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Genius launches the Cam Mouse

by Mark Tyson on 13 August 2013, 10:15

Tags: Genius, PC

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Taiwanese peripheral company Genius has officially launched the new Genius Cam Mouse we first saw at Computex in June. This is probably pretty much a device you can guess the functionality of from its name but the headlining description of its functionality from Genius is as follows; "an innovative mouse that becomes a camera with instant photo uploading, QR code scanning and more". You could also simply describe it as a product which combines a wired mouse and a 2MP camera sensor.

The Genius Cam Mouse brings you the "best of both worlds" with its 2-in-1 combination of a 1200 dpi BlueEye technology wired mouse and built-in 2.0MP 720P HD pixels camera unit. The Cam Mouse is switched from being a mouse to a camera with the simple and quick slide of a panel on the underside of the mouse "in a split-second". The panel slides to expose either the BlueEye mouse sensor or the camera lens which automatically activates either 2-in-1 mode on the computer to which it is attached.

Cam Mouse features

  • Innovative mouse that also functions as a camera
  • 1200 dpi BlueEye technology works on almost any surface
  • 2.0M 720P HD pixels provide high resolution images
  • Contoured for comfort
  • Instantly uploads photos to social media sites
  • Easy-to-use photo-editing tools

For a product like this it is very important to have good software to enhance the utility of the device. Genius says that the Cam Mouse makes it easy and simple to share photos on social networks with instant uploading also there are photo editing tools provided. QR code scanning and recognition is a handy function to have as these codes become more ubiquitous in places we might travel with our laptops.

Cam Mouse physical specs

  • Dimensions:  104 x 57.8 x 37mm (L x W x H)  
  • Body Weight: 98 g
  • Buttons: Four (left, right, middle button with scroll, snapshot button )
  • Connection: USB

The Genius Cam Mouse is available in Black, White and Blue colour options priced at $29.99.

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Why isn't it WIRELESS?? Would be much more useful!
Personally I can't see a domestic use for this. Commercially though it may be of use, “scanning” in invoices at the click of a button etc.
Oh dear. There was once a time when Hexus was a quality website with good content (Hard to believe but true). Now you're posting fluff on products like this. It's not even a review just a rehashed press release.

Poor show.
Here's an invention;
A fork with a built in camera!

Perfect for getting the perfect meal shot to upload and share with your friends on facetube.

Only £29.99
(wifi model £39.99)
Hmm. I have a smartphone, with a better camera, with QR-scanning, with a choice a free apps that would allow me to use the phone as a mouse for any of my computers if I really needed that, so I'm not sure what the point is here. If I'm at my computer, the only time I use QR scanning is for getting to phone app download pages quickly (i.e. I scan my monitor to get me to the page on my smartphone, saving me the trouble of searching on the phone's Store). The future might change things, but we've had years of QR and that's as far as we've got, so… ?

Also, does “2.0MP” mean something other than two megapixel now? I can't understand how 2.0MP relates to 720p. Which is it?