Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

Summary: Need to measure small amounts of substances in the privacy of your home? This mouse/scale hybrid may be your solution.

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I'm not sure what's going on with optical mice nowadays, but its strange. Not long after Canon announced its mouse-calculator hybrid, this USB-digital scale has also made its appearance. Capable of measuring weights from 0.1g to 500g, the scale's range of use seem fairly limited - assuming, that is, you don't work in the drug or jewelry industries. But, assuming you do work in the drug or jewelry industries, would you trust your trade to the numbers given to you by a $22 mouse scale? I'd certainly hope not.

But the above mouse isn't alone. I did a bit of research and found a number of other products that are pretty much the same thing. There's the MSC-650 Optical USB Mouse Scale from AmericanWeigh and this "Optical mouse with hidden digital scale and stash compartment." Notably, Amazon notes that buyers of the former also purchased products like clear reclosable zipper bags and wall clock/hidden safe combinations. Suddenly, the target demographic for these things seems a lot more clear.

[Mashable]

Topic: Hardware

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  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    Er, it's called a gimmick? There are also mice out there that transform into dinosaurs and back.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

      @Aerowind
      ive seen them at smoke-shops already
      jokerkmk@...
    • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

      @Aerowind - that's more like it!
      John in Brisbane
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    I always thought a mouse\stapler combo would be nice :)
    systemx
    • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

      @systemx
      I like that.
      MoeFugger
  • This will really help the drug dealers rein in costs!

    ;)
    William Farrell
    • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

      @William Farrell Is it sad that my first thought was "drug dealers" as well?
      Aerowind
    • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

      @William Farrell
      That is what I was thinking.
      MoeFugger
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    Just great for a smidge of pumpkin pie spice, or if you are making pottery glazes at home that 10, 20, or 30 grams of colorant or bentonite.
    jayohem
  • I give up...

    As for the use of this ... thing... I cannot even imagine. WHAT are designers thinking of when they design something like this?.

    Just like cameras on mobile phones I guess, ok for taking snapshots, but utterly useless for decent photography...
    grillomalta@...
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    YAY DRUGS!
    smu122
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    It also filets fish and includes a folding fishing pole and reel! Act now and get the Banjo Lure set for only P/H...
    Jaytmoon
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    You guys have too much imagination. I'd use it to weight letters and packages so I could get the postage right. I'm buying the postage on line so it's the right product in the right place.
    HugoM
    • Don't think that would work...

      @HugoM
      Huh, no.
      The envelope would cover the display...
      martian@...
    • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

      @HugoM
      It only registers up to 500g, so your max package weight could only be a little over 1 pound.
      lgreen@...
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    its a crack cocaine scale drug dealers use them to weigh their rocks
    TimR1ca
  • RE: Finally: a USB mouse that doubles as a digital scale

    Do people do their legitimate home science or chemistry right there at the PC or at a clean table reserved for such work? Even a witch doctor makes his brew in a place reserved for that work. one more question: How much crack can a crackhead crack if a crackhead could crack crack?
    opcom