Getting a Leg Up: Toe-Operated Mouse Works Like Flip Flop

Loss of upper limb function can be devastating for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the disruption of normal, everyday activities. Using a computer mouse becomes impossible for people without the use of their arms, and it’s exceptionally difficult for people with nerve damage or other arm injuries. Designer Liu Yi has come up with an elegant solution to help people without the use of their arms operate a computer easily: the Toe Mouse.

The mouse was designed with flip-flop shoes in mind; a bar goes between the first and second toes, and buttons beneath the big toe and second toe work like the left and right buttons on a conventional mouse. The mouse is designed to be attractive and comfortable enough to use for long periods of time.

The intuitive design looks like it would be simple to use, even the first time you try it. The designer points out that it looks like a motorboat cruising the internet. We don’t know about all of that, but this is one product concept that looks like a solid idea that could help millions of people.

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