updated 10:40 am EDT, Wed August 27, 2008
MS Blue Track Mouse Leak
Amazon's German branch today inadvertently slipped details of Microsoft's Explore Mini Mouse with Blue Track, revealing a new technology the American company plans to launch in the near future. The listing contains few details, but through an investigation at Italian site is known to drop laser technology in favor of a cousin of earlier optical technology: it switches to a more precise blue LED and a wide-angle lens that Microsoft will claim is accurate while still working on more surfaces than either red-light optical or lasers.
The Explore Mini in particular is designed for notebooks and has both a five-button layout as well as a mini-USB receiver that stows away under the mouse itself when not in use, hinting at the use of RF wireless instead of Bluetooth.
The online retailer doesn't tip its hand as to when the Explore Mini or other Blue Track mice will be released, though Microsoft itself has posted a teaser graphic likely connected to the technology and should launch at least one new peripheral soon. [via Engadget]