Elecom has had a long history of offering unusually shaped, yet stylish offerings in the realm of computer and electronics accessories that stand out from typical tech fare (our favorite are their Pez candy shaped Soap Mouse). They're back, this time partnering up with design superstars, nendo, to release a 3-button optical mouse with that embraces the USB as an intricate part of the overall design.
The rinkak mouse has been designed on the theme rinkaku, a Japanese word meaning "contour," focusing on the idea that the contour is the boundary that separates a form from its background or other forms. On the white mouse body, a line is depicted in the same color as the cable, forming the contour of the mouse. This innovative design makes it look as if the cable has sprouted from the PC, freely drawing the contour of the mouse body just like a pencil. Furthermore, the unique design succeeds in changing the annoying mouse cable, which has always been a minor part of the product, to a major part. The mouse also incorporates many other creative design ideas, for example the slim scroll wheel in the same color as the cable, reinforcing the sense of unity; and the original collaboration logo featured on mouse body and connector.
From the side, the mouse could easily be mistaken for a small decorated cake/cupcake and we enjoy the playful inclusion of the mouse cable into this design. The 1,000 dpi resolution Elecom rinrkak mouse will debut in Japan at the end of this month, with planned availability in other countries following at a currently undetermined date.
[via Dezeen; photographs by Hiroshi Iwasaki.]