftw?
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    danwat1234 , January 21, 2012 7:03 AM
    Uh, I have a microsoft wireless mobile mouse 4000 and I couldn't be happier. Lasts for months with just one AA. Also, it just cost me about $6 from a w00t deal
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    nebun , January 21, 2012 7:28 AM
    bluetooth???? to many buttons
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    jrharbort , January 21, 2012 7:47 AM
    I'll be waiting for when they finally make a mouse capable of charging itself merely from the friction during use.
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    ivyanev , January 21, 2012 9:37 AM
    the only reason for this mouse not charging in fraction of a second is the cheap power supply.But the idea of using capacitor is brilliant.

    I know its not the topic but for users of disposable batteries:Get a rechargeable ,and get even more power in the same size and save $$ in the long run-win for you win for ecology.
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    shin0bi272 , January 21, 2012 10:43 AM
    OK here's an idea. we've all seen the power mat right? allows you to charge your device wirelessly etc etc... WHY DONT WE DO THAT FOR MICE? Put a spiral of copper around the base of the mouse, plug that ring into the board to power the mouse (or more realistically the caps) then plug your mouse pad into the wall and be done with it.
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    digiex , January 21, 2012 11:32 AM
    Batter = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batter_%28cooking%29

    Battery = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_%28electricity%29

    Both are in the dictionary so spell check fails...
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    bartholomew , January 21, 2012 12:02 PM
    IMHO, a wireless mouse seems kinda unnecessary
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    cookoy , January 21, 2012 12:35 PM
    it's something different than typical battery-powered wireless mouse. Maybe this will encourage others to develop something better still. Wonder how long it would hold its charge when not in use.
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    rawful , January 21, 2012 12:44 PM
    If you could use one of those cell phone charging pads as a mousepad, they should make it possible with this mouse for it to be charges as you use it by the pad.
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