New technologies threaten to render pointing and clicking obsolete. Here's our pick of the alternatives to the computer mouse.

The humble computer mouse celebrated is 40th birthday in December, but if you thought the PC controller was here to stay, then you'd better think again.

New touchscreen and voice recognition technologies that are being released could end up making the humble mouse obsolete. Here's our round-up of the products that are vying for the mouse's crown.

HP Touchsmart IQ816

The touch interface on the this HP PC allows you to flick through photos, download an egg-timer app, or play chess with your fingers. Features 25.5in wall mountable screen and Blu-ray player.

 

Palm Pre

During a hands-on test with the Palm Pre, we found that the screen responded quickly to any input, such as flicking a photo or ending a call. It also features the new Palm webOS.

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  5. The G1 and the Logitech MX Air Mouse
  6. The Hitachi Wave Remote

New technologies threaten to render pointing and clicking obsolete. Here's our pick of the alternatives to the mouse.

Asus Eee T91

The Asus Eee T91 is less than an inch thick and features an 8.9in convertible touchscreen. This convertible nebook is set to take touch technology to a new level. The table-top interface allows you to browse photos with your fingertips.

Dell Latitude XT2

The Latitude XT2's touchscreen allows two-fingered gestures, such as clicking down on the screen and rotating a photo at the same time. This device features a 12.1in display.

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  1. Why you won't be using a mouse for ever
  2. Asus Eee T91 and Dell Latitude XT2
  3. Microsoft Sync 3.0 and GraceNote CarStars
  4. Garmin Nuvi 855T and Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10
  5. The G1 and the Logitech MX Air Mouse
  6. The Hitachi Wave Remote

New technologies threaten to render pointing and clicking obsolete. Here's our pick of the alternatives to the mouse.

Microsoft Sync 3.0

The new version of Microsoft Sync will be available in Ford vehicles in the US later this year, featuring a new voice called Samantha. The flash memory-based system allow drivers to use their mobile phone hands-free and to control their in-car entertainment system using voice commands.

GraceNotes CarStars

The GraceNotes CarStars system actually lets you speak to your stereo. In a hands-on demo, I was able to play songs by speaking the name, and listening to the actual artist make suggestions.

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  1. Why you won't be using a mouse for ever
  2. Asus Eee T91 and Dell Latitude XT2
  3. Microsoft Sync 3.0 and GraceNote CarStars
  4. Garmin Nuvi 855T and Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10
  5. The G1 and the Logitech MX Air Mouse
  6. The Hitachi Wave Remote

New technologies threaten to render pointing and clicking obsolete. Here's our pick of the alternatives to the mouse.

Garmin Nuvi 865T

The Garmin Nuvi 865T is one of the most advanced speech recognition devices available for your car. You can speak any term shown on the screen, use your voice to search for local businesses and find other points of interest.

Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10

Nuance has accumulated a vast 'speech vocabulary' over the past several years and the product does a much better job of detecting words.

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  1. Why you won't be using a mouse for ever
  2. Asus Eee T91 and Dell Latitude XT2
  3. Microsoft Sync 3.0 and GraceNote CarStars
  4. Garmin Nuvi 855T and Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10
  5. The G1 and the Logitech MX Air Mouse
  6. The Hitachi Wave Remote

New technologies threaten to render pointing and clicking obsolete. Here's our pick of the alternatives to the mouse.

T-Mobile Google Android G1

The first Android-powered phone by T-Mobile is a proving ground for innovative applications, including mapping applets and speech applications.

Logitech MX Air Mouse

Yes, it's a mouse, but it doesn't sit on a mouse pad. Using laser technology, you can hold the mouse in your hand and move the cursor on a PC across the room.

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  1. Why you won't be using a mouse for ever
  2. Asus Eee T91 and Dell Latitude XT2
  3. Microsoft Sync 3.0 and GraceNote CarStars
  4. Garmin Nuvi 855T and Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10
  5. The G1 and the Logitech MX Air Mouse
  6. The Hitachi Wave Remote

New technologies threaten to render pointing and clicking obsolete. Here's our pick of the alternatives to the mouse.

Hitachi Wave Remote

At CES, Hitachi showed off an HDTV equipped with infrared sensors and a 3D tracking camera that can track your movements, so you can wave at the screen with your hands and make the channels change, rather than using any type of physical remote control device.

  1. Why you won't be using a mouse for ever
  2. Asus Eee T91 and Dell Latitude XT2
  3. Microsoft Sync 3.0 and GraceNote CarStars
  4. Garmin Nuvi 855T and Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking 10
  5. The G1 and the Logitech MX Air Mouse
  6. The Hitachi Wave Remote