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Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Breaks Cover


Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse Breaks Cover

The futuristic lines of Microsoft’s latest mouse have been revealed by German online retailer Notebooksbilliger, though the eye-catching product has since been pulled from the site.

Still, the cat is out of the bag as Engadget snuck in and raided its virtual shelves for a full close up look at the striking looking mouse, before it was taken down.

Whatever you say about Microsoft, you can’t criticise its hardware design team for not being adventurous.

The idea of the mouse is that it will be curved for use in the hand, but will lie flat when not in use. It is designed to track on nearly any surface thanks to Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology and connects to your computer via a 2.4GHz transceiver.

It won't support gestures like Apple’s Magic Mouse but it does feature a touch sensitive surface for scrolling, with nary a wheel in sight. There's an integrated battery controller visible too.

Truth be told, it's the design rather than the technology that's interesting about this, but we're keen to get our hands on one and see if it really works as a product as well as a piece of art.

We expect we'll be able to do so shortly when this goes official, with an expected list price of €69.99.

Via: Engadget.


August 19, 2010, 12:42 pm

Looks well ugly.


August 19, 2010, 1:32 pm

I like it. Although it looks more like a slug than a mouse. I'll be interested to see how it curves up... is it automatic or do you have to do it?

Ian Yates

August 19, 2010, 4:31 pm

Slug? More like a leech the way it folds and flattens ;)

How will it stay in the arched position? And those look more like concept renders than product shots...


August 19, 2010, 8:03 pm

@IanYates: Muscle wire? Memory metal? Bi-stable Spring? Sprung segmented toggle? I couldn't say for sure until I play with one.

I currently use one of these ( http://www.microsoft.com/hardw... )as my regular mouse and find it very comfortable to use all day and carry to meetings. I'm very interested to see what the functionality of this mouse is going to be.


August 23, 2010, 9:54 pm

I love my arc keyboard. Maybe I'll get one of these to go with it. The problem with wireless mice is the battery life though...


August 23, 2010, 11:47 pm

Sorry, I have to say it. LOL. I wonder if someone will write a program to make the mouse walk. :P

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