Yes it’s great that Microsoft have finally come out with a multi touch mouse, but considering how much skin they’ve had in the game, in the shape of Microsoft Research’s prototypes, and the Surface interaction design, it’s quite embarrassing to come out with something that’s identically to the Apple Magic Mouse, almost TWO YEARS LATER…
This one is more than just a mouse with a touch strip — the entire top of it consists of a “matrix of capacitive touch-sensing electrodes,” and naturally, it supports different multittouch gestures. Based on Microsoft Research concepts, the device will support a slew of gestures, including flicks, pinch-to-zoom, and panning. That all is best seen in the video below, but the sleek black mouse also packs Microsoft’s BlueTrack technology, so it should work on carpets, wood, etc.
And don’t even get me started on the lack of Bluetooth, requirement of a USB dongle. What a mess.