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!
Curved when you want, flat when you need, the Arc Surface mouse by Microsoft follows a format it set a long time ago. The mouse comes as a flat, remote-ish shape and can bend/curve/arc into an ergonomic mouse when needed. When you’re done, the mouse unfolds and becomes flat again.
The Arc Surface mouse, however, has a key difference that makes it rather useful and advanced. It ditches the clicking keys and scroll wheel for a touch surface, much like Apple’s Magic Mouse. The surface lets you perform right and left clicks, but its capacitive-touch property also lets you scroll sideways, vertically, and just generally navigate with precision and intuition. And when you’re done, the mouse flattens into a remote-ish form that’s rather easy to slip into bags without occupying any bulk!
Much like our workspace, how we organize our computer and go about our daily tasks can say a lot about our personalities; if you see your self as a bit of a minimalist, it wouldn’t be surprising to see you have a clean and organized display. So, how can our hardware impact how we use the software?
BizyMouse has been designed with efficiency firmly in mind. Rather than switching between programmes to view our busy To-Do lists, the daily tasks are instead listed on the mouse itself! The small touchscreen display will continuously sync using Wi-Fi to keep you up to date and on track. Careful consideration went into selecting the technology for the display, with e-ink being the victor; its low power consumption, anti-glare properties and paper-like viewing angles made it an obvious choice!
BizyMouse doesn’t stop with the screen. It features an incline of 20 degrees for comfortable use even after long days, and the rounded form makes it a dream to hold within your hand.
Designers: Neo Nguyen & Clover Pham
Look at the Hemisphere and tell me it isn’t adorably eye-catching. The mouse’s name pretty much tells you all you need to know. Its design is a perfect hemisphere, unlike most organically-designed computer mice, and features the standard two click buttons and a scroller, but laid out in the mouse’s half-sphere design.
The mouse has, for too long, been bound to ergonomics-influenced design. I am, by no means, bashing ergonomics, but different mice appeal to different people. There’s no one-glove-fits-all design for computer mice. The Hemisphere takes advantage of that. Much like holding a cricket or tennis ball, the Hemisphere’s half-spherical construction feels comfortable yet sort of radical too. Plus, I can’t get enough of that glossy green finish!
Designer: Deokhee Jeong for Render Weekly