Microsoft teases new, ‘touchy’ device

No doubt miffed that gadget blogs were inexplicably excited about Apple’s Magic Trackpad last month, the folks at Microsoft Hardware have posted a couple of tweets with teaser images revealing a mysterious upcoming product. Assembled together, the two images look like so:

The first tweet also provides one hint: "Don’t be so touchy…flat is where it’s at." (And no, there isn’t a bigger image.)

Considering Microsoft Hardware is all about mice and keyboards, one would be tempted to think this upcoming product is some sort of multi-touch mouse. That certainly wouldn’t be the first hint; Microsoft demoed multi-touch mouse prototypes last year, and e-tail listings for a "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse" quietly appeared last month. The pictured design doesn’t look very arc-like, but who knows… perhaps Microsoft has more than one multi-touch peripheral up its sleeve. (Thanks to Engadget for the tip.)

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    • glynor
    • 10 years ago

    I really hope that Microsoft does put out something just like Apple’s new trackpad. That form-factor looks PERFECT for my HTPC.

    However, based on my experience with Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard and Windows, I’m not excited to try making the Apple one work with Windows on my HTPC and I’d prefer a Microsoft one in a heartbeat.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 10 years ago

    That’s classified. Let’s just say I’m on the road a lot and where me and mah buddy go, explosions are sure to follow.

    MS Bob2 is going to be hot and surely better than some phone or ereader that’ll be discounted by this time next year, if not this time next month.

    • TaBoVilla
    • 10 years ago

    its a gray bed sheet, with a microsoft logo on the bottom, so you can dream microsoft actually delivers anything exciting.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 10 years ago

    I want a wireless touch device.

    • Tumbleweed
    • 10 years ago

    Word on the street is that it’s an ebook reader.

    • albundy
    • 10 years ago

    looks like an ipad holder for the straighter crowd.

    • Ricardo Dawkins
    • 10 years ago

    Looks like a render to me. 😀

    • blastdoor
    • 10 years ago

    I think it looks a little like a garage door opener… or maybe an electric razor?

      • SHOES
      • 10 years ago

      looks like a personal massage device!

      edit: Ok maybe not but hey u never know with microsoft.

    • wira020
    • 10 years ago

    It looks like the back of a phone.. Microsoft marketing needs to learn more.. I got no feeling of excitement whatsoever from this pic.. this pic could be anything… and they should have just leak it to some tech blog like Apple would do..

      • Duck
      • 10 years ago

      Agreed.

      Bet Apple heard about this MS pad and quickly brought out their own so Apple and all the Apple fanboys can say MS copied another Apple innovation.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 10 years ago

      Yeah, good call. That’s what I was thinking.

    • HisDivineShadow
    • 10 years ago

    Doesn’t look like an “arc” to me.

    I’m betting its the MS Bob2. Think of it as the Windows 7 to Bob’s Vista. You set it in front of your windows computer and little tendrils pop out of the flat surface, latching into the USB ports. In this way, it will type and move the mouse pointer where it needs to go. You tell the MS Bob2 that you want to write an essay on George Washington. It rapidly generates one for you based on a MS-developed algorithm that randomly generates grammatically appropriate word combinations.

    Perhaps you need to create an excel file for all your expenses. You just tell MS Bob2 everything you spent money on and it will broadcast that information to Microsoft. After Microsoft stores the information for their use in tailoring ads for you, it will then generate an excel file for you, print it out, and advise you of an exciting opportunity for you to invest into male enhancement pills.

    MS Bob2 was called Project Skynet internally. Its release date is August 29th, 2012.

      • wira020
      • 10 years ago

      Do you have an android bodyguard from the future?

    • FuturePastNow
    • 10 years ago

    They’re “teasing” images that show nothing because they have nothing to show.

      • tay
      • 10 years ago

      Courier Trackpad? Microsoft vaporware in action until they have a competitive product in a few years.

        • sweatshopking
        • 10 years ago

        wow. you guys are hostile. Microsoft seems to be doing better all the time.

      • indeego
      • 10 years ago

      This. Microsoft is certainly lacking in the art of the finesse of surprise reveals. I almost think they should release products and then a week later say, oh snap we released that LAST WEEK, HOW’S ABOUT THAT APPLEg{

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