The company claims that its new BlueTrack mice and keyboards are more versatile, accurate, and rugged than the current generation of laser-guided peripherals.
The heart of the new system, said Microsoft, is the use of a larger beam and an updated optical system. The blue beam is said to be some four times larger than the current laser tracking system. This allows the BlueTrack mouse to work on surfaces such as carpet which had previously been difficult to use.
"BlueTrack Technology excels in areas where optical and laser technologies were falling short," said Microsoft platforms engineering manager Mark DePue.
"Laser mice, for example, have a difficult time working on some common home surfaces, including granite and marble."
DePue also said that the BlueTrack mice would be more rugged than their predecessors and less prone to interference fron dust and dirt build-up.
Microsoft has already unveiled three mice models, including a new crescent shaped "Explorer" mouse, a new Sidewinder gaming mouse model, and a miniaturized version of the Explorer mouse.
The Explorer models will be released this fall, while the Sidewinder is slated to hit shelves by February of next year.
Users looking to use the mice on their glass or mirrored tables will be disappointed to know, however, that BlueTrack mice will not work on those surfaces.
Microsoft unveils BlueTrack
By Shaun Nichols on Sep 11, 2008 4:16PM