PERSONAL PROJECT 2019
Computer mice today come in several types ranging from different use cases such as productivity or gaming to different functions such as wireless for mobility and ergonomic for comfortability. Regardless of what the mouse is being used for there is a gap in the device accessories market.
Left-handed users only make up about 10% of the population. While that's a very small number to justify production tooling to manufacture left and right-handed mice, this presents an opportunity to design a mouse that addresses both hands in one device.
SYM was inspired by the opportunity to design a device symmetrically for both left and right-handed users while providing ergonomics and new digital affordances.
We often don't take our ergonomic mouse with us when we leave. For those who work between the office environment and the local coffee shops they often revert to either having two mice or going with a mouse that is easily carried. The solution I had arrived at for changing between the left and right hand, could also be the solution for the on-the-go ergonomic mouse.
The dock acts as a charging unit as well as bringing an extra surface that contours to the thumb's natural resting state. The mouse itself can then be detached and easily placed in the pocket, bags, or carried along side the device.
These dual modalities are often the keystone of productivity. Replacing batteries, dealing with wires when having to dash to a meeting, these are all stress points when going from a stationary state to a mobile state.