According to Apple, Ergonomics is Ugly
Looks like there is a big problem with the ultra sleek Magic Mouse. Even though it has kick ass design, it apparently gives people wrist aches. Will, a racecar part designer over at MMFixed, has designed a silicone pad solution that he claims fixes this problem.
It looks like this little product hack does the job, but I can’t help thinking: does sleek mean giving up on usability? Does this also mean that making a product ergonomic makes a design ugly and complicated? I.e. if we contrast my last statement with Apple’s design language, which is about going sleek, clean and uncomplicated. Then again it’s probably a brand thing, no?
Being a fan of Apple products I picked up a Magic Mouse a few days after it launched. After using it for a week I was hooked on its multi-touch surface, but it was awkward to hold and after an hour or two of using it I would develop a pain in my wrist. Looking into the problem further, I found out that a large majority of Magic Mouse owners were having similar problems and all of the online product reviews I read revealed the same flaw. The Magic Mouse does not contour to the users hand. So, being a product designer and manufacturer, I decided to see what I could do to fix it.
It continues to surprise me the things Apple, as a brand, get away with. What surprises me even more, is that Apple’s rabid fans jump in to help them out, and the world of Apple accessories gains another 3rd party product that “fixes” Apple’s design problems.
Still, a damn good looking mouse though! Check out Will doing a product demo in the video below.
If you are interesting in buying the USD$10 bumper pad, check it out at MMFixed.