Laptop users who hate their touchpad
and often find themselves without a suitable flat desk surface should see the
Arc Mouse as a godsend. The brainchild of Seunghoon Shin and Chang
Seok Kim, the Arc Mouse, true to its name, boasts a 'C' shaped
exterior that hugs curved surfaces, such as one's thighs or the
armrests of chairs, enabling smoother operation on such surfaces. Oh,
and it surely works just fine on desks as well.
The design allows the Arc Mouse to not
sacrifice ergonomics in the name of anywhere-computing, ingeniously
enough. This rodent is also wireless, though it'd be interesting to
find out how much battery life the designers managed to stuff into
the slim case.
Aside from the obvious exterior shape,
the Arc Mouse works just like a normal two-button mouse. It has a
touch-wheel and the optical sensor is positioned near the front of
the device. There are no extra buttons, but, being a prototype, such
things may be added in the future.
The big problem, however, is
availability. Hopefully Logitech or someone similarly big will pick
up the Arc Mouse design and begin to mass-produce it, one day soon.
UPDATE: The Arc Mouse in now available here at Amazon and at other online retailers.
UPDATE 2: The new Arc Mouse Touch is now available.