Sunday, January 9, 2011

Microsoft Touch Mouse: Controls Windows 7 multitouch gestures

Microsoft has not been absent from the tablet discussion — Windows tablets have been around for years, but the devices never caught on with the mainstream. At last year’s gadget show, Ballmer demonstrated a sleek “slate” from Hewlett-Packard Co. that runs Windows 7, and today there are several tablets that use Microsoft’s operating system.

Microsoft launched Touch Mouse. From Las Vegas, the U.S. giant has announced its new rodent touch on a project called Mouse 2.0 conducted by Microsoft Research and the Applied Sciences Group. Completely wireless and ambidextrous, she embarks BlueTrack sensor technology that allows it to be almost any field and the USB sensor is so small it can stay in the USB port of a laptop without worry.

Among the devices displayed by Microsoft at CES 2011 is the Touch Mouse, a wireless device that can handle Windows 7 using multitouch gestures.
The device is able to recognize up to 3 finger gestures simultaneously:
- A finger to the offset into the content of documents, websites, etc.
- Two fingers for window management (maximize, minimize, restore, etc.).
- Three fingers to navigate the desktop
The Touch Mouse BlueTrack technology available that allows you to run on any surface.

Designed to work with Windows 7, the new Microsoft mouse is slated to debut later this year (June according to the news release, or May according to the website) for $79.95. See it in action above.

"I’m excited to finally be able to share this mouse with you," writes Hrvoje Benko, one of the researchers who worked on the project, in a blog post. "Touch Mouse is our stake in the ground with multitouch PC input devices and is really just the beginning of things to come."

Magic Mouse de Microsoft ?

When we talk about touchpad, you can not help but think of the model Magic Mouse Apple released last year. Like Apple, Microsoft has thought his mouse in line with the features of Windows 7. Besides the two clicks, it recognizes the different movements made using one to three fingers on its surface. Thus under the thumb, the touch part can enable the "next" or "precedent" in a Web browser. To scroll through a document, you can rub the left click in the desired direction so that the page moves accordingly. By applying two fingers on the surface and making the movements suitable, it is possible to minimize, maximize, restore or magnetize the windows. Finally, three fingers, you control the desktop display. It's a safe bet that the mastery of this mouse will require a small learning curve.


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