ERGONOMIC MOUSE EASING HAND AILMENTS
Stampmouse is a ergonomic mouse designed for those suffering from hand ailments such as arthritis, who find it hard to move individual fingers freely. It is intuitive to use Stampmouse - simply stamp it, and a click event will be registered.
Date: December 2014
Duration: 2 weeks
Team: Vivek Pai, Alex Wang, Shawn Xu, Nathan Thompson
Role: 3D modeling and printing
American adults suffer from osteoarthritis as of today
The project started with a quick look into common hand ailments like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and arthritis. The takeaway was that patients suffered from almost all degrees of finger movement.
Once decided that our mice should minimize finger movement, "stamping" came up as an intuitive substitute for clicking. We quickly skecthed out a rough model to bring it further.
... I'm a designer, producer and I am hands-on for every project I undertake. The creative side of what I do is really something I think people overlooked for a while. - Dita Von Teese
A Stampmouse was produced. While only left click was enabled (through stamping), we considered adding right click through a slight wrist right tilting. With several rounds of spring calibrations, the feedback for stamping the mouse was swift and satisfying.