Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic)

Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic)

Summary: Is this the end of laser?Some eagle-eyed readers over at Engadget have stumbled upon a Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse with "Blue Track" technology on Amazon.

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Microsoft Blue Track MouseIs this the end of laser?

Some eagle-eyed readers over at Engadget have stumbled upon a Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse with "Blue Track" technology on Amazon.de.

If you recall, Microsoft recently tempted fans with a "Say Goodbye To Laser" teaser touting new technology around the corner. Could this be evidence?

The 'Gadg reports that the "Blue Track" technology is "based on a blue LED combined with a wide-angle lens that's supposed to work on more surfaces than laser and optical," and that the company seems to be aiming this at the portable market, noting the mouse's wireless adapter and miniature size.

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Topics: Microsoft, Hardware

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  • Good find!

    i want one.. my laser is eating holes in my laminate desk tray.
    Been_Done_Before
  • is it me, but what is the point of this?

    it seems to have lights all over it. That would get distracting and annoying to me. It would look cool for the first five minutes.

    Maybe I just don't get it.
    stevey_d
    • Its called more surface choices

      The point of the article is that there will be another mouse that is not optical and won't have a roller ball that will work on more surfaces like say "glass". Thats what I got out of it but maybe I just don't get it??
      OhTheHumanity
      • I don't get it either

        I'm happy with my mouse.... Even if optical doesn't work on glass, can't you find a piece of paper? Even if you don't have a mousepad?

        Beats me.
        Predator106
      • I don't get it either

        I'm happy with my mouse.... Even if optical doesn't work on glass, can't you find a piece of paper? Even if you don't have a mousepad?

        Beats me..
        Predator106
        • Good for you!

          Thats great that you are happy with your mouse. I bet if Apple came out with this you would have thought it was a great idea. And to be honest I don't like mouse pads or paper as a pad. If you don't like it don't buy it sir, plain and simple. No one said you had to change.
          OhTheHumanity
      • Not optical?

        Yes it is. It is just not using a laser.
        JDLjr
  • RE: Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic)

    Its optical still, just blue light instead of red. I guess its better!
    Pyrotech_z
  • RE: Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic)

    Finally, a portable wireless mouse that promises to work on glass, ice, and mirrors. Can't you just guess how handy that's going to be? Although it's probably also waterproof and krypton resistant, I bet it's not shock-resistant...oops, that could reduce sales, sorry.
    rosewood_arts@...
  • RE: Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic)

    Now if only it would work under water....

    (rofl)
    Jacdeb6009@...
  • Who Cares?

    Not I!
    Scott Mixalot
  • RE: Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic)

    I Like it, but would not pay for it. Sounds like a great piece of technology that will prove that you don't have to need it for it to be attractive.. And if you needed exactly that, then you would love it and pay for it. I love that computers and parts are so inexpensive and not a luxury that I can afford. My mouse cost ten dollars and that,s okay,too.
    sjbinaz
    • Sucks to be

      left handed.
      zclayton2
  • RE: Microsoft 'Blue Track'

    Whats the big difference other than color ...
    I'm not buying for color alone.



    p.s. Left handed bites for mice and... cameras
    Dworkin
  • LOL -- merely blue laser instead of red

    Its still "laser/LED" technology. The change of color or emmission angle doesn't change the fundamental technology -- just the flavor of implementation.

    LOL - so this is just market spin (lies & hype) at their most empty. Although maybe this flavor does have better performance under common usage conditions...or not.
    wellduh
    • It's called wave length.

      Did you ever take a basic physics or science class?
      djchandler
      • Yeah like regular DVD vs BlueRay

        Yes, consider the difference in performance from red laser (CDs & regular DVD) to blue laser (1080p Sony BlueRay). Attractive performance if utilized. I didn't see any improvement in resolution though. I wonder if it will work on my glass desktop?
        WebSpinr
  • RE: Say goodbye to laser: Microsoft 'Blue Track' mouse discovered (with pic

    If it could hover above the table, that would be cool. But blue
    vs red - yawn.
    keaura
  • Bill Gates has a small track ball !

    Bill Gates has a small track ball !
    yoyoma77
  • Great Innovation - NOT!

    Not sure what to say... Here we are in 2008 with multi-core processors, 64bit OSes, limitless RAM, and a blue-LED mouse is making news as some sort of great technological leap?

    Other companies actually make innovative technological products, and Microsoft makes mice.

    Enough said.
    croberts