Wireless Mouse Concept Says No To Batteries

Sure, you love your go-anywhere little wireless computer mouse. But do you love those hard-to-recycle batteries loaded up with heavy metals you’re blowing through every month? If you’re reading this article, chances are, you don’t.

Greener options of course exist, such as the DX-ECO wireless mouse, which eschews those many AAAs and lithium-ion batteries in favor of a quick-charge system, reducing e-waste and material use; or HP’s Wireless Eco-Comfort Mobile, which is said to be so energy efficient that its single AA battery can last up to seven months (it also features recycled plastic and packaging components). But in the future, you may have an even more attractive option in greener computer peripherals in the Leaf Wireless Kinetic Mouse.

Leaf Wireless Kinetic Mouse

image via Yanko Design

This concept design (which comes to us via Yanko Design) builds on a commonsense insight: the main thing we do with a computer mouse is move it. That movement, properly harnessed, could create energy, which in turn could power the mouse. The brilliance!

Designers Lu Hairong and Zhang Xuehui make use of a basic circuit board and internal battery powered by a “self-powered” kinetic energy system that produces 3 volts of electricity to keep you happily clicking away. Laser tracking keeps the mouse’s movements consistent with the movement of your cursor on-screen, while its slim, ergonomic design keeps the mouse comfortable in your hand.

Now, if only everything we moved around on a regular basis could produce electricity. How about the computer keyboard itself? Not to mention kinetically powered iPods, iPads and—why not?—Nintendo Wiis. Concept designs such as this could help to get our various electronic devices off the dole and on the road to self-sufficiency, which could spell real changes in the way we use energy. Kinetic energy for all!

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply February 3, 2012

    Stephen Bowden

    This looks cool. I use the DXTu00a0nErgonomic Mouseu00a0u00a0 which is wired. Would be cool to have a wireless with no batteriesu00a0though. Good for the environment!

  • Reply February 8, 2012

    kenneth adrian ellis

    Speaking of kinetic….Author Kenneth Adrian Ellis has a four-part special power that he reveals to readers in: A Kinetic Person’s Power, Sub Titled: Voice Command Ability! Visit the following four(4) links in relation.(1st)Professional Video with over 12,300 views: http://www.YouTube.com ,search: Kenneth A. Ellis.(2nd)Press Release with over 2,300 views: http://www.PRLog.org/10285981 (3rd) Talk Radio 15 minute Interview: http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/Strategic-Book-Club ,In “On-Demand Episodes”. (4th) Fan Page on FaceBook: http://www.TINYURL.com/Author-Kenneth-Ellis .Thank You!

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