One of the strangest products I've seen in a while is this new input device from Genius. Named the Cam Mouse, this peripheral does exactly what its name describes. You can use it as a mouse and when the need arises to take a quick picture, you can lift it off your desk and shoot 2MP 720p HD imagery. Additionally, you can also use it as a webcam or for other tasks like QR code scanning. The MSRP is $34.99.
Genius is pleased to announce the Cam Mouse — an innovative mouse that becomes a camera and can instantly upload pictures to your computer. With the ability to quickly and seamlessly switch between mouse and camera functions, the Cam Mouse is a fast and convenient way for students to share notes while studying or for business professionals to effortlessly scan and transmit documents.
Quick Camera Access for Capturing Critical Moments
In a split second, the Cam Mouse transforms from a regular mouse to a camera that takes pictures and videos. The ability to have a camera ready when needed is great for situations when you have a teacher who is about to erase some valuable notes off the board, or if a presenter in a meeting switches slides too quickly.
Easy to Use
Simply install the included software and drivers and you are ready to go. Just slide the camera lens and the Cam Mouse is ready to take pictures and record videos. The Smart Capture button for taking snapshots is intuitively placed on the right side, just like on regular cameras.
Social Media Integration
The Cam Mouse software lets users easily upload to Twitter, Flickr, Facebook and Youtube. The combination to instantly upload pictures and videos to the computer and its social media integration means that users can share their world around them — in an instant.
1200 dpi BlueEye Sensor and Scroll Wheel
The Genius BlueEye sensor provides superb tracking and accuracy on virtually any surface including dusted glass, marble or thick carpet. The scroll wheel can be pressed down for free-scrolling or can be used to easily navigate long webpages or documents.
Web Cam Streaming
Cam Mouse allows users to create memorable moments with friends and family that are far away. This device is compatible with all voice and video chat applications such as Skype and Google chat.
QR Code Scanner
The QR code scanning function lets users navigate to websites on the spot, and is great for browsing magazines.