With consumers growing accustomed to using fingertip gestures to navigate on their tablets and smartphones, it only seems natural that peripheral manufacturers scramble to come up with something similar for desktops and notebooks that don't have touch screens. According to Todd Walker, brand manager for Logitech, touch gestures have become second nature for most consumers.
"The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 reflects this evolution in how we interact with the digital world and extends to the computer what have become natural, intuitive motions," he said, thus introducing the company's new mouse with a touchy surface -- we're just not sure how this will work playing Crysis 2 or Rage.
Following in the footsteps of Logitech's Touch Mouse app for iOS, this physical mouse allows the user to scroll, swipe and surf wherever the user's fingertip land on the surface (just pretend it's a smartphone screen). However the device requires the user to download and install the Logitech Flow Scroll software which enables the touchy controls in a Windows setting. Smooth feet and advanced optical tracking means it can still function as a traditional mouse despite its touchy exterior.
"The mouse’s unique shape is designed so that it feels great doing exactly the tasks you do most – pointing, clicking and scrolling," the company said in a press release. "And it’s a perfect choice for right- and left-handers alike, with click areas that can easily be reassigned with Logitech SetPoint software."
Logitech said that the Touch Mouse M600 also includes the tiny Logitech Unifying receiver, which can connect up to six compatible mice and keyboards through one USB port. Add a keyboard, switch between mice, mix and match to fit your preference, without having to change receivers or sacrifice another USB port.
The Logitech Touch Mouse M600 is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning in February 2012, for a suggested retail price of $69.99.