The BBC News is reporting that a Gartner analyst is predicting the death of the mouse as we know it. Over 40 years since its introduction, the mouse may be on the way out. The analyst bases this opinion on the fact that facial recognition software is being perfected that could replace the mouse. On the other side of the coin is Logitech, a world leader in mouse production, which feels the death of the mouse is not near at all. According to the article it states:

A Gartner analyst predicts the demise of the computer mouse in the next three to five years.

Taking over will be so called gestural computer mechanisms like touch screens and facial recognition devices.

He told BBC News that his prediction is driven by the efforts of consumer electronics firm which are making products with new interactive interfaces inspired by the world of gaming .

Naturally enough those in the business of making mice are not wholly in agreement that the end is nigh.

“The death of the mouse is greatly exaggerated,” said Rory Dooley senior vice president and general manager of Logitech’s control devices unit.

Logitech is the world’s biggest manufacturer of mice and keyboards and has sold more than 500 million mice over the last 20 years.

“This just proves how important a device the mouse is,” said Mr Dooley.

I tend to agree with Logitech that the mouse is not dead. I believe that the mouse has many years of life yet to go, before a suitable replacement will become common place. But what do you think?

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