Think Higher - The Levitating BAT Mouse
For any of you who have ever seen Minority Report or Iron Man, I think we can agree on one thing. Tom Cruise and Robert Downey Jr., respectively, have some bangin' technology, what with their build-your-own-computer-screen fingertip technology and their ability to create mosaics of interconnected data screens with a simple flick of their wrist. Now, that sort of technology may still be out of reach for most of us in the real world, but the creative minds at Kibardin Design Studio have moved one step closer with their Levitating BAT Mouse. Not only could this be a solution for long-term effects of computer use like Carpal tunnel syndrome, but it may also be the sexiest and coolest new gadget for those who love to stay on the cutting edge.
This seems like one of those technologies that should have been thought of a long time ago, (and wouldn't it have been nice to be the guy who thought of it). The idea is simple, and The Bat, as it is affectionately called, consists of a base mouse pad and a floating mouse with a magnet ring. Using a fundamental concept most people learn and forget about in freshman physics, the mouse is kept floating by the negative magnetic force of like charges (+ and +, - and -). The two magnets in the base pad and the mouse repel one another strongly enough to hold up the weight of even the most impressive palms.
Form and Function
The flotation level is 4 cm without any weight applied, and it sinks to 1 cm when a kilogram of weight is added. Now, unless you already have a crippling wrist injury, you shouldn't have to apply a kilo of weight to a mouse. The levitating aspect of the mouse removes the normal friction and repetitive movements of the wrist. By allowing the mouse movement to happen in three dimensions, the wrist is used more fluidly and it's motions are not as strenuous or damaging.
One of the original goals was to create something that might aid the growing, contemporary problem of Carpel tunnel syndrome. Although laptop popularity has grown exponentially in recent years, millions of people still work at desktop computers, pointing and clicking with dangerous repetition every day of their life. The cause of Carpel tunnel syndrome is constant pressure on the median nerve, which is at the base of your wrist, precisely where most computer-bound mouse users rest their wrist on the desk. It is also the spot where many laptop users rest their wrists while typing (that last bit only came as a realization after I looked at where my own hands were resting on my laptop as I type this).
One Small Step...
In terms of alternate applications, this sort of levitating technology is certainly a move towards the future, but it is still a far cry from the techno wizardry at Marvel Comics. If this idea is fleshed out a few steps further, we could be seeing completely wireless mouse control, where the movements of our fingers could be translated into the three-dimensional depth on the screen. The technical applications to things like fashion, architecture, film editing and countless other industries could be revolutionized with the ability to manipulate a cursor in three dimensions.
Obviously, the thinkers at Kibardin are working on perfecting this product before moving into anything further, but a man can dream, right? One of the spokespeople for Kibardin Design informed me yesterday that the BAT Mouse project is in the first stage of pre-production. They are researching the market for customer feedback and exploring more of the details in the engineering.
There is not an exact timetable for the launch of this floating beauty, but when it does, I'm sure they'll be flying off the shelves. This may seem like a gimmick to some cynics, but I've been waiting a long time to pilot the Starship Enterprise, and if that's not going to happen, then I at least want a levitating mouse.
This Bat mouse is good for health and wellness, but for all you readers without Carpal tunnel syndrome or a job that will eventually cause it, wouldn't this just be really cool to have? Sure, it's a healthy option for heavy computer users, but I think that after a lifetime of earthbound tech accessories, a levitating mouse will pretty much sell itself. What do you think?
Source: Kibardin Design
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