Project 2: Mouscle
Mouscle is a computer mouse that slowly changes shape to prevent RSI symptoms. In the Netherlands alone, it is estimated that almost 40% of workers suffer from RSI.
RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) from mouse use is mainly caused by performing the same repetitive operations (clicking, scrolling) while the hand and arm barely move. The current solution is an ergonomic mouse, which brings the hand in a more natural position. But these mice cause the hand to stay in a static position, which can cause RSI. This is why it’s important that a so-called shape-shifting mouse is developed as shape shifting is a much more effective way to prevent RSI symptoms.
Team Mouscle developed a computer mouse that slowly and continually changes shape. Because of this change in shape, the hand goes through a number of different positions. So far, little scientific research has been done into shape-shifting interfaces in computer mice. Team Mouscle is filling this void and wants to continue with research so that computer use becomes less static and better for the health of the user.
Team Mouscle consists of Emma Eisma, Max de Jongh, and Katrien van Riet. All three are students of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. They started this project in the Health Squad at the Faculty of Industrial Design and the initial Mouscle design from start to first prototype was realised over a period of 20 weeks.
Mouscle won the Prototyping Award in the 2021 TU/e Contest. This project was awarded a voucher by the CE3 Project which enabled team Mouscle to further develop the design.