The Up Mouse is now $99! A number of people told me they'd be interested if the price was a little lower so I did some more analysis and decided that I can make it work for $99. For those of you who have already ordered one for $120, I'll refund you the difference so you can also get an Up Mouse at the new price.
I'm now accepting pre-orders outside the US! Please contact me to find out how much it will cost to ship to you before you place your international order. You can contact me by commenting on the project, or by clicking the "send message" link above, just below the project title.
I’ve gotten a couple of reports of people having trouble donating. If that happens to you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Sorry about that!
The Up Mouse lets you click by lifting your fingers instead of pressing down. It has helped relieve my arm pain.
If clicking a mouse hurts you, try this simple test: put your hand on your mouse and lift each finger 10 times. If that hurts, the Up Mouse isn't for you. If that feels ok, it might be just the thing you need. If you get one and it hurts though, stop using it immediately!
The Up Mouse is for righties and lefties.
Pre-order one, and you'll have it by the end of September or October, depending on which batch you choose.
1. Come up with the concept. Done.
2. Build and test a prototype. Done.
3. Line up suppliers for all needed parts. Done.
4. Have the plastic case for a production version designed. In progress.
5. Make the Up Mouse available for pre-order. In progress. The money from the sales and project backers will be used to:
- finish designing the case,
- do a production run, and
- ship out the mice.
6. Get the word out! In progress.
If the Up Mouse might help you, pre-order one and help fund the project. You need your hands to enjoy life and to make money, so it's worth spending some money to keep them healthy.
If you know others that would benefit from the Up Mouse, share the project!
Thanks for your help getting this idea off the ground!
A few years ago I started getting pain in my forearms. It was the beginning of an unpleasant journey with RSI, which stands for repetitive strain injury. I've been to all kinds of doctors and physical therapists. I take breaks and do stretches. I've overhauled my workstation to be very ergonomic and tried many different mice. Some of them are definitely helpful, but I realized that no matter how they're shaped or where the buttons are, I was always using the same muscles and tendons to click: the flexors.
The flexors are what pull our fingers closed, and they're used to push buttons on a keyboard and click a traditional mouse. The extensors are the opposite: they open our fingers. The idea is to use the extensors for clicking.
In the Up Mouse, the buttons are above your fingers and you click by lifting each finger. This spreads around the wear in your arms so that one group of muscles and tendons isn't overused. As a bonus, the extensors don't go through the carpal tunnel, so using them for clicking may reduce the stress in that injury-prone area.
To test the idea, I built a (crazy looking) prototype:
I've been using it for about 3 months and of the mice that I've used so far, it's the best one for me.
The Up Mouse has 2 buttons: right and left click. There's no scroll wheel. Originally I planned to add one, but I couldn't figure out how to do it in an easy-to-use way, and after using the prototype with no scroll wheel for a while, I realized that I didn't miss it.
It took me about 2 weeks to get used to using the Up Mouse. If you get one, please give it some time before you decide whether it's working for you. If it hurts though, stop using it immediately!
I've been tinkering and building gadgets since I was a little kid. I've worked at Red Hat, Columbia University, and New York Public Radio (New York's NPR station). I've built a robot car that drives itself and worked on robots to play musical instruments and clean up dog poop :-)
Lately I've been especially interested in working on something that makes people's lives better, and I'm excited to do that with the Up Mouse.