Samsung has developed a one of a kind computer mouse that will scurry away if you begin to overwork. It’s a neat idea that reflects the modern desire for a more pronounced work/life balance.
If you’re one of the remaining few who refuse to punch out when the working day is over, you could do with this quirky contraption.
Samsung may be developing an office accessory that takes human agency completely out of the equation, called the ‘Balance Mouse.’
Designed specifically for neurotic office workers, the gadget works the same way as any typical computer mouse – during contracted work hours, that is.
It’s when someone continues to graft outside of this window, that it instantaneously takes on new life. In the blink of an eye, the left and right click panels become ears, a tail springs from the back of the case, and wheels elevate the device off the mat.
Prompted into action by sensors that detect an incoming human hand, the Balance Mouse deliberately evades its owner by shooting forwards and backwards.
Those determined to re-seize control will activate phase two, in which the mouse sheds its outer shell and begins scurrying off across vaster distances and in all directions.
Truth be told, it’s probably not a great option for emergency responders or a homicide detective. But those habitually crunching numbers on Excel may appreciate the intervention.