Russian designer Vadim Kibardin has designed a levitating mouse for the computer. This may either sound like magic or science fiction, but Kibardin’s design is based on principals of basic ergonomics.
The repetitious movements of mouse work at the computer, if you’re a graphic designer or gamer, eventually lead to impaired movement and flexibility of your hand and wrist. If left untreated, the median nerve that manipulates most of your hand can pinch and become trapped, limiting mobility altogether.
Kibardin observed that Carpal tunnel syndrome, the effect of consistent stress on the median nerve, is a modern problem, especially for people who use computers for most of the day. His levitating mouse uses a system of magnets to float the object in a fluid space that doesn’t create as much resistance.
Magnetic technology has improved movement in a variety of contexts. Maglev trains move close to 400 miles per hour now. Computer hard drives have used magnets since their inception. Instead of designing tools that require stationary movement, the use of magnets can manufacture tools that work more fluidly with a mutual resistance that feels more flexible. It will be very exciting to see technology like the kind Kibardin used in more fields.
Photo Credit: Kibardin Design
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