Microsoft may be looking into expanding its multitouch support — as it's doing with Windows 7 — but the user needs a way to take advantage of that technology. I don't know about you, but the monitor I use wouldn't fit the bill, and I don't imagine people are running out to replace their own with expensive multitouch-capable screens. To that end, Microsoft is exploring another avenue to help proliferate multitouch: new computer mice.
The five designs you see in the video below aren't final products. They're concepts and show the direction Microsoft is going with the idea. The mice use everything from IR-sensitive cameras to capacitive-sensing electrodes, and look like anything from Microsoft's own Arc mouse (such as the multitouch FTIR concept you see pictured above), to ugly orbs.
Microsoft isn't alone in its pursuit, however. Word on the street is Apple is hard at work on the same. (Coincidence?)
Check out more in the video below.