Dearly departed Benny would have loved this...
Our left handed former Deputy Ed spent years struggling with the far more prevalent right handed designs until Logitech came and rescued him last year with the MX610. Still, I can't help but feel lefties and even those with particularly large or small hands will find the 'Moldable Mouse' particularly intriguing.
A design concept from Lite-On, the Moldable Mouse is made of non-toxic lightweight modelling clay, covered with nylon and polyurethane blend fabric. What this amounts to is a material which can be kneaded into any shape a user defines and Lite-On says the shape is self retaining. The mouse buttons and touch sensitive scroll wheel are also stick on parts which have an integrated RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device) meaning they can be stuck anywhere and still communicate.
Other than customisability, Lite-On is also emphasising that this design flexibility encourages users to adopt different hand positions which helps to minimise Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (or known as RSI) while the soft material makes for a more comfortable and bespoke fit.
To please the environmentalists, the base of the Moldable Mouse is made out of 100 per cent recyclable PC/AMS plastic blend and houses the PCB, laser optics and batteries.
Sadly, Lite-On hasn't given any idea when it might release a commercial version of the Moldable Mouse but it has to be said this could be the step forward in design the ubiquitous rodent has long been looking for. That is, until we all move onto Multi-touch...