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Old 27th January 2003, 03:52 PM   #1
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Question Heated Mouse?

I'm tired of cold hands...anyone ever try putting a heating element inside their mice?

I bet a few inches of nichrome (say, from a dead soldering tool) wound up inside the case, wrapped with some nice hi-temp insulation of some sort, and connected to the computer's 5V supply would work out nice.
I'd hazard a guess that 2W would be enough heat, and at 5V that's 12.5 ohms. Perhaps 10 ohms worth of wire? (Accounting for the thermal coefficient.)

Anyone forsee any possible worries from the DC magnetic field? Depending on how many courses around the mouse it takes, it wouldn't be more than a few ampere-turns.

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Old 27th January 2003, 04:16 PM   #2
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Default Amen!

Ditto!

In the winter, my mouse hand turns to ice when I'm mousing at home in my 68F office.

How 'bout a mouse mit? It could basically be a fuzzy hand sock with a cutout on the bottom for the mouse. Seal the edges with velcro.

Think it could be a money-maker?!
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Old 27th January 2003, 04:19 PM   #3
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My hands always get clammy inside gloves. Heat the mouse, it'll feel better too!

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Old 27th January 2003, 04:39 PM   #4
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You can get at least 5 watts from a USB socket
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Old 27th January 2003, 04:46 PM   #5
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Hmm, that's good to know....when I get a USB header. I have a 2-button serial mouse.

But as long as it means warmpth, I don't mind two extra wires.
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Old 28th January 2003, 11:38 AM   #6
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Default cold is annoying

Have you all ever thought of warm mouse-pad ???
maybe also a solution
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Old 28th January 2003, 11:41 AM   #7
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I say the pointer/cursor should be controlled by our pupil. Then you can saw off the cold hands and still work even faster on your computer.

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Old 28th January 2003, 12:37 PM   #8
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Except when playing Doom 2.

(Yep, that's right, I like all sorts of old things...tubes, DOS games...)

For the heating element I was thinking, to spread out the heat and keep it from getting too hot, put the resistance wire inside a bit of plastic tubing filled with oil. Last problem I had with this is blocking the X encoder wheel.

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Sorry, I honestly totally forgotten that computer can also be used for games. I must be getting old
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Old 28th January 2003, 12:43 PM   #10
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What's wrong with a 5 watt resistor inside, and letting convection do the rest? I can't imagine there's too much heat sensitive stuff in there.

I can't believe I'm talking about this!
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