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Microsoft to unveil "BlueTrack" mice on September 9th?

by Parm Mann on 27 August 2008, 14:41

Tags: Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT)

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The Microsoft Hardware team has something up its sleeve, and it has today decided to tease the world with an animation over at its official website.

The simple animation, captured below, shows a blue logo and ends with a message that states "Say Goodbye to Laser".

Naturally, the Interweb has been buzzing with theories on Microsoft's successor to the current laser mice. The Redmond-based giant is known to be looking into new interactions, and multi-touch functionality will be integral to Windows 7.

However, this so-called goodbye to laser isn't quite so extreme. With Google as our aid, we've done a big of digging and stumbled upon the Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse, a product available for pre-order from Amazon.co.uk for £49.99.

Details on the product are limited, but Amazon.de sheds a few details and lists it as a "BlueTrack" device with 2.4GHz wireless technology.

Eagle-eyed readers will note that the logo on the mouse is near-identical to the logo on Microsoft's teaser animation. We're pretty certain, therefore, that BlueTrack mice will be the big announcement come September 9th.

Though details on the blue optical sensor remain unknown, we're hoping it'll work better on uneven surfaces, unlike the current laser mice. We'll find out in just under two weeks.



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so it's just a higher frequency light wave?…

so it will pick up slightly more surface detail and be more slightly accurate?
Sounds really pointless to me. Unless Microsoft has some trick up it's sleeve I can't see people buying this for any reason other than the novelty of a blue light under their mouse.
The blue light is actually a microscope that a small woodland creature housed inside the casing is looking through, then moving a tiny ball inside the mouse with his hands.

This thing's DPI is so great because the ball the woodland creature is moving is so small.

Apparently.
TAKTAK
so it's just a higher frequency light wave?…

so it will pick up slightly more surface detail and be more slightly accurate?

That would make sense if you consider differences between blu-ray and dvd

Subnet1
Sounds really pointless to me. Unless Microsoft has some trick up it's sleeve I can't see people buying this for any reason other than the novelty of a blue light under their mouse.

I dont think it is just a blue light its a blue laser.

koocha
The blue light is actually a microscope that a small woodland creature housed inside the casing is looking through, then moving a tiny ball inside the mouse with his hands.

This thing's DPI is so great because the ball the woodland creature is moving is so small.

Apparently.

:lol:
Biscuit
I dont think it is just a blue light its a blue laser.

Well the first image on the news article says, “Say Goobye to Laser” so it can't be :confused: