Microsoft designer creates special mouse for kids and elders

TechFlash reports that Microsoft User Experience Designer, Mike LaManna has designed a computer mouse for those who have problems controlling a mouse. The mouse will help those with cognitive and physical disabilities or elderly computer users to hold the mouse properly.

LaManna who works in Creation and Collaboration team (PC3), along with the help of one of Microsoft's Senior Accessibility Strategist and a former Microsoft User Experience Researcher has created a speciality mouse for people with disbilities, by gluing a plastic ring or loop towards the back edge of the left mouse button. The mouse will help to keep fingers positioned over the mouse buttons. The mouse was prototyped and tested with students in the North Tonawanda and Bellevue school districts. LaManna gives a simple set of DIY instructions for parents and teachers to customize mice themselves by using any material like a plastic party ring, elastic, Velcro or parts of children toys to make a loop/ring that can be glued to the left button of the mouse.

More information about Microsoft's accessibility initiatives can be found here.

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What is really needed is mouse software that audibly says "left click", "right click" and "scrolling" when they do to train people to use a mouse. I have to explain these simple concepts to people who have been using computers for years. I would think the ring prevents wandering index fingers only. You would be stuck in left click. A deeper swale on the button would locate fingers more positively.

I had a lady who couldn't quite wrap her mind around the fact that the mouse is a relative pointing device. She'd insist on moving the mouse towards the physical area of the screen she wanted the cursor to me at.

I'm just amazed at why these concepts are just so friggin' hard for some people to understand. Might have something to do with their view of technology as some sort of mystical black box that obeys no rules and has no logic.

As someone with a severe disability, I know it usually costs 4x as much for adaptive technology. I can't use this "ring" idea myself, but I'm glad to hear they aren't trying to make $$$ from it (yet).

Why the index finger? Trying to make middle-clicking a pain in the A**?

I'd think it'd be much better to put the ring on any of the other three fingers.

This page is like a study in the connotations of rings in the modern world:

    Marriage
    The Ring
    The Lord of the Rings

In any case, deceptively simple, good idea.

As the science says (more or less): In a finite number of complex solutions, most of the time the best answer is the most simple.

If this works, why not produce it?

as majortom1981 said, this will definitively help those with parkinson's decease and others.

"User Experience Designer, Mike LaManna has designed a computer mouse"

He's just glued a ring from a bubble gum machine to a mouse. Hardly bloody "designed" is it?

I bet he gets paid ridiculous amounts of money for this ****.

Suppose it will be of use to some though.

DARKFiB3R said,
"User Experience Designer, Mike LaManna has designed a computer mouse"

He's just glued a ring from a bubble gum machine to a mouse. Hardly bloody "designed" is it?

I bet he gets paid ridiculous amounts of money for this ****.

Suppose it will be of use to some though.


Nobody else thought of it...

stifler6478 said,

Nobody else thought of it...

Im sure millions of people thought of it and then thought

'AHAHAH as if that would ever get anywhere'

I mean I thought of sticking lines on my monitor for people who can't see well can I have lots of money plskthx

Medfordite said,
Sorry, I can't stop thinking...

"With this ring, I thee wed."

Finally, I can get married to my computer! Nothing else offers such reliable sexual gratification!

Majesticmerc said,


Finally, I can get married to my computer! Nothing else offers such reliable sexual gratification!


Too damned funny.