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Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'Wedge' and 'Sculpt' peripherals

Microsoft unveils Windows 8 'Wedge' and 'Sculpt' peripherals
Copy, Gold Leader. I'm already on my way out.

Microsoft has announced a raft of new hardware accessories that are designed to accompany Windows 8, and there's an update for the Touch mouse on the cards as well.

The Wedge Touch mouse and Wedge Mobile Keyboard join the Sculpt Touch Mouse and Sculpt Mobile Keyboard are all designed to play nicely with Microsoft's next-generation OS.

"Our new mice and keyboards really light up Windows, providing fast and fluid navigation, increased productivity, and enhanced mobility packaged in sleek, stylish designs," said Brett Kelleran, general manager, Microsoft Hardware.

"Microsoft Hardware is designed by Microsoft, optimised for Windows."

Wedge, Go for the power regulator on the north tower

The Wedge range includes a mouse that's 'small enough to fit in your pocket' which obviously would apply to most of its peers but we're assuming means that it's designed to be portable.

Wedge Touch Mouse

It packs Microsoft's underrated BlueTrack tech, offers four-way scrolling and Bluetooth and is priced at $69.95 with no UK price announced as yet.

Wedge Mobile Keyboard

The Wedge Mobile Keyboard is designed specifically for Windows 8 tablets and "brings full-size keyboard comfort, efficiency and speed to a tablet" according to Microsoft.

Wedge Touch stand

It comes with a durable cover that niftily turns into a tablet stand and will automatically turn off the keyboard when you put it back on. The price is set at $79.95

Sculpt and gestures

The Sculpt range is a cheaper shaped range also designed for portability and includes a $49.95 mouse and a similarly priced keyboard.

Sculpt Touch Mouse

Sculpt Mobile Keyboard

Last, but not least, Microsoft will be updating its original Touch Mouse with gesture settings for Windows 8.

The $80 mouse will now allow three finger zoom gestures: two finger app management and thumb gestures, all of which we enacted on our commute in the car this morning.

Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the Managing Editor - App Store UK at Apple. He is a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere has been and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.