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Is This Microsoft's Version of Apple's Magic Mouse?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 30 comments

Apple's recently launched Magic Mouse marries the track pad with a more traditional input device to bring us a mouse with multitouch capabilities. However, it seems Microsoft has been planning it's own multitouch mouse for a while.

istartedsomething points to growing evidence that suggests Microsoft could take on Apple's Magic Mouse with a touch sensitive version of its stylish Arc mouse. The site reports that several European etailers boast listings for a product called the "Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse," with a $70 price tag that's in line with what the Magic Mouse costs.

Also lending weight to the theory of a multitouch Arc is the domain arctouchmouse.com, which Microsoft registered in late March.

In 2009, Microsoft Research published a paper presenting the possibilities of "novel input devices that combine the standard capabilities of a computer mouse with multi-touch sensing." Of the five devices detailed in the paper, the one that looks most like Microsoft's Arc mouse is the FTIR mouse (pictured above), which involves IR lights and an IR camera.

(istartedsomething via Slash Gear)

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    dolce_ardore , July 5, 2010 9:52 PM
    I used Apple's Magic Mouse for a while and there's a certain one-fingered gesture I'd like to give to its designers.
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    Anonymous , July 5, 2010 8:24 PM
    From the pictures..,the hand looks stressed - carpel tunnel syndrome, heard of it??
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    r_pad , July 5, 2010 7:29 PM
    Gestures should be kept on laptops and mice on desktops.
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    jhansonxi , July 5, 2010 7:22 PM
    Definitely different. I wonder if it is responsive enough (and resistant to false clicks) for gaming.
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    r_pad , July 5, 2010 7:29 PM
    Gestures should be kept on laptops and mice on desktops.
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    nforce4max , July 5, 2010 8:09 PM
    Let me think, doesn't look COD4 or WoW friendly, and questionable performance for office work. If it is not good for gaming its not good for the office.
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    Anonymous , July 5, 2010 8:24 PM
    From the pictures..,the hand looks stressed - carpel tunnel syndrome, heard of it??
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    Drag0nR1der , July 5, 2010 8:27 PM
    Is there really anything you can do with a touchpad mouse that you can't do quicker and easier with a decent multi-buttoned mouse?
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    freename , July 5, 2010 8:40 PM
    Maybe it's just me, but I like tactile feedback from my mouse.
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    JonathanDeane , July 5, 2010 8:50 PM
    freenameMaybe it's just me, but I like tactile feedback from my mouse.


    Keyboards and mice need that nice click. Some people seem to be able to deal with it but a lot of us need the clicky... Thats one thing about the Wii they did get right was having it vibrate when you highlight a button (some games anyway) it adds a little more feedback that yeah your in the right spot.

    Even gesture based mouse use throws me off (I had to turn it off in Opera it kept happening on accident.
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    TheDuke , July 5, 2010 8:52 PM
    freenameMaybe it's just me, but I like tactile feedback from my mouse.

    i need the click
    hate those laptops with those keyboards that offer little to no resistance
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    nevertell , July 5, 2010 8:57 PM
    Drag0nR1derIs there really anything you can do with a touchpad mouse that you can't do quicker and easier with a decent multi-buttoned mouse?

    Yes, like pinch-zooming, rotating, and, ummmm.... That's it.
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    dolce_ardore , July 5, 2010 9:52 PM
    I used Apple's Magic Mouse for a while and there's a certain one-fingered gesture I'd like to give to its designers.
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    alextheblue , July 5, 2010 10:38 PM
    dolce_ardoreI used Apple's Magic Mouse for a while and there's a certain one-fingered gesture I'd like to give to its designers.

    The thumbs up? :p 
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    saran008 , July 5, 2010 10:49 PM
    looks nice! Have to see the reviews once it hits the market!
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    zybch , July 6, 2010 12:41 AM
    Still looks a lot like its in beta. MS's mice are generally way more polished than this nasty looking thing in the blurry image.
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    togenshi , July 6, 2010 1:41 AM
    I wish that the magic mouse was in the form of the logitech g5. The mouse being shallow hurts your hand after a while.
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    eddieroolz , July 6, 2010 2:19 AM
    I'm not interested in this whole multitouch mouse thing. I'd stick to my Logitech VX Revolution.
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    Anonymous , July 6, 2010 2:28 AM
    I actually like the magic mouse except for its pancake like hight. I would have much rather had a ergonomically correct mouse. Maybe the Microsoft arch one will be better?
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    Azriel4444 , July 6, 2010 2:35 AM
    LOL I would be perfectly fine with this mouse and a touchscreen keyboard. All the feedback I need is on the screen.
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    dEAne , July 6, 2010 3:15 AM
    Hahaha this is great just like a touch pad.
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    andrewcutter , July 6, 2010 4:04 AM
    Drag0nR1derIs there really anything you can do with a touchpad mouse that you can't do quicker and easier with a decent multi-buttoned mouse?

    using multi touch in softwares such as mudbox for modelling would be great. will be loads better i think....
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    war2k9 , July 6, 2010 4:35 AM
    It looks like all the fanboys of M$ is happy with it, bou for me i will stick with my logitch mouse. I wonder why M$ make a mouse like this?
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