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by Mike Zazaian September 25, 2006 - 11:53am, No Comments

Sysgration's ASG 142 Skype mouse, flipped open

A new product from the Taiwanese company Sysgration doubles as a compact mouse and a wireless Skype flip-phone.

While Netgear’s wireless Skype phone was the first to market, the New ASG 142 Skype phone from Sysgration is the new king of Skype cool. Supposing, of course, that such a thing asSkype cool exists.

Seemingly a compact mouse at first glance, the ASG 142 unfolds to reveal a fully-functional WiFi phone that can make free calls to anywhere in the world. Like the Netgear offering the ASG 142 phone connects to any available unsecured wireless network, allowing its user to place voice over IP calls with the popular Skype interface.

Sysgration's ASG 142 Skype mouse, as a mouse

The 1.3-inch LCD screen on the phone allows users to scroll though all the information available on the Skype PC interface, such as contacts and history. While the greenish backlit LCD can’t hold a candle to the colorful, high-detail screen on the Netgear, the ASG boasts a hands-free speaker phone function that the Netgear doesn’t have.

Unfortunately, the phone/mouse is required to be connected to a standard USB 2.0 or USB 1.1 port, giving Netgear a leg-up in the portability department. Still, with a 800dpi optical sensor and 3.5 ounces, ASG 142 would still be a decent portable mouse even without the Skype capabilities. Sysgration has yet to announce the price or release date for the product yet, but it’s likely to be much lower than Netgear’s $250 mark.

[via The Inquirer]