My question is this: can laser mice work on soft surfaces, like cloth?
The reason I'm asking is because I'm a trackball user who lays back in a recliner when on the computer, with the keyboard on my lap and the mouse on my leg or chest (because trackballs do not require movement and can be used on any surface). The trackball's fine except that it doesn't have a scroll bar on it, and the only trackballs with scroll bars are either expensive, or thumb-operated (handling a trackball with my thumb doesn't sound very fun :freak: )
So I'm wondering if laser mice actually need a hard, flat surface, or can I use a laser mouse well on, say, a pillow, or my legs/ pants while reclining?
If they do need the flat surface, do you guys see any alternatives for me? Like an air or finger mouse or something?
Reclining back while computing/ programming is just so comfortable - I don't want to give it up