Signs point to Microsoft introducing multi-touch mouse

According to this post over at istartedsomething, Microsoft may introduce a multi-touch mouse as early as tomorrow. A number of European retailers have added listings for a "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse," and Redmond registered the arctouchmouse.com domain several months ago. The online listings suggest a street price similar to that of Apple’s own multi-touch Magic Mouse, which was introduced last October.

If the Arc Touch is indeed a multi-touch mouse, some will no doubt exclaim that this is yet another example of Microsoft pillaging an Apple design. However, it’s worth noting that Microsoft was researching several multi-touch mouse technologies (PDF) before the Magic Mouse materialized.

Microsoft mice have always fit my hands better than other designs, but the name of this potential multi-touch model has me a little worried. The existing Arc Mouse doesn’t look to be nearly as sculpted or ergonomic as my Wireless Laser Mouse 6000, and I’d expect a touch-capable variant to maintain the same basic shape. The Arc’s shape does, however, look like a good match for the multi-touch surface used in FTIR prototype detailed in the Microsoft research paper linked above. Thanks to Engadget for the tip.

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    • shank15217
    • 9 years ago

    Apple has nothing on Microsoft regarding multi-touch anything… Apple’s multi touch software is about where MS was like 10 years ago.

    • shank15217
    • 9 years ago

    Can you pinch and zoom with a touch mouse? Horizontal scroll, rotate…? I’m not about to put a touch pad and a mouse on my desktop.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Direct Neural Interface or bust!

      • henfactor
      • 9 years ago

      If that does not happen in my lifetime, I will be sorely disappointed.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Who’s going to sign on as an alpha or beta tester while they debug that? Oh, I guess you meant something that doesn’t require invasive surgery. Performed by Microsoft-certified surgeons.

      I can just imagine what you’re getting yourself into if it’s Apple.

      Steve Jobs: you’re holding your /[

    • wira020
    • 9 years ago

    Why not just make multi touch pad ( like mouse pad but not for mouse, and the surface is multitouch )… Why even make it a mouse????

      • shank15217
      • 9 years ago

      Touchpads are inefficient with tracking, try a RTS with a touchpad.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        Kinda like how multitouch is amongst the least precise methods of pixel control out there. Broad strokes to flip through pages/objects: check. Finite control of objects? Horribly inaccurate and clumsyg{<.<}g

          • shank15217
          • 9 years ago

          Right.. that’s why people use touch + pen surfaces for sketching

    • eitje
    • 9 years ago

    What’s wrong with isometric joysticks?!

    • Prion
    • 9 years ago

    Why do people hate trackballs now?

      • BenBasson
      • 9 years ago

      Now? Were they _ever_ liked?

        • [TR]
        • 9 years ago

        They’re all I’ve used for a good 12 years.
        I just hate the fact that there are few thumb driven models out there. I’ve been using the same model for 8 years now. I’d really like one with a few more buttons but I’m not giving it up for any mouse!
        (And I do play games with it, and it works just fine.)

          • UberGerbil
          • 9 years ago

          About a million years ago I had a Compaq 486 laptop with a thumb ball in the screen bezel; the mouse buttons were on the back (top) side of screen and you sort of pinched the bezel between your thumb and fingers. It actually worked surprisingly well but your arm tended to get tired. I preferred it to a TrackPoint, but not to the really good touchpads that started arriving soon after.

      • wibeasley
      • 9 years ago

      I didn’t like how easily they gummed up.

    • ShadowTiger
    • 9 years ago

    Whats the point of a touch mouse… either get a touchpad or a touch screen, this is a piece of junk nobody needs.

    Meanwhile, I need to get a new Razor mouse because this copperhead is slowly dying.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      A touch mouse is something for the non-portable computers that said computers don’t really need.

      • Farting Bob
      • 9 years ago

      Theres no reason for MS to do this other than apple has one. And therefore MS must react.

        • Arag0n
        • 9 years ago

        I guess that a multitouch mouse could have so much functionality for RTS games and picture galleries. Sure it’s the same as using the wheel, but the feeling it’s much better.

        • Skrying
        • 9 years ago

        Microsoft was working on these before Apple released their touch enabled mouse. There’s Microsoft Research video that shows the various concepts they had created and tested.

    • Meadows
    • 9 years ago

    What’s wrong with buttons all of a sudden?

      • Chrispy_
      • 9 years ago

      The fashion victims won’t buy them because they’re old-fashined 🙂

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