But it still feels as if the thing’s got a Christmas beetle stuck inside it. Marketing gibberish aside, I was interested to see what use a buzzing mouse could be. Executed the same way as, say, a force-feedback steering wheel, a force-feedback mouse would scurry right off the mat if you didn’t keep your hand on it. They’re input devices with a mind of their own. And I dare say it might make it easier to learn to use Windows if the several similar-looking window widgets each have their own distinct feel.
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It gets an appropriate voltage from the mouse at whatever frequency the computer’s requested, it yanks on the nylon link, the mouse-top shakes. It’s a fabulous piece of fritterware. Maybe you’ll love it.
Well no, you can’t, because the mouse can’t pull your hand anywhere. So much for the look.
A mouse that buzzed all the darn time would just be annoying, anyway, if you ask me. Well, unless you’re left-handed and it’s the MouseMan, in which case you can swing it around on its cable and threaten the gift-giver with it until they give you something better.
Logitech iFeel MouseMan
The Inertial Harmonic Flux Capacitor, or whatever the heck it’s called, is perfectly capable of playing quite high-pitched notes. Immersion’s TouchSense is supported by quite a lot logutech games, but only for other force feedback controllers – various wheels and joysticks from Logitech, Microsoft, ThrustMaster and others. What about the feel? The MouseMan further imitates the Explorer with its tail-light – an internal blue LED that illuminates the Logitech logo on the back of the mouse, and casts logitexh dim glow out through the translucent side of the mouse.
If you’ve got one of those games, you can get buzzes and clicks ifeeo you pick things up, select and fire weapons, land after jumping, and so on. The guts of the iFeel MouseMan look much like the innards of any similar mouse – microswitches for the buttons, separate board for the wheel assembly – except for the little Harmonic Drive whatsit attached to the lid.
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But Immersion allege that a tactile feedback mouse is “sixty million times better” than an ordinary one. And I dare say it might make it easier to learn to use Windows if the several similar-looking window widgets each have their own distinct feel. OK, it’s just a buzzing mouse, it’s not Big Disco Bass. To avoid the problem of people having to catch their mouse before it makes it to a main road, Logitech’s iFeel mouses just vibrate.
They’re input devices with a mind of their own.
It’s comfortable to use, but if you switch back and forth between it and an Explorer, you’re likely to keep accidentally pressing the MouseMan’s fourth button – the Explorer’s two side buttons are higher up.
Give Dan some money! What you really feel is more like moving a mouse with a toothpick sticking out of the bottom of it over a texture.
Logitech iFeel MouseMan review – Engadget
It’s capable of very fast response, and it’s linked to the top shell of the mouse via a somewhat compliant dog-legged springy nylon bellcrank thingy. Now, if you don’t see too logiitech, a buzzy twangy clicky mouse could be very handy indeed. Maybe you’ll reallyum, love, it.
Not many games, to be honest. It’ll give you a lot more certainty about when the pointer’s on some small screen feature, mousemn when it isn’t. It’s not as if the mouse bucks in your hand like an arcade-game light gun, though. Overall If you can see perfectly well, I can think of no rational reason for you to buy one of these things.
And that’s a bunch of steaming fertiliser, if you ask me. It’s ,ogitech the see-through base, as well, with its fourth button close to the bottom edge on the thumb side for right-handers – left-handed users need not apply. The software that makes the iFeel mouses do something when you’re doing normal Windows tasks is called Immersion Desktop.
They use Immersion ‘s TouchSense technology, that’s what they do. Getting going The iFeel mouses are both USB devices, and they come with Logitech’s standard Mouseware driver software, and the separate iFeel driver package, both of which are set up as part of the standard install process. Me, I’ll just stick with a mouse that doesn’t think it’s sixty million times better. Mousemab optical pickup hardware doesn’t work with a blue-illuminated scene, though, so both iFeel mouses have exactly the same red-LED illumination as every other new-wave optical mouse.
The plain iFeel Mouse is an ordinary-sized, ordinary-shaped unit