What you need to know
- A newly published Apple patent has revealed designs for a mouse that could one day change shape.
- It uses actuators to change the contour of the mouse's exterior surface.
- The system could adapt ergonomics to make it more comfortable, and provide haptic feedback to the user.
An Apple patent published today has revealed a design for a mouse that could one day change shape and give haptic feedback to a user.
The patent is titled 'Mouse having a shape-changing enclosure' and its abstract states:
The system revolves around a mouse that features actuators inside its enclosure that can help the mouse to change shape, and also give out haptic feedback to its user. The description states:
As you can see, the mouse could change shape to adapt to the task on screen, for example, change to a flatter shape when you need a trackpad, and reverting to a more traditional mouse enclosure for other activities.
You can read the patent in full here. As always, a patent is no guarantee of a product, but this one is pretty cool. What do you think of a mouse that could change shape and give haptic feedback?
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