Blue lasers found inside miceMicrosoft updates mouse technology with blue laser

15 September 2008

Microsoft Explorer mouse

Blue lasers made Blu-ray possible, and now they're being put to work in the humble mouse. Microsoft has developed the BlueTrack system, claiming that it's the world's most advanced tracking technology. 

It combines the power of an optical mouse with the precision of lasers, meaning that the new mice will work on almost every surface. Even surfaces that are traditionally no-go areas, such as carpets or granite worktops, will work with the mice, Microsoft says. Only glass and mirrors will still be off-limits to your blue-laser-powered Microsoft mouse.

The five-button Explorer mice are wireless and have horizontal recharging docking stations, according to Microsoft. When you're on the move, the USB receiver clips onto the underside of the mouse for storage.

Windows Vista extras

There are bonus features for Windows Vista users, including one-touch access to Windows Flip 3D allowing you to flip through open windows in a stack and quickly switch among applications for added productivity. The Tilt Wheel and Magnifier tools let you activate key computer commands and movements with a single touch.

The ergonomic design features chrome highlights, and the Explorer Mouse emits a blue glow from underneath its casing when it wakes up. Microsoft claim that the blue light is less sensitive to dust and dirt than optical or red laser mice, so won't let you down, especially on pixel-perfect tasks like photo editing. 

The Explorer and Mini Explorer mice are being launched at the end of October with estimated retail prices of £69.99 and £49.99 respectively, and are compatible with both PC and Mac.