Microsoft's Multitouch Mouse Takes Windows 7 to the Next Level
Mouse 2.0 research becomes a reality with the new Microsoft Touch Mouse
Today at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled the Touch Mouse, a new multitouch device designed for Windows 7 that lets people click, flick, scroll and swipe, making it easy and fun to interact with their PCs. Born from the Mouse 2.0 project conducted by Microsoft Research and the Applied Sciences Group, the Touch Mouse combines the virtues of a mouse with the rich natural language of gesture that lets people interact with Windows 7 in a more intuitive way.
As Easy as One, Two, Three
Touch Mouse lets people do everything they are used to doing with a mouse, such as point and click, but also adds gestures with one, two or three fingers to amplify the Windows 7 operating system by creating simple shortcuts to the tasks people want to do most.
- One finger lets people manage individual documents or pages by flicking to quickly scroll, pan and tilt, and one thumb lets people move back or forward through a Web browser.
- Two fingers manage windows, letting people maximize, minimize, snap and restore them.
- Three fingers let people navigate their whole desktop, showing instant viewer or clearing their desktop.
From Research to Reality
The Touch Mouse evolved from the Mouse 2.0 project (http://www.microsoft.com/appliedsciences/content/projects/Mouse20.aspx), a Microsoft study that combined the standard capabilities of a mouse with multitouch sensing and resulted in five prototypes. Although all the Mouse 2.0 prototypes explored different touch-sensing strategies and form factors, the currently code-named “Cap Mouse” was ultimately selected to become the Touch Mouse and help move the PC experience forward.
The Touch Mouse is equipped with BlueTrack Technology, letting consumers track on virtually any surface,1 and the tiny Nano transceiver is so small it never needs to come out of the USB port — just plug it in and forget it.
Pricing and Availability
The US pricing of the Touch Mouse will be SRP $79.95 and local pricing will be confirmed at a later date. Touch Mouse will be available in Singapore in July 2011. Microsoft backs this mouse with a worldwide three-year limited hardware warranty. More information about these and other Microsoft Hardware products can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/hardware.