With a profile that one can best describe as influenced by Ross Lovegrove’s iconic Andromeda Lamp, the Bone Mouse experiments with form and mass… or rather the lack of it.
This is the Bone Mouse, a mouse that’s skeletal in form, yet functional. Based off an older design of Jin’s, the Bone Mouse retains the mouse’s most crucial surface, its top, and turns the rest of the mouse into a voronoi playground. I’m not entirely sure how comfortable holding the Bone Mouse would be, but I imagine one’s fingers would easily get used to the negative spaces. In fact, they’d probably go on to become fidget-worthy, as our thumb runs up and down the hollow spaces.
Sticking to its bony, basic aesthetic, the mouse is even devoid of details like buttons or scroll-wheels. Instead, the mouse’s entire top surface is touch-sensitive, allowing you to tap, scroll, or even pinch to interact with digital elements!
The Manta Mouse takes inspiration from the Manta Ray, with its wide, stingray-inspired design. At the very center is a bulbous volume forms the bulk of the mouse, the part your palm rests on, while the rest of the mouse skirts around the side. This side-skirt essentially works as a cushion for the base of your palm, promising to give your hand a comfortable place to rest as you operate the mouse. The mouse’s finish looks like blackened cork too, so you’ve essentially got yourself a mouse that isn’t rigid, bulky, and uncomfortable. It’s almost like a recliner chair… for your hands!
Take everything you know about the computer mouse, crumple it up, set it on fire and toss it out the window. Now, meet, Cone. This twist on the design is a whole lot more aesthetically appealing if not entirely more ergonomic than the traditional mouse.
Its upright, pointed form is a total wrist saver. It instantaneously positions your hand, arm, and fingers in a natural position that reduces strain on the metatarsals and upper hand by allowing a portion of the weight to be distributed across the conical surface. The buttons are articulated in such a way that the fingers can curl naturally and click with ease. Better yet, the all-new design is interchangeable for users with both right and left dominant hands.
Simone Giertz is known for building some not so great robots. When not building crappy robots, she likes to do other weird and wonderful things. Take, for example, her latest project, in which she teamed up with William Osman to modify her tiny electric Citicar, aka Cheese Louise. She didn’t turn it into a crappy robot though.
The duo turned this tiny car into a computer mouse – one that can draw a picture on a computer screen just by driving the car, and mashing on the horn to click. Just so you know, Giertz only recently got her driver’s license, and the car is around 30 years old. Despite these things, the project was (mostly) a success, and the video is pretty fun to watch.
I also included Osman’s video about the project, since it’s longer and goes into more detail about how they did it. It doesn’t draw very well, but the idea is cool.
It’s pretty impressive stuff, but now I expect them to do bigger projects together. Also, I’m hoping that they eventually are able to drive around in this tiny car and play Rocket League in real time. I’d settle for Mario Kart though if that’s too tough.
The innovative Brush Mouse is a clever twist on the classic smooth-top peripheral device. Unlike the continuous surface of the regular mouse, the pegged design keeps hands from getting sticky and hot. The ergonomic solution also prevents hand fatigue by distributing pressure evenly and giving the hand a mini-massage as it moves! With less material, it’s also thinner, lighter and easier to keep clean. See both prototypes in action after the jump —>
For years, people have been creating mock-ups of a computer mouse ring concept that’ll let users replace their current computer mice with something they can wear on their fingers. Now people can stop imagining because Nick Mastandrea has taken that idea and turned it into a reality with the Mycestro.
The Mycestro is a 3D mouse that allows its wearer to control his or her computer with hand gestures, and of course, the basic mouse functions. The handy device is fitted with a touch-sensitive panel that you’re supposed to touch to initiate cursor movement. It connects to your computer via Bluetooth and has a range of up to thirty feet. Pretty impressive and extra useful, especially when you’re making presentations.
Aside from that, the Mycestro is lightweight and charges up easily via your USB. The Mycestro 3D Mouse is currently up for funding on Kickstarter, where a minimum pledge of $79 will get you one of your very own.
Relatively simple or easy tasks usually take longer to do on a laptop without a mouse. I’m not a huge fan of touchpads, although I do find them useful on the occasion that I forget to bring my USB mouse with me. And when you’ve got a desktop with a busted mouse? Just forget about it.
Unfortunately, what seems like a godsend invention can also be your wrist’s downfall. Because clicking involves pushing your finger down on the clicker again and again and again, the muscles in your forearm and wrist will eventually rebel and a nerve might get stuck somewhere in between. Thus will begin your battle against carpal tunnel syndrome.
The solution? The Up Mouse. Instead of clicking down, this mouse will have you clicking up. This way, you’ll be using a whole different set of muscles that don’t go through the carpal tunnel at all. It might feel weird at first and will definitely take some time to get used to, but your wrist will thank you for it.
Check out a video of the Up Mouse prototype and a link on how you can get it after the jump.
The Up Mouse is currently up for funding on IndieGoGo, where a minimum pledge of $120 will get you your very own Up Mouse.