Apple files patent for flat and collapsible mouse

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003

    Category: News and Press Releases
    Link: Apple files patent for flat and collapsible mouse
    Description:: Apple has filed various recent patents with the US Patent & Trademark Office, including one (patent number 20060176277) for a “flat and collapsible mouse.”

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    Note: See post below reporting that this is NOT an Apple patent filing after all.
  2. macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Apple should just concentrate on making a decent mouse:rolleyes:
  3. macrumors regular

    Jan 3, 2004
    I agree. The mighty mouse is terrible. If they just changed the shape, seperated the two buttons physically, and replaced the scroll wheel with an actually wheel, then they would have a good mouse. (I guess I changed everything but the color). There are some things where apple should not "think different" on and the mouse is one of them.
  4. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2004
    It doesn't really matter, really. Apple isn't forcing anyone to use their mouse. You have other options. It sucks to have no options for not buying it, however. Except for the Mac mini.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 24, 2005
    This could be a great alternative for the trackpads on laptops. have the entire mouse tucked into the expresscard 34 slot. I actually thought of a similar idea myself, too bad I didn't issue a patent of my own when I had the chance :).
  6. macrumors 68020


    Aug 23, 2003
    Fort Myers, FL
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2004
    on the sofa
    I wonder if this will be implimented on an ultra portable laptop or on a regular size notebook. Once the CD/DVD optical drive is eliminated this could go in its place.
  8. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2004
    Me too

    Me too. I have an Apple Pro mouse and a Mighty Mouse. They both suck. My Logitech is so much better.
  9. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I hate the giant "shoe" shaped mice that are popular today. They tire my arm. I like Apple's mouse shape a lot--or other mice that let you mouse with your fingers instead of having the weight of your hand bearing down on the mouse and making it harder to move.

    I don't like the right-button function on the Mighty Mouse. Some people have the habit of holding their left-button finger in a way that makes it work. I do not have that habit.

    Someone already makes a flat, collapsible CardBus mouse--something I'd been wanting for years:

    It's Bluetooth, and it stores AND charges in your laptop. A slimmer, ExpressCard/34 version would be sweet!
  10. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2004
    Not an Apple patent

    Searching for "flat collapsible mouse" turns up at least three other patents for a collapsible mouse that can be put into a PCMCIA slot dating back to 1999. The linked article's comments indicate that the patent application is not even Apple's, but that of a Microsoft employee. The patent application mentions Apple twice. The comments are wrong though. Simon Daniel and Christopher Wright are the founders of the Moixa Group. They are not affiliated with Apple or Microsoft.
  11. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2004

    Ask your ergonomics person at work. You're not supposed to move your mouse with your fingers or wrist, but with your arm. At least that's what they said in our ergonomics training a couple of months ago.
  12. macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2004
    Hahah... wish my work had an ergonomics person...
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 23, 2003
    ***This article is erroneous. This patent application is NOT filed by, nor assigned to, Apple.***
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2002

    Ask for one. Any company of a decent size should understand the legal implications. While they might not hire a fulltime ergonomics person, they should pretty much provide you with whatever you want, footrest, high end chair, wristrests, whatever. Chronic RSI/ailments caused by poor workplace ergonomics are generally considered the fault of the company. As such, its a lot cheaper for them to give you a $1000 chair and expensive mouse than pay for your medical bills/lost wages for the next 20 years.
  15. macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2004
    No new mouse

    lol We have a fulltime ergonomics person, but they don't have budget to get me a new mouse, let alone a chair. :)

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