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Logitech rolls out its billionth mouse

Company celebrates milestone at a time when experts predict the demise of the computer mouse

Logitech has just shipped its one billionth mouse, a significant milestone at a time when technology experts are convinced that computer mice will face extinction in the coming years.Logitech introduced its first retail mouse in 1985 and produced its 100 millionth mouse in 1996. Today, the company manufactures an average 376,000 mice per day, amounting to 7.8 million every month.

Gartner analyst Stephen Prentice predicts the demise of the input device within the next three to five years. "The mouse works fine in the desktop environment but for home entertainment or working on a notebook it's over," Prentice told the BBC a few months ago.

Keen to address the demands of the future, Logitech is planning its gesture-based Logitech MX Air mouse and hybrid diNovo Mini palm-sized keyboard.

“While the traditional mouse and keyboard still make the most sense for productivity, the emergence of the digital home and new forms of entertainment are opening the doors to new ways of interacting with the computer, whether it be voice, touch or something entirely new,” revealed Rory Dooley, Logitech senior vice president and general manager of the Control Devices business unit.

The Logitech announcement coincides with the fortieth anniversary of the first public demonstration of a computer mouse.

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