On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc updated the company’s Windows blog with news of an updated Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse ($69.95). If you’re unfamiliar with this device, it looks like it belongs in the Star Trek: The Next Generation universe, sporting a curvy, bendable back and a touch strip in the middle for swiping, tapping and flicking across the Internet.
According to LeBlanc, users merely flatten the back to turn off the peripheral. The mouse also includes BlueTrack technology so that it can be used on most surfaces, such as the couch or the user’s leg. Other features include a new look and color, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE, which eliminates the need to use a USB nano transceiver.
The Arc Touch Bluetooth Mouse will be made available sometime this month.
Next up we have the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition ($29.95), which now includes three new designs for your clicking pleasure: Geo Prism, Bandage Stripes and Aqua Paisley. Like the Arc Touch, these three mice include BlueTrack technology and a plug-and-go nano transceiver that can be stored inside the peripheral. This series also promises battery life up to 8 months.
In addition to the mice, Microsoft has also introduced the wired Xbox One controller for Windows ($59.95). Gamers merely need to plug the peripheral into a free USB port using the provided 9-foot cable, and Windows will recognize the accessory.
“The Xbox One Controller is the best controller Xbox has ever made. It comes with over 40 innovations to the award-winning Xbox 360 Controller, redesigned thumbsticks, and an all new D-pad provide greater precision. You can also use the same controller to connect wirelessly to your Xbox One or also via the cable too,” LeBlanc said.
The Xbox One Controller will be available in November.
In a separate blog, Microsoft’s Suzanne Choney revealed a new Universal Mobile Keyboard ($79.95). This peripheral connects via Bluetooth, allowing it to work with Windows, iOS and Android via an OS switch. Features include a Chiclet-style keyset and a protective cover that turns off the keyboard when closed; open it back up and the keyboard switches on. The cover also has an integrated stand that can be removed.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard will be available in October.