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I logged on to the halfbakery from a lap top computer on the weekend, (I find it's just not possible to be bored and next to a computer without perusing at least a couple of ideas), and I found that I missed using a mouse more than I thought I would.
Now I know you can get a plug in mouse to use with
a lap top, but why not an inflatable/deflatable mouse that lives in a tiny compartment inside?
See this way you wouldnt miss your mou...I mean your mouse wouldnt miss you.
[half, Aug 03 2005]
(?) Picture of an HP OmniBook 600
Note the mouse sticking out to the right [krelnik, Aug 03 2005]
HP OmniBook 800 manual (still available on HP's website!)
Appears to have the same mouse as the 600. It happens to say "The OmniBook mouse is PS/2-compatible.", so I suppose you could take it out of the laptop (it being user-replaceable) and attach it to a desktop computer, if you happen to really like the OmniBook mouse for some reason. [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]
Disney Research: Designing Inflatable Structures paper [PDF]
I haven't seen much gonflable stuff around here lately. Maybe this will help. [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]
YouTube: Process of designing an inflatable boat in SketchUp
Looks like a mouse might be too complex a shape for this SketchUp process to easily handle, but I think the process could easily be adapted to more capable CAD software that could better handle a mouse shape. [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]
Ant Farm's Inflatocookbook [PDF]
A book on making large inflatable structures (the kind that you inflate with a fan/blower), from the early 1970s. (In case this link ever goes dead, try http://www.letsremake.info/PDFs/inflatocookbook.pdf (side-by-side pages and no OCR though).) [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]
Design Considerations for Inflatable Structures
This one is about even bigger inflatables: building-sized structures. [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]
Google Search: diy inflatable design
In case you somehow want more after I've bored you with the above links. The related searches look slightly interesting. [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]
||A Strauss fan offers a bun for the title alone!
||Die Fledermaus....Man, that went right over my head until you pointed it out. I think it's icing on the cake.
||I suppose it goes without saying that the tiny storage compartment would be generally known as the *mouse hole*. Or, perhaps, *Bat Cave*, in keeping with the Fledermaus theme.
||Do you inflate it using Die Nieber Lungs?
||The HP OmniBook had a mouse that "folded out" from the side of the computer. It was on a swing arm such that there were no actual electronics (other than the buttons) in the "mouse" itself -- the movement sensor was on the other end of the arm inside the computer. It was a neat idea, but unfortunately not inflatable.
||Had this idea this morning bakery done me. [+]
||A Bat interface?