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Cutting the Cord to Your Keyboard and Mouse

Techstination feature for Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Cutting the cord to your keyboard and mouse. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. More and more options are arriving for eliminating the wires between keyboards, mice and PCs. Logitech is using Bluetooth technology in its latest wireless options. The charger base for the mouse doubles as a Bluetooth control center... that can link to Bluetooth PDAs, mobile phones or headsets. Microsoft is also using Bluetooth in its Wireless Optical Desktop. Gyration is not yet using that technology in its wireless suite... .but it does use unique micro gyroscopes. It lets you pick up the mouse and have the cursor on screen respond to your hand movements. CEO Tom Quinn...

"Consumers at home now spend more time on the Internet than they do watching TV. That means people want to sit back and relax and kind of point and click at the Internet content. Our product now is ideal for that."

Gyration's new devices for Media Center PCs make even more sense. They put pointing device functions... into a remote that can control TV channels and volume... .

"The remote that you get with the Media Center is the traditional push button TV remote. When you're watching plain TV it's probably okay. But it's a little confusing because now you have digital content coming on your screen and everybody who uses a computer knows that you need a mouse to navigate this content."

Gyration's Media Center Suite sells for about 180 dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.