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We may be getting a shape shifting mouse from Apple

We may be getting a shape shifting mouse from Apple

Magic mouse

So far, we’ve all been used to a standard type and shape of mouse – wired and wireless, and in several colour variants. However recently, an Apple Patent that shows the company might have been working on a type of mouse that can change shape and give haptic feedback to a user have been revealed.

According to the patent’s description, the mouse relies on enclosed actuators to reconfigure the shape of the mouse and let it fit the user’s hand, it will also be able to give feedbacks to the user via the sensation of touch.

The description details the following:

“The mouse may include one or more actuators for manipulating the articulating member to change the curvature of the exterior surface of the mouse. The curvature may be changed to optimize the ergonomics of the mouse and/or deliver tactile feedback to users.

In one embodiment, the profile shape or curvature of the mouse is optimized to fit a user’s hand. The mouse may include various sensors for determining if the curvature matches a contour of the user’s hand, and the shape of the mouse may be changed accordingly.

In another embodiment, the profile shape or curvature of the mouse is optimized for a particular function or activity being performed at an associated computing device. For example, a relatively flat curvature may be chosen for tasks that are typically performed on a trackpad and a curved surface may be chosen for tasks that are typically performed using a traditional mouse.”

However, considering that this is a patent, there is no certainty that Apple would go through with the release of this design. Although, we sure would love for this to happen, as it seems magical.

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