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Microsoft Touch Mouse uses Magic Mouse-style gestures

updated 03:50 am EST, Thu January 6, 2011

Microsoft Touch Mouse brings multi-touch

Microsoft's hardware team marked CES by adding a multi-touch mouse. Just known as the Touch Mouse, it relies on a nearly unbroken touch surface to handle many of its commands, like Apple's Magic Mouse. Microsoft's hardware can support two or three fingers for window management and viewing the desktop respectively.

Unlike Apple's implementation, the Touch Mouse can recognize different finger sizes and uses thumb swipes to move back and forward in pages where Apple uses three fingers.

The mouse runs on blue laser tracking and talks to the host computer over RF wireless and a nano USB receiver. Microsoft hasn't given a battery life estimate. Despite the announcement, the company won't have the mouse ready until June, though it already has an official $80 price.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2009

    +13

    what's with the pricing?

    it uses a cheaper non-standard rf transmitter/receiver instead of bluetooth, but it still costs more than the Magic Mouse?

    And, again, they clearly show they have absolutely no shame for directly copying what Apple does.

  1. chefpastry

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Nov 2005

    +8

    Shameless

    Its ridiculous.

  1. msuper69

    Professional Poster

    Joined: Jan 2000

    +9

    The Redmond copiers are back in action...

    do they ever have a jam?

  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002

    +8

    Welcome to the party

    You're only about a year behind.

    Wow! What innovation!

  1. nat

    Junior Member

    Joined: Mar 2002

    +7

    wrenchy

    will be back shortly, he's run out to pick one up.

  1. 140Vair

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2010

    +2

    What About all Those Patents?

    Didn't Apple apply for a bunch of patents on this device? How does Microsoft get away with creating a copycat device?

    Why would one even bother with patenting a product anymore? If someone infringes upon it, most people could never afford to protect it anyway. Of course, if you're a rich company, it gives you the 'option' to fight the infringement I guess.

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