Asus a Taiwanese multinational computer hardware and electronics company, today launched a multi-touch optical mouse which is off course wireless one .

The futuristic-looking device is not the first to try to reinvent the mouse, but it also functions as a wireless remote, making it quite a versatile little thing. The circular trackpad supports Windows 8 multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom, rotate and Start menu toggle.

All these characteristics make it especially good for one-handed control when you’re away from the computer, Asus says. If you’re looking for a device to control your living room media PC, the VivoMouse might turn out to be a good choice.

Hands-on gallery added below, and there’s also a demo video after the break. The VivoMouse is actually slimmer than we expected, and when held in air, you can scroll pages by simply stroking along the lower edge of the circular trackpad. Other usual Windows 8 gestures are supported, including pinch-to-zoom, rotate, start menu toggle and sidebar toggle. The LED underneath the device uses blue light for better tracking as well. It’s a pretty slick device, but hopefully it’s won’t be too pricey, either.

Asus has also launched the VivoPC, a compact, metallic PC that’s 56mm tall and smaller than a sheet of A4 paper. It sports 802.11ac Wi-Fi for HD video streaming and Asus’ SonicMaster audio technology, which brings “incredible” sound quality with external speakers.

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