I don’t use a mouse. I use the trackpad on my MacBook or a trackball when I’m at the desktop, but Bill Gates thinks all these things are going they way of DOS. He sees a future where waving ones hands over a sensor is the way to interface with your computer. He stops short of saying the keyboard is going away — that’s a Jobs thing — but he claims the days of the mouse are numbered.
And he’s probably right. With multitouch going everywhere, and devices like the touchwall and Surface are about to explode into the mainstream.
Computers will still have use for mouses, though. Gamers in particular are fans, some spending real money for precision mouses for precision sniping in their virtual worlds. For the rest of us, though, you might start seeing them disappear sooner than you’d think.