Minimizing Mouse Friction to Reduce Fatigue and Improve Response Times
Aris Wells ’20
Advisor: Steve Alexander, Professor of Physics
The goal of this project is to determine which factors (model of mouse, surface it is moved over and the presence of aftermarket mouse feet) or combinations of factors offer the least friction. A testing apparatus composed of a spinning test surface and a computer mouse affixed to a force gauge will be used to approximate the frictional force of each set of factors.
In this case, lower friction is desirable because a mouse that requires less force to move can be used as efficiently as possible while reducing stress on the hand, improving safety and comfort. I will then generalize my data so that the average user can approximate whether they are using a high or low friction combination, and whether the differences would offer them significant benefits.