Designer Philippe Starck has teamed up with Microsoft to produce the firm's first designer mouse, modestly described as "an innovative marriage of performance and art".
The hardware represents the fruits of a collaboration established between Microsoft and Starck nearly two years ago.
Starck said that he provided the inspiration and overall product vision, and worked closely with Microsoft engineers and designers to ensure that the mouse was not only eye-catching but comfortable and easy to use.
The couture input device, dubbed Optical Mouse by S+ARCK, is joined by new special edition mice with original finishes: the Wireless Optical Mouse in Mood Ring and Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer in Cobalt Basin and Crimson Fire.
"People are doing such amazing things with their computers," said Starck in a statement. "However, too often the importance of the link between man and machine is underestimated."
"The PC and what we use it for is an extension of us. It defines us just as much as the clothes we wear or the music we listen to. With this in mind, I set out to design an artistic bridge that would help people connect with the technology they use every day."
The S+ARCK Optical Mouse features a hemisphere shape design and shimmering finish, with two buttons extending the length of the mouse separated by a distinct lit strip. Available in two colours - blue or orange - the mouse also includes a scroll wheel for navigating.
"This is the first time we've teamed up with such an iconic designer to create a new product," said Ken Fry, design group director for Microsoft hardware, in a statement.
"Philippe Starck is known throughout the world for his ability to bring extraordinary design to everyday items, from juicers to luggage, making him a perfect fit for this project.
"We are excited to create products that allow consumers to show their unique personalities with the products they use each and every day."
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