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BAT levitating mouse enters pre-production phase

The designers of the BAT levitating wireless mouse say that it's been developed to help prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome
The designers of the BAT levitating wireless mouse say that it's been developed to help prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome
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The BAT wireless mouse floats above the mains-powered base thanks to the magical power of magnets
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The BAT wireless mouse floats above the mains-powered base thanks to the magical power of magnets
The BAT mouse is made from ABS plastic and the whole shebang tips the scales at 2 kg
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The BAT mouse is made from ABS plastic and the whole shebang tips the scales at 2 kg
The designers of the BAT levitating wireless mouse say that it's been developed to help prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome
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The designers of the BAT levitating wireless mouse say that it's been developed to help prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome
The BAT mouse is currently at the first stage of pre-production
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The BAT mouse is currently at the first stage of pre-production
The visually-stunning BAT mouse was designed by Vadim Kibardin out of Prague in the Czech Republic
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The visually-stunning BAT mouse was designed by Vadim Kibardin out of Prague in the Czech Republic

A Czech design studio is readying a levitating computer mouse for release that's been created to help prevent Carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition that can strike musicians, assembly-line workers, typists and computer users (to name a few).

It will doubtless come as no surprise that magnets keep the BAT levitating wireless mouse floating above its 240 mm (9.4 inch) diameter, 20 mm (0.7 inch) thick, mains-powered base, but that fact makes the concept no less visually appealing. Designed by Vadim Kibardin out of Prague in the Czech Republic, it's made from ABS plastic, comes in either black or white, and has a total weight of 2 kg (4.4 lbs).

Though no more details are being made available until the product nears release (which could be as far as six months away), Julia Kibardina told us that the BAT mouse is currently at the first stage of pre-production – researching the market, ascertaining customer interest and improving the engineering. We'll bring you more details as they emerge.

Source: Kibardin Design

6 comments
Joel Detrow
How would that even work?
Booleanboy
We've found that many sufferers of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be helped by the simple expedient of using a keyboard and trackball (not a mouse) anchored to the edge of their desks. This prevents them resting their wrists on the edge of the desk thus removing what seems to be a contributory factor to CTS. The BAT mouse looks like a very fancy (and no doubt expensive) solution to a relatively simple problem.
Aaron Harvey
A magnet powerful enough to cushion your hand while using a mouse...next to a computer...with most people still use hard drives that write data to ferromagnetic material. Yeah, that seems like a good idea.
Dan Lewis
It's pretty...but it's still bullshit. I'm sure the design exists, has physical form, but the stuff about being a wonderful new way of dealing with carpal tunnel/repeated use injuries is pure bullshit. YOU WILL KNOW the device is truly designed for the human hand, when the hand is in the hand shake position. Look at am image file of the human skeletal arm. Look at it in its most natural position. When the arm is in the position we see in the article's primary photo above, it's clear the hand is NOT in the position best/most comfortable for the arm. The two bones of the lower arm are twisted around in that position. Again, the new mouse design looks cool, but don't be fooled into thinking it's any better for you than the standard mouse.
Τριαντάφυλλος Καραγιάννης
A fancy piece of gizmo, certain to impress the next chick visiting your desk, but have they tried using an Apple Magic Trackpad? Been using one for the last 2 years and now my hand simply gets sore whenever I have to use a typical mouse - especially the scroll-finger. Then I won't even begin to mention multitouch and how comfortable it is compared to anything else.
frogola
if it supports the weight of your hand it should help significantly. and maybe make for faster gaming if the ping rate is good.