Microsoft proves the the mouse is alive and well by unveiling
the Arc Touch Mouse, the first mouse designed to flatten for
portability and pop up for comfort.
The new mouse features Microsoft's first touch scroll strip for
easy navigation - just move a finger slowly for controlled
scrolling or flick for hyperfast scrolling. Windows-based PC
users will love packing up their laptop bags without the added
bump of a mouse, as the Arc Touch Mouse flattens with just the
touch of a finger.
Designed for mobile PC users, the Arc Touch Mouse is less than
15 millimeters thick at its widest point to easily slip into a
bag, purse or pocket. It also goes from curved to flat with one
simple movement - just collapse the Arc Touch Mouse to turn it
off, and pop it up to turn on.
With the Arc Touch Mouse's touch strip, users can take control
of their scrolling with a flick of a finger. Using a capacitive
sensing technique and sensor pads, the strip corresponds to
each position and velocity change to give users controlled
scrolling no matter how fast or slow the movement. Move a
finger slowly on the strip for controlled scrolling, or flick a
finger for hyperfast scrolling that can be stopped with just a
simple tap. The strip also has three tap "buttons" for added
functionality: page up, page down and the middle click area,
which is reprogrammable for whatever mouse function the user
needs most. Switching from a scroll wheel to a touch strip is
made easier with haptics, a vibration technology that simulates
the bumps users would feel while using a traditional scroll
The Arc Touch Mouse is also equipped with BlueTrack Technology,
letting consumers track on virtually any surface, and a tiny
magnetic snap-in Nano transceiver stores on the bottom of the
mouse. Two AAA batteries give the Arc Touch Mouse more than six
months of battery life, and the two-color battery life
indicators let people know when the power is running low.
Arc Touch Mouse will be available for the estimated retail
price of $69.95 (U.S.). It is available now for presale on
Amazon.com, BestBuy.com and Buy.com, and it will ship in early
December in time for the U.S. holiday season. It will be
broadly available online and in stores in January 2011.
Microsoft backs this mouse with a worldwide three-year limited