September, 2010

  • Steve Clayton

    Of mice and…mice



    After a few weeks of using the Arc Touch Mouse I decided it was high time I posted a review. Stephen Williams’ NY Times post that included a review of the Arc Touch alongside the Air Mouse Elite reminded me.

    I’m a big fan of the Arc Mouse so was keen to see what was different with the Arc Touch. Quite a lot is the answer. Though it retains the arc shape and is a similar size, the similarities end there. The Arc Touch folds completely flat and is not much thicker than the two AAA batteries that drive it. The design is subtle and thankfully free from intrusive logos (a small Microsoft logo sits at the back of the mouse and is black on black). Most people initially thought the Arc Touch was going head to head with the Apple Magic Mouse and while their prices are similar, they’re different beasts (or rodents). The Magic Mouse has gesture and multitouch features whereas the Arc Touch is focused on providing a mouse that travels well by packing flat but still delivers the essence of a mouse. The scroll wheel is what surprises most people as the small silverish strip between the two buttons has haptic feedback. When you give the mouse to someone and point this out, they typically spend the next 2 or 3 minutes running their finger in an almost erotic way up and down the strip and accompanying with oooh’s and ahhh’s.

    Actually the first reaction when you give the Arc Touch to people is they think it’s a phone which probably says more about our fascination with phones than it does the design of the mouse.

    Overall, I like the Arc Touch a lot. It takes a little time to get used to the scroll wheel but the feel of the mouse is lovely in the hand. Very comfortable albeit I haven’t used for extended periods – I mainly use a Comfort Mouse 4000 at home. The Arc Touch is light, super responsive thanks to BlueTrack. The nano transceiver snaps to the bottom of the mouse using magnets to keep it in place…which means it’s a little susceptible to being knocked off but given it’s usually in my bag, it just means finding it beneath the dust in the bottom (of the bag). One thing I’d love to see is a small carry case for the mouse…something as simple as an Oakley style sunglass case, which is what I use for it at the moment.

    summary of all that, I’m giving the Arc Touch Mouse an 8.5 out of 10.

    ps: all the mice noted above knock socks off the new Porsche mouse. uggh

  • Steve Clayton

    Unlock your hotel room with smartphone


    openways iphone app Unlocking your hotel room with your smartphone?

    InterContinental is about to start allowing guests to unlock their hotel rooms with smartphones.

    “More and more of our guests — especially Gen Y and business travelers — are looking for simpler, more efficient ways to check-in and get to their rooms,” said Bryson Koehler, senior vice president of revenue and guest technology, IHG.

    Call me a luddite but this just seems like a gimmick to me. What happens when your phone runs out of power?

  • Steve Clayton

    Putting soul in to your products


    Welcome to the most powerful naturally aspirated road car engine in the world today. A beautiful video that talks about the between engineering and design to build 77 one off cars.

    I love listening to Marek Reichman talk about the design – I met him a few years back in Vegas and he’s top chap. Aston Martin’s have always had soul and this video does justice to the soul in this car I think.

    I need to go explore soul a bit more as part of my new role.

  • Steve Clayton

    Two of my favourite brands come together



    Seen on today

  • Steve Clayton

    Halo infographic


    Fine work by Pete Harrison – available for just under 6 of those fine British pounds.

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