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Gore-Tex™ Mouse

Stop sweaty mouse problems
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Using a computer while nervous or playing exciting interactive entertainments or just hot, all the body's sweat glands seem to divert their attention to the fingers and palms. Normal mice (yes, the plural of mouse is mice. Duh!) are made of plastic, and become slippy and hard to control.

Most current mice and keyboards have a slightly textured surface, presumably to reduce this problem, but it can still be intensely annoying, especially in over-hot air conditioned offices, or tightly fought games of Quake. Therefore, why not make them from a porous material to draw sweat away from the surface? One such material is Gore-Tex, a fabric designed for clothes that let sweat evaporate but keep rain off you. A separate cover over the mouse would not be enough - it would slip and slide - so this would have to be firmly attached and integrated with the mouse.

You may have to open up the mouse from time to time to clean it, but I spend half my life picking little fragments of dust and desk-varnish from my mouse ball and rollers anyway, so the extra work wouldn't matter. It could also be applied to keyboards and other peripherals (e.g. tweed laptops).

A porous wood might also work.

<disclaimer>Note: Gore-Tex is a trademark of W L Gore & Associates, Inc., used without permission.</disclaimer>

pottedstu, Oct 17 2001

temperature controlled keyboard http://www.halfbake...ntrolled_20keyboard
Another partial solution [pottedstu, Oct 17 2001, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(?) DIY - Mouse with small fan inside http://hw.metku.net...ekti/index_eng.html
Looks great and probably feels cool too. [mreuler, May 19 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(?) Nyko Airflo Mouse http://www.thinkgee...cmods/cooling/6afa/
I have one of these. [-----, Mar 10 2005]


       What UnaBubba said, except skip the wool and use synthetics that have different surfaces for moisture transport. (If I wasn't so lazy, I'd provide a link to Malden Mills BiPolar fabric, as an example.) GoreTex itself won't move fluid, as there's nothing inside the mouse (pressure/temperature differential) to do the work.
tminus12, Oct 17 2001

       How about a plastic gridwork top with a small fan inside to cool your palm?
StarChaser, Oct 19 2001

       This would be SUCH a good idea where I work. Thee guy on the oposite shift to me is the human repository of all things greasy and oozes all over the mouse while I'm not here. Could we have a gortex monitor screen as well to absorb his spital?
dare99, Oct 19 2001

       Squeezymouses are baked. I've seen several of them at various office supply places.   

       There's a furry pic that shows a small female mousemorph on a pad next to a keyboard and monitor, bottom in the air with a cable snaking from offscreen...she's saying 'I don't mind so much being pushed around the pad, but when he plugs in the cable...'
StarChaser, Oct 20 2001

       what about neoprene? i think thats what waugsqueke meant...
edski, Oct 20 2001

       What about it? Waugs was talking about the gel stuff used for wrist rests, hence 'that gel material that is commonly used for wrist rests'.
StarChaser, Oct 21 2001

       why not just put a metal case on a mouse it would absorb heat keep warm/cool add heatsinks to the side and there u go one cool mouse
starman, Nov 18 2002

       Ewww! After a couple a days/weeks/months or so (depending on how much you use a computer) you would have nasty stale sweat oozing from your mouse. (Gag!) I'd give you a fishbone but for the basic idea to get rid of a slippery mouse, so I stay neutral.
DesertFox, May 07 2004

       See my link: I have one of these.
-----, Mar 10 2005

       //I spend half my life picking little fragments of dust and desk-varnish from my mouse ball and rollers anyway//   

       you really need to try an optical mouse.
samosa_pirate, Aug 09 2007

       Why are the air conditioned offices over-hot?
Giblet, Aug 09 2007

       i like the basic concept, but think it could be achieved passively by using a heat-conductive material with a surface that is designed for maximum area (golf-ball texture perhaps?).   

       alternatively, you could actively power a hand-cooling system fairly easily if using a tethered mouse, and almost as easily with a wireless system: a small internal fan could blow a gentle stream of air out of many small holes that cover the mouse (think air hockey). i see something similar already suggested.   

       peltier cooled? nah.. too clammy.
TIB, Aug 09 2007


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