This Startup Has A Special Thumbthing

What has a six-foot tail, weighs less than 1.5 ounces, and can operate a personal computer? Answer: Thumbelina, said to be the world's smallest computer mouse. Made by Appoint Inc., a Paso Robles (Calif.) startup, the matchbook-size Thumbelina can control the on-screen actions of any Apple Computer Macintosh or IBM PC-compatible. The key to the tiny device is a pea-size trackball, which doesn't need to be rolled on a flat surface like an ordinary mouse. Thus, you can sit back from your computer, hold it in your hand, and work the three-button device with just your thumb.

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