Everyone wants convenience, and the demands are getting steeper as the years progress. But, how far is technology willing to go to meet those needs? Barely 24 hours after the current incarnation of Google Glass was scrapped, news surfaced of a company building an all-in-one mini hybrid computer housed completely inside an otherwise standard mouse.
In a time when companies are scrambling to provide customers with convenient, powerful, and valuable digital tools, introducing an entirely new way to compute is somewhat of a miracle. Nonetheless, the team at Mouse-Box managed to surprise the tech community by introducing something pretty original.
The Masterminds behind Mouse-Box
The hybrid mouse-computer is the first of its kind, and receiving mixed reviews from consumers. Appropriately named Mouse-Box, the computing device is small enough to fit in your hand, but powerful enough to keep you connected to work and life.
The developers responsible for Mouse-Box, a quintet from Poland headed by Przemyslaw Strzelczyk, began the project by stripping computing needs down to the core. Mouse-Box, was the result. By eliminating external equipment, the team created a powerful, portable computer with a built-in mouse.
Mouse-Box Aims to Conquer Hassle-Free Computing
If relying on your computer is a daily experience, the creators of Mouse-Box aim to provide a computing option without superfluous hardware while preserving portability and power. Its small size is just the beginning; Mouse-Box also includes:
- Quad-core 1.4 GHz CORTEX Processor
- Wi-Fi capability
- HDMI port
- Expandable 128 GB memory
Other than its size, the most appealing aspect of Mouse-Box is how it charges. Instead of using a charging port, Mouse-Box charges via inductive technology when used with a special mouse pad. The motivator for this feature’s development was a desire to condense the time needed to charge while computing.
Three Drawbacks to Mouse-Box
No invention is perfect, and this one definitely has its drawbacks. First, you still need a screen to see anything you’re doing. In this sense, Mouse-Box is not meant to be an all-in-one computing solution. However, you can connect the Mouse-Box to any screen equipped with an HDMI port, which offers some flexibility to use either a television or computer screen.
Next, Mouse-Box’s processor, while impressive for its size, is not the most powerful in the market today. With processing speeds of 1.4 GHz, Mouse-Box is far outpaced in speed by many newer smartphones. From a usability perspective, this slower processing speed can significantly impact the computer’s multi-tasking or gaming ability—two of the most common reasons a compact, portable computer of this type would be used.
Finally, some customers have concerns about damage or theft. Because Mouse-Box is so small, it’s easier to conceal theft of the device. With no anti-theft protection mentioned by Mouse-Box’s creators, it’s unclear whether the company plans to address the concern in the future. Additionally, part of what makes Mouse-Box unique is its port system, which is susceptible to damage in the event of a drop or spill.
Are Hybrid Computers the Future?
It shouldn’t seem strange that the merging of computers and mice has begun, as nearly every other configuration, from tablets to all-in-one desktops, has been tried. While some manufacturers are working to expand the functionality and power of tablets (like the recently announced HP with a 12” screen), the creators of Mouse-Box are moving in a new direction by combining two essential computing tools.