Microsoft introduces Touch Mouse at CES

Touch Mouse

Microsoft has unveiled a multitouch mouse that responds to gestures as well as standard mouse functions.

Introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Microsoft's Touch Mouse for Windows 7 allows the user not just to click and scroll, but also to swipe and flick when interacting with the PC.

Up to three fingers can be used for a variety of different actions. For instance, with one digit users can scan, pan and tilt documents with simple flicks while the thumb can be used to navigate web browsers.

The device also comes with BlueTrack Technology to allow for multi-surface use.

Microsoft's product will be going head to head with the Apple Magic Mouse, another touch-enabled product that was released back in 2009.

"When we set out to develop a multitouch input device for Windows 7, we explored a lot of options but determined this form factor and technology is best because it lets people grip their mouse and point and click, while also allowing for rich gestures," said Hrvoje Benko, researcher in the Microsoft Research Group.

"Touch Mouse is our stake in the ground with multitouch PC input devices and is really just the beginning of things to come."

The mouse came out of what the Redmond giant labelled the Mouse 2.0 project, which ended up producing five prototypes.

The mouse is due for release in June 2011 but will be open for preordering this week.

Elsewhere at CES 2011, Microsoft revealed it has plans to create a Windows operating system compatible with ARM processors as the Redmond firm seeks to take on Apple in the smartphone and tablet sectors.

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