Microsoft announces new tracking innovation

BlueTrack surpasses optical and laser mice in performance and convenience

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  September 11, 2008

Microsoft has unveiled BlueTrack - ‘the world’s most advanced tracking technology’ - incorporating it in their latest mice products.

Surpassing traditional optical and recent laser mice, the new Microsoft Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse is expected to hit markets in November at a retail price of AED 289 and AED 219 respectively.

The technology involves optics architecture, image sensors and pixel geometry that generate a high-contrast picture of the ‘mousing’ surface.

“Research shows that people aren’t sitting at a desk all day, but they’ve gone mobile. In fact, 72 percent of PCs sold are notebook PCs, and consumers need a mouse that can go with them anywhere,” said Mark DePue, platforms engineering manager at Microsoft and co-inventor of BlueTrack Technology.

“BlueTrack Technology excels in areas where optical and laser technologies were falling short. Laser mice, for example, have a difficult time working on some common home surfaces, including granite and marble,” DePue added.

The Explorer Mouse features easy recharging with a battery status indicator and a small charging base, while the Mini Mouse uses two AA batteries.

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