The computer mouse hasn’t changed its basic design in years, which also means that the ergonomic problems it had in the past still exist today. There are many new designs and concepts that try to challenge the status quo, but many of them tend to have unfamiliar and sometimes very strange shapes. That can be uncomfortable for some people who rely on muscle memory to get things done efficiently. Of course, there’s still plenty of room for improvement even with the more traditional mouse shape, 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 remove the keys and buttons. .
Designer: Matteo Ercole
Repetitive stress when using a mouse can come from many different movements, although most of the focus is on the larger movements of the wrist. However, our fingers are also quite active when using a mouse, and that could also contribute to potential injury. That could be especially true if your fingers encounter much more resistance from mechanical interfaces like buttons and wheels.
Named “Just Another Mouse” as a tongue-in-cheek joke, this design concept does away with those buttons and instead features a device that has a sleeker body and texture. Instead of buttons, the concept uses pressure-sensitive areas similar to Apple’s Force Touch trackpad on the MacBook. This can expand the number of actions you can use with the mouse, or change the gesture entirely, such as using a slightly deeper pressure instead of double-clicking. The mouse wheel is also absent, replaced by a touch-sensitive groove that provides less resistance while giving your finger a more nuanced tactile experience.
The mouse also doesn’t have a power switch, simply turning on when a proximity sensor detects a hand on it. The internal battery charges on a wireless dock, similar to how you would wirelessly charge a smartphone or smartwatch. This further reduces the number of openings and moving parts that could break after prolonged use.
This conceptual design doesn’t inherently change the way the mouse looks or works, but it does open the door to newer experiences, especially when it comes to the sense of touch. Instead of typical plastic, the design could use different types of materials and textures that give the mouse a bit more flavor, both visually and tactilely. That, in turn, can make the mouse more than just a utilitarian computer accessory, but also a beautiful desktop decoration when not in use.