Microsoft launches The Art of Touch web site

Microsoft has sold three PC mouse products based on the Microsoft Touch Mouse line for a while now. Today the company decided to give that product line a promotional boost, but in a rather unique way. It has launched The Art of Touch web site, an HTML5-based page that lets anyone create and save their own digital art creations.

The web site offers users three different brushes and 10 special effects to create their own unique works of art simply by moving a PC mouse around the page. In a post on the Next at Microsoft web site it describes some of the technology behind the web page. It states that as a person draws on the site, " ... you generate tens of thousands of raw data commands per second that represent your artwork in an optimized format optimized for sending to the server. At periodic intervals during the art drawing process (once a buffer is full), this raw data is streamed to the Art of Touch servers in the background and aggregated into a single raw representation of your composition."

Users can also share their Art of Touch creations with friends via Facebook and other social networks. Finally, you can let people vote on your art work for the chance to win weekly prizes or the final grand prize package (including a Samsung laptop, a web cam, and of course a Microsoft Touch Mouse) from now until February 7, 2012.

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I sure wish their displayed mice had cabled versions.
The thought of spending 2x the cost of the mouse on batteries turns these into store shelf dust collectors in my eyes.

Rohdekill said,
I sure wish their displayed mice had cabled versions.
The thought of spending 2x the cost of the mouse on batteries turns these into store shelf dust collectors in my eyes.

What kind of batteries did you plan to buy?
Don't know about these MS mice, but either they will have a rechargeable battery built in or you have to put batteries in yourself in which case you just need two sets of rechargeable batteries which are usually pretty cheap.

Further, a mouse doesn't require a lot of battery. My Logitech Performance MX is still going several days (of heavy use) on the relatively weak battery that came with it and it can be recharge while in use trough a cable you plug in.
I also have a smaller mouse that I used with my laptop, it went for a year with a regular AA battery

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