Microsoft Releases new Mouse using a BlueTrack Sensor

The Microsoft Explorer Mouse and Explorer Mini Mouse were announced today and feature a unique technology that is making its debut in these devices. It's called BlueTrack, and this new sensor can work on just about any surface.

In fact, BlueTrack is much more accurate on shiny surfaces than any other tech out there right now. If you don't like using a mouse pad and find your desk has too much of a sheen for your mouse to accurately register, this technology should help you tremendously.

Microsoft developed this new tech, which sets it apart from the standard Agilent Technologies licensed laser sensors that fit in most other computer mice. This one might stick with Microsoft, and if they decide to license it, well, that would make them a bundle, especially if these two launches work out well. The Explorer Mouse will sell for $99.99 and the Explorer Mini Mouse will sell for $79.99 once they are released this November.

Screenshot: Microsoft Explorer Mouse

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you all need to try livin in new zealand we the last to get anything and with our crap exchange rate we pay twice as much as you guys in the US or three times as much as you in the UK so i think me MS laser mouse 6000 better last me a few more yrs yet

Still doesn't work on glass or mirrors (small text at end of demo video), so the technology isn't all that revolutionary. When they are capable of tracking on smooth glass surfaces, then I'll consider an upgrade.

In fact, BlueTrack is much more accurate on shiny surfaces than any other tech out there right now. If you don’t like using a mouse pad and find your desk has too much of a sheen for your mouse to accurately register, this technology should help you tremendously.

What a good way to ruin the surface of your desk: not use a mouse pad....

You'd be surprised at what some would pay for something they think that they need just to be first to own one. As the say, a fool and his money.....

The title say "Microsoft Releases new Mouse using a BlueTrack Sensor", but the last sentence of the press release says "The Explorer Mouse will sell for $99.99 and the Explorer Mini Mouse will sell for $79.99 once they are released this November."

It's still vaporware if it can't be acquired by the consumer.

I think you're using the term "vaporware" incorrectly here

As for the mouse, I would like to see how they perform when stacked up against other mice.

Price, well... there are 4 things for me that need to be great (Speakers, Monitor, Keyboard, and Mouse because they are being constantly used)... and I am willing to spend a little extra if it's a great product. Of course internal components matter as well, but these 4 have to be perfect for you or it ruins the experience

(schwit said @ #5)
once they are released this November

It's already november in Europe... blame it on your particle accelerator.

(ir0nw0lf said @ #1)
Ouch, nearly $100? Nice idea but way overpriced.

I agree. Why on earth would anyone want to pay $100 for a mouse? That is so ridiculously overpriced. A hundred bucks for a mouse/keyboard combo is already pushing it, but that's more reasonable.

What happened to the days when $30 would get you a decent mouse? I'd rather spend that hundred dollars on something more deserving

(nekkidtruth said @ #4.1)
I agree. Why on earth would anyone want to pay $100 for a mouse? That is so ridiculously overpriced. A hundred bucks for a mouse/keyboard combo is already pushing it, but that's more reasonable.

What happened to the days when $30 would get you a decent mouse? I'd rather spend that hundred dollars on something more deserving ;)

Only if spent on the Logitech G9 Laser Mouse.

(nekkidtruth said @ #4.1)

I agree. Why on earth would anyone want to pay $100 for a mouse? That is so ridiculously overpriced. A hundred bucks for a mouse/keyboard combo is already pushing it, but that's more reasonable.

What happened to the days when $30 would get you a decent mouse? I'd rather spend that hundred dollars on something more deserving ;)

A pro gamer would.

(nekkidtruth said @ #4.1)

I agree. Why on earth would anyone want to pay $100 for a mouse? That is so ridiculously overpriced. A hundred bucks for a mouse/keyboard combo is already pushing it, but that's more reasonable.

What happened to the days when $30 would get you a decent mouse? I'd rather spend that hundred dollars on something more deserving ;)

I spend 35 on a mouse pad that lights up. I've spend 80 on a backlight KB... It's your money.. use it when you need it!

I'm still waiting for a thumb-based trackball worthy to be a replacement to my Logitech Trackman Wheel.

Too bad Kensington's are all finger-based trackballs.

I spammed Razer to make one, didn't happen, Microsoft scrapped their trackballs after their previous disastrous outing.

Maybe I'm the only person in the world to still use a thumb-based trackball.

"I spammed Razer to make one"

And that didn't work?!?!?!!?!?!?!

I am waiting for someone, anyone, to follow Logitech's innovation and re-do the Force Feedback mouse. There weren't a ton of games that could support it but the ones that did were pretty awesome