BlueTrack Revolutionizes Mouse Tracking

First there was the mouse ball. Then came optical mice with LEDs. Then came lasers. Now we have BlueTrack, a new Microsoft technology that the company claims works better than both optical and laser technologies. But how much different is it from these older technologies? Microsoft’s unique combination of both optical and laser technologies helps BlueTrack mice to track better on more surfaces, according to the company. Microsoft says that BlueTrack will allow people to use mice on carpet, granite, and even rough-grain wood (park bench computing, anyone?).

The light beam that emanates from the bottom of the mouse is more than four times as large as the average laser beam used in today’s mice, according to Microsoft. This allows larger images to be captured, in turn providing a better surface reflection. In addition to providing more efficient tracking on varied surfaces, the company says BlueTrack further trumps laser technology because lasers are more sensitive to dust and dirt accumulation. The Microsoft Explorer Mouse with BlueTrack technology ($99.95; features a wireless snap-in transceiver for easy portability, 30-foot wireless range, blue lighting effects, customizable buttons, and a battery that allows three weeks of use between charges.

This Microsoft Explorer Mouse features Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, which blends optical and laser technologies to provide enhanced tracking capabilities on a variety of surfaces.

Source of Information : Smart Computing / January 2009

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