Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/02/06/moldable_mouse_concept/

Create your own mouse

Knead it into shape

By James Sherwood

Posted in Hardware, 6th February 2008 14:46 GMT

The computer mouse already has had many, many incarnations, including types optimised for gaming, covered with an anti-bacterial coating, VoIP-enabled and even inflatable. Until now though, users have been unable to shape a mouse precisely to the contours of their palm.

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Lite-On Technology's Moldable Mouse: whatever shape you want it to be

Enter the Moldable Mouse, a concept created by designers at technology manufacturer Lite-On, that can be kneaded into different shapes. It’s made of lightweight modelling clay and covered in a nylon and polyurethane blend fabric.

Click buttons and a touch-sensitive scroll pad stick onto the mouse and communicate with the unit's host computer by radio. The mouse isn’t just a lump of clay - hidden inside are laser optics, batteries and a printed circuit board.

Its designers claim the Moldable Mouse helps users eliminate the risks associated with traditional hard plastic mice, such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome.

Unfortunately, because the design’s still a concept, no release date or price has been yet hammered out.