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I understand why people want to write about the death of the mouse and keyboard - it's been around unchanged for a while and tech is now a hype-based "what's next" culture - but it's always just a bunch of hand-waving and name-dropping experimental technologies.

Mouse and keyboard is dead, "cannibalized" by touch, which is now also dying? This is ridiculous. The entire world of "getting things done" on a computer - business productivity, programming, content creation, science - is still firmly entrenched in KB-mouse. Nothing has even come within a longshot of challenging that yet.

I'm sure I'm somewhat biased by interacting mostly with tech-savvy people, but even people like my mom - who loves her iPad and is right in that target demographic - still use a mouse and keyboard every day. I just don't understand how anyone can claim that we are even close to replacing those tools.

I don't think this is necessarily about replacing stuff like the keyboard and mouse though. If you look at where touch and gesture-based interfaces have really made inroads it isn't the traditional computer power-user, it's been casual use (including gaming). Just because we still have good use cases for keyboard + mouse doesn't mean the impact of good touch based displays hasn't been enormous. I don't think it's out of the question that other interfaces that overcome some of the issues with touch will come to prevalence in the near future.

Indeed, in any case things like leapmotion will make certain specialized accessories like 3D-mouses obsolete, but a regular mouse? that's going to be around for ages.

because if technology X exists someone wants to write a blog post or article about how X is dead.

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