10 Microsoft research projects

A sneak peek at 10 technologies developed in Microsoft's R&D labs, ranging from laser mice to robotic receptionists

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Codename: BlueTrack

Laser technology is advancing quickly, and one product proves this point dramatically.

The Microsoft Explorer 1362 mouse (and Explorer Mini 1363) uses a newly invented BlueTrack technology that works on a variety of rough surfaces.


I tested the mouse on metal, wood and tile -- it worked perfectly, while a "last gen" laser mouse from Microsoft failed to even move the cursor.

BlueTrack captures 8,000 images per second, casts a much wider and brighter beam, and most importantly reads data using a high-contrast sensor.

For those who need mouse precision anywhere, the 1362 model captures data at 4000DPI.

Read the Cool Tool review of the Microsoft Explorer Mini Mouse with BlueTrack.

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