Until Tobii makes our computer culture click-free, we're all stuck using mice. And there's nothing wrong with that, really, except that our arms and hands weren't designed intelligently enough to be mouse friendly. Using a mouse for extended periods of time can be painful for some, and this mouse project aims to fix that with upside-down buttons.
The problem with mice (and with keyboards) is that to use them, you make the same motion over and over again: a click (or a tap) that involves a finger pushing downwards. Over and over. And over and over and over. And over. The sub-standard muscles and tendons in our forearms and wrists can only put up with so much of this before they rebel, and you get carpal tunnel syndrome and/or a repetitive strain injury. This sucks.
To fix this, you can try the Up Mouse, which reverses the clicking motion that you'd otherwise be making by placing buttons above your fingers. This forces you to click upwards instead of downwards, and you end up using an entirely different muscle group that doesn't even go through the carpal tunnel in your wrist at all. It takes a little bit of practice, but if you have one of these injuries, it sounds like there's a pretty good chance that this mouse will help you get back to using the computer without having to suffer. Or at least, without having to suffer more than is normal for those of us who use computers for (like myself) about 16 hours a day.
The Up Mouse is currently looking for funding via Indiegogo, and a $120 pledge will win you one of your own. There are a few downsides, like the two-button design and a lack of scroll wheel (may we suggest the thumb as a good place to install one), but again, a two button mouse that doesn't hurt you when you use it is almost certainly better than a five button mouse that does.
We're willing to bet that the Up Mouse is going to be a success, if for no other reason than that its inventor, Daniel Benamy, was also responsible for teaching a $400,000 robot to autonomously pick up excrement. Anyone with that kind of epic vision for the future is definitely worth our support. Find the video of the prototype in action below.