Over the years, computer mice have gone through several versions. First we had the ball mouse prone to get all gummed up inside with lint. After the ball mouse came the optical mouse, which offered better tracking but minimal sensitivity. We rejoiced, however, at replacing the gummed-up mouse ball. Finally, we had the laser mouse offering much greater sensitivity than optical mice were capable of, but on some surfaces, the laser mouse provided worse tracking that the optical mouse.
Microsoft has announced a new and exclusive technology that it calls BlueTrack, which replaces the familiar laser and optical technologies. BlueTrack promises to provide the precision of laser sensors with the tracking capability of optical mice. Microsoft says that its BlueTrack sensor can track on surfaces from shiny granite to carpeting. BlueTrack technology doesn’t work on glass or mirrored surfaces.
Microsoft will use the BlueTrack technology in two mice to begin with. The Microsoft Explorer mouse is aimed at notebook users featuring a snap-in transceiver. The mouse is rechargeable, promises three weeks of use per charge, and has a battery status indicator to show when you need to recharge. The mouse also has blue lighting effects around the bottom and 4-way scrolling. Measurements for the Explorer are 3.18-inches W x 4.58-inches L.
The other mouse using the BlueTrack technology is the Explorer Mini Mouse. The differences between the Mini and the full size Explorer is size and power source. The Explorer Mini Mouse measures 2.74-inches W x 3.83-inches L. The Mini also runs on a single AA battery good for six or more months of use. The Microsoft Explorer Mouse will retail for $99.95 and the Explorer Mini will retail for $79.99 when they go on sale in October.Posted on