The Taiwanese company could not have missed the event that is taking place today in its home country. At Computex, Asus launched the world’s first mouse-touchpad hybrid For Windows 8.
This device could prove to be the ultimate in-time pointing device, provided operating systems such as Windows 8 take the lead. The stylish design and the fact that it is wireless make it supposedly very easy to use. VivoMouse could be the first of its kind, but anyone who has ever used a touchpad and a normal mouse could handle it immediately.
VivoMouse looks very thin, and its dimensions of 5.3 “in length, 3″ in width and 1 ” in height leave no doubt about this. The sensor and its other specifications are not particularly of this world, but they are not bad either. The Asus tracking device has an optical sensor of 1200 dpi and operates in the 2.4 GHz band. That being said, VivoMouse had better not interfere with the remote controls that people might have, as is also the radio frequency used by these devices.
The innovative design and interesting combination of Trackpad and mouse could be enough to ensure the success of the VivoMouse. However, such a device is practically useless for those players who depend on quick reflexes to give deadly blows to their enemies. In addition, you will find the 1200 dpi optical sensor very risky, since modern gaming mice contain sensors that have resolutions as high as 8400 dpi. Most likely, gamers would not even consider VivoMouse when searching for gaming devices. At most, they would probably point and laugh (pun intended).
Instead, the VivoMouse would feel right at home in the living room, next to a modern entertainment system that is obviously also manufactured by Asus. The photo above is pretty much what Asus had in mind for the perfect setup. The device is capable of Multitouch, just like modern Trackpads on laptops and Ultrabooks. With two fingers on the top of the device, users can pinch and zoom.
Asus has not yet released the price and release date of the VivoMouse and other members of the Vivo family. Since users of Smart TVs and entertainment systems type a lot these days, Asus could also consider creating an innovative keyboard to keep their pointing device running.