Free the mouse
We wanted to create a wirelessly charging mouse back in 2013, but we ran into a lot of roadblocks. One thing was figuring out how to get enough power from a single USB connection to a charging pad, and then getting the mouse to pick up that juice as it moved over the surface.
Another challenge was latency. We had linked several electrical coils under the pad’s surface, but it took up to a second for the mouse to switch among them as you used it. You can’t have that kind of interruption in charging. And then there was the pad’s layered construction, a sort of sandwich of components. That required lamination to hold it all together. In the first prototype, we actually applied the lamination with a baker’s rolling pin. Let’s just say there were lots of bubbles.
In all, we built about 10 different designs over four years before we got to that first one. Almost everything about it is new. We had so many concerns, there were 12 or 13 times we thought about killing it.