The computer mouse has not changed its basic design over the years, which also means that the ergonomic problems it had in the past still exist today. There are plenty of new designs and concepts that try to challenge the status quo, but many of these tend to have unfamiliar and sometimes very exotic forms. That may be uncomfortable for some people who rely on muscle memory to do things efficiently. Of course, there is still a lot of room for improvement even with the more traditional shape of the mouse, and this design concept puts a slightly different spin on the user experience, focusing more on how it would feel under our fingers when you touch the keys and buttons.
Designer: Matteo Ercole
Repetitive strain from using a mouse can come from a variety of movements, although most focus on large movements of the hand. Our fingers, however, are also quite active when using a mouse, and those may also contribute to eventual injury. That may be especially true if your fingers face a lot more resistance from mechanical interfaces like buttons and wheels.
Dubbed “Just another mouse” as a tongue-in-cheek joke, this design concept does away with the buttons and instead presents a device with a more stylish body and texture. Instead of buttons, the concept uses pressure-sensitive areas like Apple’s Force Touch trackpad on a MacBook. This can increase the number of actions you could use with the mouse or change the gesture completely, for example using a slightly deeper press instead of a double click. The mouse wheel is also absent, replaced by a touch-sensitive groove that provides less resistance and also gives the finger a more nuanced tactile experience.
The mouse doesn’t have a power switch, either, and turns on when a proximity sensor detects a hand on top of it. The internal battery is charged on a wireless dock, similar to how you would wirelessly charge a smartphone or smartwatch. This reduces the number of openings and moving parts that may break down after prolonged use.
This design concept does not fundamentally change the look or the way the mouse functions, but it opens the door for newer experiences, especially when it comes to the sense of touch. Besides normal plastic, the design could use different types of materials and textures that would give the mouse more flavor, both visually and tactilely. This, in turn, can make the mouse more than just a utilitarian computer accessory but also a beautiful desktop decoration when not in use.