Multi-Touch multiplies

[intro]Hold on to your rodents: iPhone's Multi-Touch interface might be making its way to the humble computer mouse[/intro]   As the dust set

[intro]Hold on to your rodents: iPhone's Multi-Touch interface might be making its way to the humble computer mouse[/intro]

As the dust settles on the iPhone launch, and the sniping and snarking begins to bite through the hype, iPhoneless cronies like myself are busily snuffling around for new stories.

 

After Microsoft's announcement of the Multi-Touch-like Surface technology, the race is on to see who can bring intuitive touch-sensitive interfaces to laptops.

But why stop there? Hrmpf has uncovered a patent from last year that suggests Apple is planning to incorporate Multi-Touch into a mouse, with a virtual scrollwheel and support for gestures.

This seems to make sense, as the mouse is a great way of interacting with desktop computers, while touchscreens are more worthwhile on portables. Trouble is, I have enough problems with my Mighty Mouse - I keep accidentally switching to Exposé mode by inadvertantly squeezing the midriff. More touch sensitivity means more virtual pratfalls for my fat fingers.

And yes, I know you can turn these features off. But that would be admitting defeat, wouldn't it?

 

You can read more about Microsoft Surface here, and predictions of Multi-Touch Macs here.