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At last, a mouse or two designed with child's hand in mind

It seems that manufacturers of computer peripherals and game controllers must be testing their mice and controllers on guys about 6-foot-8 with massive hands.

That's my conclusion after the first Microsoft Xbox controller caused my hands to cramp and I watched dozens of children under 10 struggle to get a good grasp on a computer mouse.

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KidzMouse Inc., a California-based company, has independently taken note of the latter observation. The manufacturer of niche peripherals and educational software has come up with kid-size mice that they're selling in major stores and online at their Web site, www.kidzmouse.com.

The Kidzmouse ($24.95 and $29.95) is designed for children ages 2 to 10 using Macs with OS 9.1 through OS-X and PCs running Windows 98SE through Windows XP.

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Squeeze the mouse's head and it will perform the function that the left button on a regular mouse will do. Moreover, the mice have optical sensors, which makes for sweet, accurate mousing.

Not only are these mice the right size, but Burlingame has some that are themed for children. One has SpongeBob SquarePants while others have Elmo, Cookie Monster, Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh.

Earphones ($19.95 and $24.95) for kids, in two sizes, will accommodate children ages 2 to 13. The earphones match the mice in artistic themes.

They come with a Universal Serial Bus port connector and a plug for the regular PS/2 connector.


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