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Mouse Skatez - Preamble
 Date  : Mar 4th, 2001
 Category  : Input Devices
 Manufacturer   : Mouse Skatez
 Author  : Jin-Wei Tioh

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As you all probably know by now, I am a mouse sympathizer. No, not the little critters caged up in laboratories waiting to be messed with. Mouse as in the input device (which Apple claims that Microsoft copied, but we'll not get into that). One of the issues is surface friction on the mousing surface, which impedes movement tracking and wears out the teflon feet on mice. Happy rodents are easier to work with, which translates into a more pleasant mousing experience or that all important frag.

Realizing this, many companies such as Icemat, 3M, Ratpadz, and Everglide have released products to address the issue. Their mousing surfaces have a lower friction surface compared to the usual nasty squares of wetsuit fabric. However, notice that I said lower friction, not frictionless. This means that while significantly improving the mousing experience, these mousing surfaces will still wear out the teflon feet on mice over time.

In steps a new product, the Mouse Skatez, to kill two birds with one stone...

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