The Future of Mice (Microsoft Version)

Posted by sumeethevans on October 7 2009, 3:37 AM. Posted in Hardware.

While touring Microsoft's Hardware division, I saw some concept mice that renewed my faith in the quintessential desktop accessory, ones that had capacitive touch surfaces and cameras that enabled an array of precision multitouch gesture. Take a look:

The name of the game is multitouch. The Applied Sciences Group at Microsoft—who helped create with Natal—are basically researching hand-cradled versions of the laptop trackpads and camera gesture systems that are evolving in parallel elsewhere. Though large populations of computer mice may be dying out because buyers prefer laptops over desktops, the mouse still roars in gaming and artistic fields.

Cap Mouse

FTIR (Frustrated Total Internal Reflection) Mouse

Orb Mouse

Arty (Articulated) Mouse

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