If you just googled the term Ergonomic mouse, you encountered a whole bunch of mice that seemed to be doing yoga. The term “ergonomics” refers to the science of human interaction covering a wide variety of variables…although a majority of ergonomic mice conveniently focus on curved form factors. The Squishy Mouse, on the other hand, adds another layer to the meaning of “ergonomic mouse” – a soft and breathable design.
Arguably what Squishy Mouse does is look at ergonomics from a broader perspective by considering other products like ergonomic chairs and ergonomic shoes. An ergonomic chair or shoe isn’t just curved, it’s also soft and breathable, and Mouse Squishy argues that mice should essentially follow the same logic. Rejecting the idea that curved hard surfaces are all an ergonomic mouse really needs, the Squishy Mouse sports a curved lattice mesh body that’s soft and reminiscent of the 3D-printed soles seen on AlphaEdge and Futurecraft running shoes. Adidas 3D. The goal is not just to conform to the shape of a human hand, but to actually promote comfort and breathability. With about the same smooth experience as a stress ball, the Squishy Mouse lets you grip it firmly during use and ensures its mesh surface never sweats your palms, even with hours of constant use .
Creator: Matt Barnum
The mouse was originally designed as a learning exercise for Barnum to hone his skills using generative design tools. (A GIF image at the bottom shows all the steps)
It sits on a metal base, which makes the mouse easy to use and glides over smooth table surfaces.
The Squishy Mouse comes in the same mint green as the 3D printed Adidas soles, bringing that inspiration to light almost instantly. While it’s unclear if the mouse intends to use the same printing techniques seen in Adidas soles, it makes sense from a hardware standpoint. Digital Light Synthesis (or DLS) 3D printing allows light to polymerize resin into complex shapes, creating designs from flexible elastomers that are also much smoother to look at. In this case, Barnum’s use of the network around the contact areas allows those specific areas to remain flexible, while the edges and contours of the mouse are relatively solid, allowing the Squishy Mouse to be squeezed. or crushed without losing its shape. Notably, even the left and right click buttons have the lattice texture, essentially providing a whole new way to enter that’s more squishy instead of clicking (whether that’s win or miss from a haptic standpoint remains to be determined). This, along with the overall mouse texture, would easily add a new UX dimension when in use, and chances are you’ll either absolutely hate it or absolutely love it. For my part, I can’t help but feel incredibly curious!