Microsoft designer discovered simple way to help kids hang on to mice

Microsoft user experience designer Mike LaManna remembers feeling like a mad scientist as he tried to design a computer mouse that would let children with cognitive and physical disabilities keep their fingers properly positioned to point and click. He brought home old mice, took them apart, and tried everything from clay to Velcro straps. He […]

Microsoft user experience designer Mike LaManna remembers feeling like a mad scientist as he tried to design a computer mouse that would let children with cognitive and physical disabilities keep their fingers properly positioned to point and click. He brought home old mice, took them apart, and tried everything from clay to Velcro straps. He even baked some of the mice to reshape the plastic. “After trying all sorts of high-tech approaches, LaManna and his collaborators discovered a simple way to remove the decorations from plastic party favors and attach the loops to notebook mice in a way that secures the pointing fingers of children who otherwise have problems using them.” 

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