Felt Computer Mouse Molds to Your Hand, Leaves Toxic Plastic Behind
Images credit Joey Roth
TreeHugger is all about natural, healthy materials in our houses and our wardrobes, yet we spend our day with a lump of hard, unyielding plastic in our hands. Designer Joey Roth has consistently demonstrated how to build new things with old materials, (see his ceramic speakers) and scores again with his felt mouse.
It is made from all natural materials: wool felt, teak, and aluminum.
I was inspired by the mouse's intimate contact with the human skin, which is unique among peripherals. Although it's more similar to a glove or shoe than a printer, mice are typically made from the same thermoplastics. For such a tactile and purposeful object, this is
The Felt Mouse is designed to be broke in over time. Its dense wool felt slowly conforms to the hand's individual shape and motion. Over the course of a few months, it transitions from a mass produced product to a unique tool that specifically fits its user.
Like a pair of good leather shoes, with natural materials it takes a bit of time to break in and adjust to your body. And unlike a plastic mouse that might be made of polycarbonates, there are no possibly harmful chemicals to leach out.
That's why I so love my Ceramic Speakers; Such a creative use of old materials in new ways.
More by Joey Roth:
Ceramic Speakers By Joey Roth: Look Good, Sound Great
Living with Joey Roth's Ceramic Speakers
Designer Joey Roth Builds Zero-Waste Show Booth From Discarded Materials
Joey Roth's Sorapot
1 Set of Ceramic Speakers, 10 Artists. Including David Lynch, Tobias Wong (Slideshow)
Packaging the Sorapot