Where once it was a better mousetrap that was fabled as being able to lead its developer to fame and fortune, its modern-day equivalent, the mouse of the computer-pointing type, that offers the most lucrative opportunity.
In introducing the Marble Mouse, Marco Manera, Logitech Australia's general manager, said the product encompasses the best features of the traditional mouse and trackball.
"Many people find the shape of a mouse more comfortable than trackball shapes, yet prefer to rotate a trackball for motion instead of moving the mouse around on a cluttered desktop," Manera said. "Marble Mouse gives them a reliable trackball that they don't have to take out and clean regularly."
Manera said that Marble Mouse's shape is designed with gentle curves for ergonomically efficient use by both left and right-handed people. The product uses Logitech's patented, advanced optics, Marble sensing trackball technology, which it claims offers unmatched precision and reliability in an essentially maintenance-free unit.
Only time will tell whether Logitech's latest solution for smooth and controlled cursor movement attracts great interest. However, with the word "mouse" now used as often to mean a computer accessory as it is a little furry animal, building a better one could be as universally adopted as would a better mousetrap.