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Deflater Mouse

Inflater Mouse
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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 wouldn’t miss your mou...I mean your mouse wouldn’t miss you.

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[half, Aug 03 2005]

(?) Picture of an HP OmniBook 600 http://member.hitel...600c/ob_running.jpg
Note the mouse sticking out to the right [krelnik, Aug 03 2005]

HP OmniBook 800 manual (still available on HP's website!) http://h10032.www1....ctg/Manual/bpi03772
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] https://s3-us-west-...IGGRAPH14_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 https://www.youtube...watch?v=B3Yy3kuABHY
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] http://alumni.media...plitpages-small.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 https://libarynth.o...flatable_structures
This one is about even bigger inflatables: building-sized structures. [notexactly, Nov 14 2019]

Google Search: diy inflatable design https://www.google....y+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!
coprocephalous, Aug 02 2005

       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.
jurist, Aug 02 2005

       Do you inflate it using Die Nieber Lungs?
moPuddin, Aug 03 2005

       Triple Yes Vote. +++
sartep, Aug 03 2005

calum, Aug 03 2005

       Very gonflable and [+]
skinflaps, Aug 03 2005

       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.
krelnik, Aug 03 2005

       Excellent :)
phundug, Aug 03 2005

       Had this idea this morning – bakery done me. [+]
theleopard, Nov 13 2009

RayfordSteele, Nov 13 2009

       A Bat interface? Gonflamouse?
Dub, Nov 14 2009


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