Published on 28th February 2009 by
The BlueTrack tracking engine of the SideWinder X8 claims some serious bragging rights when it comes to the numbers, being able to process 13,000 images per second
Microsoft said that all of this data can be passed to the PC via either the proprietary 2.4GHz wireless connection or a USB cable using a 500Hz report rate.
The physics is similar to that of the “blue light” used in crime-scene TV shows to examine surfaces for police investigations.
Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrderyou guys don't seem to know much before making these comments! firstly blue LEDs do give off some UV light, I know first hand because I work in printing and we use blue LED key lights to silhouette the paper from the barely visible yellow or white inks. so yeah a blue LED will give off UV.
Originally Posted by Pookeyheaduh huh?
Processing images at 13KHz, then passing over USB at 0.5KHz... Fab!
The company also claims that the mouse can tolerate 75g (or 735m/sec2) of acceleration without losing accuracy.
Originally Posted by mauvecloudQuote:The company also claims that the mouse can tolerate 75g (or 735m/sec2) of acceleration without losing accuracy.
Can a human actually produce that much acceleration on a mouse? According to http://www.baseball-almanac.com/chapters/cap-ch2.shtml, the highest acceleration during a fastball pitch is 2291.67 ft/sec2, which is about 698.50 m/sec2.
Originally Posted by Fodever thought that maybe the *mouse* was doing the image processing? ;)
all you're sending over USB is X/Y/wheel tickup/down signals, and button events. the fact they can pass these over USB at 500Hz is, frankly, not exactly mindblowing.
i assume it processes so many images at once to filter out jitter - you use the results of a number of captures per event to give you a reliable motion reading.
Originally Posted by Krikkit
What I want to know is will they be putting that tech into a sensibly priced non-"gamer" oriented mouse anytime soon? I'm not paying £90 for a mouse, even if it gives you sexual favours.
our Microsoft Hardware engineers have been able to tune the BlueTrack Technology performance specifications specifically for speed and acceleration that now exceed measurements of known human capability
Originally Posted by PookeyheadIs this guy for real??? LOL
A: It's black light, not blue, and B, the black light only makes things fluoresce after being treated with a solution called luminol, which makes the iron in organic substances glow under UV. Try it with a "blue" light and nothing will happen.
Originally Posted by PookeyheadLike I said in the last post... what IS the point of making a mouse that can process images at such a high sample rate if it's just crippled by a 500Hz transfer rate over USB? Why even bother?
Originally Posted by PricesterOh, I see - it doesn't really exist!
(The word "really" is there as a sop to pedantic people who will undoubtedly now explain that actually, what we see in CSI etc. is completely true, since in episode 123 they did actually show the CSI team spray with Luminol before using an ALS. Whatever - it's still nothing like what really goes on in a police department who's annual budget is less than one hour of CSI...)
Originally Posted by FodWhat I want to know is will they be putting that tech into a sensibly priced non-"gamer" oriented mouse anytime soon? I'm not paying £90 for a mouse, even if it gives you sexual favours.
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