Logitech® and Immersion® Add the Sense of Touch to Microsoft® Windows® XP, Word and Excel
Logitech's Newest iFeelOptical Mouse Enhances Popular Productivity Software with Tactile Feedback Technology
Fremont, CA, and San Jose, CA - November 1, 2001 -- Logitech (NASDAQ:LOGIY) (Switzerland:LOGN, LOGZ) and Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ: IMMR), today announced the expanded functionality of the Logitech® iFeel Mouse for productivity applications. With the addition of Immersion® TouchWare® Business software, the ability to "feel" has now been expanded to Microsoft® Excel, Word and Windows® XP. The iFeel mouse was first created to enhance the computing experience by engaging the sense of touch. To help users navigate through increasingly intricate software, the mouse provides touch sensations, or pulses, when moving the cursor over Windows menus, functions and icons as well as web links. The new iFeel Mouse with TouchWare Business software offers increased utility by pairing common tasks in Excel and Word together with intuitive tactile responses, delivering even further on the productivity promise of these programs. The new Logitech iFeel Mouse bundled with Touch Ware Business will be available in December at various retail outlets and online for a retail price of $39.95 USD. TouchWare Business is available for current iFeel Mouse users at no charge by visiting www.immersion.com.
"Adding tactile experience to two of the most commonly used Microsoft Office programs expands the overall productivity benefits of the iFeel Mouse," said Chris Bull, director of product marketing for pointing devices at Logitech. "We are pleased to once again partner with Immersion to add the sense of touch to the computer human interface."
"Adding the sense of touch with Immersion's TouchWare Business will improve people's accuracy and navigation through business applications by giving them a more intuitive and natural computer interface," said Bert Parekh, general manager and vice president computing and entertainment for Immersion. "It will help them connect better with their daily work by adding the previously missing and often taken for granted sense of touch to the computer."
The sense of touch was added to the general computing experience in August 2000, when Logitech introduced the first commercially available mouse with tactile feedback sensations using Immersion's licensed TouchSense technology. Recent studies of registered iFeel Mouse users have shown that users experience greater accuracy when using an iFeel mouse, enabling them to concentrate less on using their mouse and more on the task at hand.
The new iFeel Mouse has an attractive silver finish and is designed to fit comfortably in either the left or right hand. An 800 dpi optical sensor replaces the traditional ball mechanism, providing smoother cursor movement across the screen with greater accuracy. The mouse includes two buttons and a scroll wheel that doubles as a third button. The scroll wheel can be programmed to instantly connect to the Internet using Logitech MouseWare® drivers. All three buttons are individually programmable and can be set to the user's preference.
The iFeel Mouse connects to a Windows® compatible computer via USB and works with Windows® 98 or later. TouchWare Business supports Microsoft Excel 2000 or later and Word 2000 or later. As is the case for all of Logitech products, the iFeel mouse is compatible with the Windows® XP operating system. The mouse has a five-year limited warranty.About Logitech:
Founded in 1981, Logitech designs, manufactures and markets innovative peripherals that provide people with easy access to the digital world. The Company's product family includes Internet video cameras, mice and trackballs, keyboards, audio and telephony products, interactive gaming devices and 3D controllers.
In March 2001, Logitech completed the purchase of Labtec Inc., a Vancouver, Washington-based provider of high-technology and other peripherals and accessories for computing, communication and entertainment. The Labtec brand, which includes a variety of PC audio and other peripherals designed to offer affordable quality, is now marketed by Logitech.
With operational headquarters through its U.S. subsidiary in Fremont, California, and regional headquarters through local subsidiaries in Switzerland, Taiwan and Hong Kong, Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded in Switzerland on the Swiss Stock Exchange (LOGN and LOGZ) and in the U.S. on the Nasdaq National Market System (LOGIY). The company has manufacturing facilities in Asia and offices in major cities in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.About Immersion:
Founded in 1993, Immersion Corp. (NASDAQ: IMMR) develops, licenses and markets advanced hardware and software technologies and products that let people touch the digital world. Immersion's haptic technology can be applied to virtually every digital experience including personal computing, entertainment, medical training, automotive interfaces, and three-dimensional simulation. Immersion's patented TouchSense technology can dramatically improve computer users' performance and productivity by unlocking their sense of touch and allowing them to feel what they see and do on the computer screen. Immersion's medical simulation systems allow healthcare professionals to improve their procedural skills and increase patient safety by using 'digital patients'. Immersion and its wholly owned subsidiaries hold over 100 issued patents worldwide.
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