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January 9, 2011

Microsoft Touch Mouse debuted at CES

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by Darren Allan

One of the products Microsoft introduced at CES was its Touch Mouse, designed to optimise the Windows 7 experience.

The mouse works just as a normal point and clicking rodent, but also adds multi-touch functionality.

Hrvoje Benko, a Researcher who helped develop the device, explains: “The tasks you do every day – minimizing and maximizing windows, scrolling through Web pages – all that functionality is available right at the top of the mouse with a touch of a finger.”

Touch Mouse users will be able to use a thumb flick to facilitate moving back and forwards in their web browser. Or you can scroll right through a document with the flick of one finger, or manage a window using two fingers, maximizing and minimizing, or snapping a window left or right.

Up the ante to three fingers and you can take command of the entire desktop, switching between tasks or closing all open windows, for instance.

Use your entire fist and bring it down in an overhead hammer blow on top of the peripheral with all your strength, and you’ll… well, you’ll break your mouse. The warranty probably won’t be much use, either.

Anyhow, the whole thing sounds like it’ll take a bit of getting used to, but it’s definitely a novel idea, and we’d be interested to have a play with the device.

That’ll have to wait, however, as the Touch Mouse won’t be on shelves until June of this year. UK pricing is unconfirmed, although it looks like it will cost around $80 in the US, according to Amazon‘s pre-order information.

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3 Comments »
  1. I don’t understand how this can be described as being “definitely a novel concept” when the Apple Magic Mouse will have been available for sale for over one and a half years previously by the time this clone arrives.
    Oh, wait. I know. It’s either a link-bait, shill-tastic, PR puff piece direct from Microsoft. Or just a factually starved ignorant PR puff piece direct from Microsoft.
    Which is it, please? Whichever one applies, you should change the name of your publication from “TechWatch” to perhaps “Huh?”

    Comment by Jonathan — January 9, 2011 @ 2:00 pm

  2. Oh and I just realised (I mentally skimmed over the section the first time due to it being too close to an ad) that your own related links section points out your omission regarding the Magic Mouse.

    Comment by Jonathan — January 9, 2011 @ 2:03 pm

  3. And? What’s your point, Jonathan? You think TW shouldn’t report on what’s being shown at CES on the grounds that we shouldn’t on Microsoft’s own new showcased products?

    Microsoft are not always known for being on the frontiers of hardware development, but as Microsoft products hit the widest consumer segment in home computing, what Microsoft does is still news.

    Even if Apple - and of course Logitech - have already delivered similar.

    Comment by Brian Turner — January 9, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

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