One of the new products at the CES 2011 which perhaps hasn’t grabbed quite as many headlines as some others is the Microsoft Touch Mouse.
Obviously computer peripherals aren’t as exciting to most of us as tablets, telepresence robots and stunning phones. Having said that, anything which helps me operate my PC that bit quicker and easier is a good thing in my book so I decided to take a closer look at this new mouse.
It is a wireless mouse and can be used only in conjunction with Windows 7. The really innovative thing about it is the range of gestures which you can use to control your onscreen actions.
The people at Microsoft say that two years of development work and hundreds of discarded prototype models have been needed for them to come up with the finished product which they have been displaying these last few days.
One of the aims of the mouse is to help users carry out the most common Windows tasks in a more intuitive way, and that is where the gesture control bit comes in. The blog of the Windows Team has some very graphic examples of the gesture controls, of which there are quite a number.
These gestures work because of the touch strip which runs over the top of the device, and which is described as a matrix of “capacitive touch sensing electrodes”. You can carry out different gestures with either 1, 2 or 3 figures to do things like scroll, go back and forward, pan and manage multiple windows.
As it uses BluTrack technology you will have no problem using it on just about any type of surface.
The new Microsoft Touch Mouse will cost $80 in the US when it goes on sale in May of this year although you can pre order it from Amazon right now. So what are you waiting on?