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Two mice are better than one

Two mice are better than one

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I came across an interesting article on  infoworld today. It talks about our Labs in india who have developed technology that enables several mice to be connected to a PC's USB port. This is designed to aid the shortage of computers at schools in India and other emerging economies. This interests me because I am a School Governor and our school is twinned with a school in Ethiopia where they do not even have enough pens to go round let alone a computer. Therefore any developments in this arena I truely support to bring the digital age to all children despite of their background. MultiMouse is being rechristened as Multiport as we are looking to utilise other input devices as well.

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  • That is an interesting article - I wonder if the end point will be one desktop PC with a number of mice and keyboards attached via USB and a multi-output VGA card... It (very loosely) takes me back to something I was doing 20-odd years ago developing a method which provided disabled people with multiple ways of inputting data using large tablets, non-standard keyboards, joystick control etc albeit on a pretty basic level. The objective in that case were just to allow the user to use whichever method they felt comfortable with, without having to ask anyone else to "come and plug this in for me".

    We're pretty lucky here (speaking from a UK perspective) in that a large number of homes have PC's these days - elsewhere people aren't so lucky. I know from my own travels in Thailand that once you get outside of the large cities computers are rare, and other things that we take for granted when using IT (such as fast internet connections) are equally uncommon. High-speed internet in Thailand has limited availability and is often far too expensive for the average person to be able to justify/afford. The internet access that the average person there could afford would be something like a 56k modem - hardly ideal for downloading the graphic-heavy sites that are commonplace now...

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