Here's good news for anyone with a glass desk. Yes, you know who you are you Freedom/Ikea tragics, you. Logitech has announced a mouse that works on glass surfaces, and we're rather enamoured with the science that's behind this minor miracle.
Users of glass desks are the kind of people we'd expect to be fans of minimalism. Problem for them is all that glass and smooth surfaces and creative use of negative space is kinda put to the torch by having to use a trackpad so their mouse gets some kind of traction with the surface below it.
No longer! Now glass desk users can enjoy the same mousing goodness the rest of us do, sans mousemat, using Logitech's Performance Mouse M950 or Anywhere Mouse M905. Or so we are told.
According to Logitech:
To track on glass (that’s at least 4 mm thick), Logitech Darkfield uses dark field microscopy to detect microscopic particles and micro-scratches on these surfaces, rather than tracking the surface itself. Similar to the way in which our eye sees the clear night sky, the mouse’s sensor sees the clean areas of glass as a dark background with bright dots – the dust. Then, the sensor interprets the movement of these dots to track exactly where you’ve moved the mouse.
Hmm, really? We can't wait to try one of these. You'll pay for the luxury of mousing on glass. The M950 (pictured) is priced at $199.95 and the M905 (compact design for mobile users) at $149.95. The new mouses (mice?) will be available early next month. That's sooner than you think. [Logitech]