There are many varieties of computer mice of various shapes and sizes on the market, and it is sometimes difficult to choose the option for the arm. Apple’s new patent involves the creation of a universal “rodent,” which will feature the ability to change its size in accordance with the preferences of the owner.
The documentation published by the US Patent Office describes a manipulator design that can adapt to the user’s hand – its body can take many different forms. According to the idea of the developers, depending on the size and “geometry” of the user’s hand, the sensors will change the curvature of the mouse contour using articulated mechanisms, magnets or a flexible membrane. In different versions, the gadget can receive the function of both manual and automatic settings, depending on the current scenario. Another feature of the model will be the presence of a tactile response effect.
Although the idea of creating such an accessory is not new, many of the models already on the market with such an opportunity (for example, the Mad Catz R.A.T. line) usually require manual adjustment or even purchase of replacement parts for comfortable use of the device. It is worth noting that the patent obtained by Apple so far remains only a set of technical drawings. Whether the company will bring such a product to life is unknown.