What is this?

I have fond memories in my childhood of trying to figure out puzzles and feeling a bit of warm self-satisfaction when I was able to figure them out on my own.  One of my favorite puzzles in particular was in a famous gaming magazine that had a monthly section in which they would feature several close-ups of objects, and you would have to figure out what they were from the visual perspective they provided.  I thought I would try something of the same, but geared only toward technology.  Below is a picture of such an object.  Please submit your guesses in the comments section, and the first person to guess correctly will have their name featured as the winner in the next puzzle picture!  (Geeknews staff are excluded)  Good luck!

What is this??

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3 thoughts on “What is this?”

  1. Hey, that’s a good one! Took me a few seconds to figure it out.

    Here’s a hint – look at the LEDs and the mechanisms they’re paired with.

  2. It was almost like seeing “mouse-bot” while he was still in the womb. *tear*

    It is definetely an optical mouse but the enclosure in the front might mean it was an optical trackball. This was definitely fun but next time remove the “howstuffworks.com” logo at the bottom so we can’t check our answers. 🙂

  3. Definitely not an Optical Mouse. It is a stock standard mouse (the one with the heavy ball). The visible white rollers are a giveaway

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