Apple has been given a patent for a mouse that includes a built-in scanner and display.
The patent details a mouse with special sensors that can scan its surface, transferring the image to a screen embedded within the mouse itself. The added sensors would also help with tracking, making it an incredibly accurate pointing device.
The built in “chromatic sensor” would allow a user to scan a document simply by dragging the mouse over it.
Apple’s patent applications are certainly not always evident of future products – the company is famous for designing and prototyping an array of weird and wonderful devices, that it quite often simply throws into oblivion.
If this did become reality, I guess there would be no more waiting around the office photocopier, eh?