IntelliMouse with IntelliEye - Page 1
The mouse is 30 years old!
When I first
heard Microsoft announcing to the world on 19th April
about their new range of optical mice, I was ecstatic.
The good-old mouse with balls was invented in 1968. Over
30 years has passed before we actually have something
new to replace that ageing design. Microsoft's new optical
mouse with IntelliEye™ optical technology promises the
elimination of the mouse ball and mouse pad forever! There
are two versions of optical mice : The Intellimouse
with IntelliEye and the Intellimouse Explorer.
The IntelliMouse and the IntelliMouse
Explorer both incorporate IntelliEye technology. The main
difference is the number of buttons on the mice. The IntelliMouse
has three, versus the five on the IntelliMouse Explorer.
Packed nicely in the box
are the two mice.
Optical Technology? What is that?
Inside the futuristic
mouse is an optical sensor and a digital signal processor
to replace your traditional mouse ball mechanics. Gone are
the dirt and dust which your traditional mouse ball loves
to attract. The good thing is, even after years of use,
your Intellimouse will remain as responsive as ever!
Gone are the
traditional mouse balls!
Optical Sensor and
Digital Signal Processor are the IN thing
With the Intellieye
optical sensor, the mice are capable of scanning surfaces
at a rate of 1,500 times per second to track movement.
There are two types of digital camera technologies used
widely today; The first being the popular CCD technology
and the other uses CMOS technology. The Intellieye uses
CMOS technology akin to a tiny digital camera, taking
a whopping 1,500 pictures per second on the surfaces beneath
the mice. After taking the pictures, the 18 MIPS digital
signal processor will analyze these pictures and translate
the movement of the mouse to reflect the cursor position
on the monitor screen. With "image correlation
processing" techniques, the mice provide smoother
and more precise pointer movements than ever before.
the 5 frames above, we can see how the optical sensor
tracks the movement of the mouse. The sensor sends the
different frames to the digital signal processor, which
in turn, translates the movements into corresponding pointer
movements on the display.
the BALLESS part! Gimme more!