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SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display

SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display

The images posted by SteelSeries leave plenty to the imagination, but it certainly looks like a 32x32 display to us.

Gaming peripherals specialist SteelSeries has released teaser images of a new mouse that offers an interesting extra: a small secondary display surface.

While the company's teaser images, posted to microblogging service Twitter yesterday ahead of a full announcement next week, aren't exactly clear, they certainly show a mouse-shaped object. An updated picture posted shortly after shows a close-up of what appears to be a small display at the base of the upper surface.

If it is a display, it's a low-resolution one: individual pixels are visible, with each taking the form of a single-colour circle. Judging by the sample image, which is the SteelSeries logo, the display measures just 32 pixels wide by 32 pixels tall.

Assuming it's not just a stylised light-up logo, that's an interesting measurement: most operating systems use icons measuring 32x32 pixels and multiples thereof. As a result, it seems likely the secondary display is designed for icon use.

But what purpose could it serve? The most likely explanation would be if it is part of a mouse featuring a macro mode: by showing the icon of the software with which the mouse is currently configured to communicate, gamers will be able to see at a glance whether the mouse is correctly set up for their individual game.

This seems much more likely than the display being fully user-configurable: given its positioning, the display will be hidden beneath the user's hand when the mouse is in use. As a result, it would have to be used for something that is only required ahead of time.

SteelSeries, naturally, is keeping quiet about the device ahead of its official announcement next week. The company has, however, described it alternately as 'something [aw]some,' and '[raw]some something.'

Keyboards with integrated OLED displays are old hat, and with Razer's Blade laptop even trackpads are getting in on the act - but a mouse that doubles as a display is certainly something new. We look forward to next week's announcement with bated breath.

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Blogins 2nd March 2012, 11:53 Quote
"SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display"

Seriously guys? Get with the English language! ;)
Smellyhead 2nd March 2012, 11:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blogins
"SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display"

Seriously guys? Get with the English language! ;)

^What this guy said.

Plus.
Display on a mouse, what? You wouldn't really be looking at it considering your hand covers the damn thing. Razer mice have a light up logo on them aswell but it's directly where your palm sits so this idea you have seems pointless.
Gareth Halfacree 2nd March 2012, 11:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blogins
"SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display" Seriously guys? Get with the English language! ;)
Even though you're clearly joking, I'll just leave this here.
Tyrmot 2nd March 2012, 12:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blogins
"SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display"

Seriously guys? Get with the English language! ;)

I don't understand this... is that not English??

Mouse-teasing seems a bit hard on the mouse
alpaca 2nd March 2012, 12:18 Quote
I'll leave this here too...
r3loaded 2nd March 2012, 12:58 Quote
enciem 2nd March 2012, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by r3loaded
And I'll leave this here: http://img1.digitalversus.com/produits/43/5019/43_5019_2.jpg

that's the ugliest mouse I've ever seen. And with regards to the article title, it does more infer a somewhat dubious article about mouse masturbation shows
Tribble 2nd March 2012, 13:15 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blogins
"SteelSeries teases mouse-cum-display"

Seriously guys? Get with the English language! ;)

I thought it a delicious title

And....
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Originally Posted by Tyrmot
I don't understand this... is that not English??

Mouse-teasing seems a bit hard on the mouse

— prep
used between two nouns to designate an object of a combined nature: a kitchen-cum-dining room


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Originally Posted by alpaca
I'll leave this here too...

that's interesting and the date that was first published was back in 2006, i think it could have its uses.
LordPyrinc 3rd March 2012, 07:47 Quote
Unfortunately, Merriam Webster does not provide the U.S. English slang definition of cum. I'm guessing that there is not an equivalent slang definition of that word in the U.K.

No one likes a sticky mouse or display.
Gareth Halfacree 3rd March 2012, 12:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by LordPyrinc
Unfortunately, Merriam Webster does not provide the U.S. English slang definition of cum. I'm guessing that there is not an equivalent slang definition of that word in the U.K.
You guess wrongly. 'Cum' as a stand alone word means the same in UK slang as it does in US slang. The title is a pun, or play on words, designed to be informative-cum-amusing.
sub routine 3rd March 2012, 13:39 Quote
cum...

fnar fnar wibble wilbble...sploork
immoral 3rd March 2012, 19:09 Quote
More than a little worrying, this is
Teelzebub 3rd March 2012, 19:39 Quote
Better call it a Jizz mouse :(
NickCPC 4th March 2012, 14:15 Quote
I'm pretty sure this was on show at the AMD GameXperience thing last weekend...
dark_avenger 4th March 2012, 23:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by alpaca
I'll leave this here too...

Beat me to it, first thing I thought of.
Nokia screen seems a bit more useful.
Guinevere 5th March 2012, 22:19 Quote
Wonderful place for a display! Couldn't be more practical.

I just can't wait for their take on the Optimus line... a keyboard with a lovely OLED display mounted on the underside. That'll be cheaper to bring to market than having to put a display in every key and it's very useful as long as you don't mind lifting your keyboard up while you type....

I'll stop there
ALS 6th March 2012, 00:45 Quote
slothy89 6th March 2012, 10:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by enciem
Quote:
Originally Posted by r3loaded
And I'll leave this here: http://img1.digitalversus.com/produits/43/5019/43_5019_2.jpg

that's the ugliest mouse I've ever seen. And with regards to the article title, it does more infer a somewhat dubious article about mouse masturbation shows
It may not be the prettiest, but again "it's under your palm so you won't see it 90% of the time"

Also, I had one for a while, and it's actually very comfortable, and the thumb buttons are perfectly positioned.. Pity it's wireless and my home WiFi interfered with its signal :(
Crunchy 6th March 2012, 10:22 Quote
While it *may* be a pending revolution in desktop control and gaming flexibility.
I find myself thinking it's a pointless gimmick that, although it may be amusing to show your mates, will ultimately amount to an expensive mouse.
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