Eve Mouse Concept

I’ve been reading on he ideas for some accessories like a mouse, mousepad, and keyboard. I think there is potential to develop a comfortable, elegantly simple, and responsive mouse for the office during the day, and gaming at night. Ambidextrous, two buttons on each side, 10K polling rate, optical switches for low latency, wifi transmitter, USB C port for wired connection and charging. It Can also be charged via Qi wireless pad. Scroll wheel and logo have subtle RGB backlighting. Mouse configuration can be easily changed by the user.

Eve Mouse

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I definitely think there is room for improvement in mice.

I have only used ambidextrous mice so far, but I think I would prefer a mouse better shaped to the right palm. Though ambidextrous would be good for many people.

What I am really looking for is a mouse with a great productivity feature set. For me, Logitech’s MX Master 3 comes pretty close, but has a few problems which stop me from getting it. Mainly, it has a USB C port for charging, but it can’t be used for wired operation, even though Logitech makes a vertical mouse which does have that feature. I also prefer a softer rubbery material instead of metal for scroll wheels.

The features that I would consider to be essential for any high end mouse are:
Paring to and then switching between multiple devices over Bluetooth
USB C charging and wired operation
Horizontal scrolling, ideally a dedicated thumb wheel, but at least some simple way to convert the vertical wheel to horizontal mode

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Just joined because I am so frustrated about mice options. I think the MX Master gets a lot of things right:

  • MagSpeed wheel
  • Secondary scroller
  • Decent sensor
  • Built-in battery, chargeable via USB-C
  • I like the gesture button idea, I guess it requires special Logitech drivers (don’t have the mouse myself)
  • Bluetooth without dongle IIRC.

There are however severe pain points:

  • Rubberized. I like the feel for the first year. It usually peels at some point and then the mouse starts feeling like the dirtiest thing ever, despite regular cleaning.
  • Shape. While the MX Master has been praised for it’s comfortable shape a lot, I suspect that is because the shape is somewhere between normal and vertical, and the praise is due to most people being used to normal. I am using a vertical mouse, and I it’s supremely comfortable.

I get that not everyone wants a vertical mouse, hence my suggestion would be to split the design in two parts: A base (sensor, controller, battery, connectivity), and a housing (shape, material, buttons/wheels). That way one could actually serve multiple needs but really only have one mouse from a HW point of view, as the housing would be “dumb” button-holder. It would allow users to only upgrade the base on new revisions, or to swap out the housing as desired. Hardware hackers would also have an easier way to exchange switches etc.

but at least some simple way to convert the vertical wheel to horizontal mode
I have (some bloody ages ago) seen a wheel that could be moved left and right to do just that. It’s not a scroll, but bascially a left/right button integrated into the wheel. I have also seen scrollballs (like a trackball, but for scrolling). Both should be implementable on my proposed system.

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