Logitech is getting a bit nostalgic, but they deserve it: they've just shipped their billionth mouse. As part of their look back over the last 20 years of the company, they have provided this fantastic slideshow showing many of the prototype mice they developed yet wisely chose not to produce.
Logitech is one of my favorite peripheral manufacturers, one of the few brands that generally makes high-quality products and sells them at a fair price. I've got Logitech speakers that are every bit as good as systems that cost three times as much. They pretty much own the reasonably priced universal remote market. I've Logitech keyboards and mice that have worked flawlessly for years. They're the only company that makes videogame console controllers that I'll buy instead of those from the console manufacturer.
Seeing their failed experiments explains why: they aren't afraid to try something goofy, but even less afraid to toss it out if it doesn't make their products better.
Pretty, but probably useless.
Smells like burning apples.
I love how the prototype in this one is just a Photoshopped Nikon camera. It shows Logitech isn't afraid to swipe good interfaces from other product categories.
I wonder why this one didn't make it to market. That actually sounds useful.
Their restraint is mighty.
One company's failed design is a Taiwanese crapvendor's probably-not-gain.
Does anyone besides astronomers and plastic surgeons actually use laser pointers in presentations?