Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) wants to improve the mouse with a patent that reacts to use. The patent, which is titled “Force Sensing Mouse”, details how mouse sensors could measure location and level of forces exerted on the main button.
Apple patents innovative mouse
This patent also offers a suggestion a strain gauge could measure forces applied by a user. Haptic feedback could also be provided by vibration or electromagnetic motors. The patent also claims the result could be utilized in a more nuanced way. It is important to point out there are different takes within this theme including details for left, right, and central presses.
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The new mouse design would make it possible for users to click with less force when performing actions such as selecting a file in a finder or desktop. It could also allow users to click harder top open a file with a single click, eliminating the need to double-click or right-click. A mouse with force detection could also work with capacitive touch detection which is already a part of Apple’s Magic Mouse to produce different results.
Mouse designed to offer feedback
The haptic feedback could also allow the mouse to be programmed to send feedback as different clicks are used. This means the system would inform the user of what command they used. Users would receive light feedback from soft clicks, but they would receive even more feedback from harder clicks.
It is a sophisticated design that could transform the way people use computer accessories. Apple wants to change a key tool (the mouse) without actually adding buttons to the surface. The company wants to put a stronger focus on the input capabilities and improve overall user experience. Unfortunately, Apple does not have the best track record when it comes to mouse design. The company’s Magic Mouse is a strong improvement but it still has a long way to go.