Windows Vista and the motorized mouse wheel

12 10 2006

I’m watching a Microsoft demo on Vista and they’re showing off a new VX Revolution notebook mouse. The scroll wheel engages and disengages single/multi-scroll mouse wheel depending on how you need to use it. Very cool!
Here’s the Vista-enabled VX Revolution mouse from Logitech:

And here’s the MicroGear technology:

Logitech’s ‘spin’ on the new mouse wheel:

A new concept in PC navigation, the MicroGear™ Precision Scroll Wheel operates in two distinct modes, allowing you to scroll faster and with more precision than ever before:

Free-spin mode for hyper-fast, nearly frictionless scrolling. With a single flick, the machined alloy wheel spins for up to seven seconds, scrolling hundreds of pages or thousands of rows. Fly through long documents, and instantly stop wherever you want.

Click-to-click mode for detailed navigation. An ultra-precise ratchet-scrolling mechanism allows users to move line-by-line through complex spreadsheets, step through slideshows, or travel small vertical distances in documents or Web pages.

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