Agilent Technologies today unveiled technology which it claims will pave the way for the world's first laser-powered optical mice.
The HP spin-off introduced three versions of its laser-based optical mouse sensors: one for high-end cordless mice, one for high-end corded mice, and a version designed for high-performance gaming.
According to the firm, laser illumination sensors are superior to LED-based versions because they reveal trackable surface structures which the LED light source cannot uncover.
Laser mice using the technology can easily track on painted metal, polished wood-grain, glossy photo paper, translucent plastic, frosted glass and many other previously difficult surfaces, according to Agilent.
It provides a claimed positioning accuracy with resolutions up to 2,000 counts per inch, and can track movements with maximum velocities of 45 inches per second and acceleration of up to 20g.
This higher performance is required for gaming and demanding graphics applications; average users, in contrast, move their mice no faster than 14 inches per second and 2g.
Other features include adjustable frame rates (the number of 'snapshots' the sensor takes per second) in excess of 7,000 fps.
"LaserStream uncovers microscopic detail which enables mice to track with incredible accuracy on more surfaces and with greater responsiveness than ever before," said Ngoh Kee Hane, a vice president at Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group.
"Due to lasers' superior tracking ability and reduced power consumption, we expect this revolutionary technology to ultimately replace the LED-based optical mouse sensor in virtually every application."
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