A new Apple patent application for an Ambidextrous Mouse
has been submitted, describing a wireless, user-configurable mouse that could automatically recognize whether it was being held by a left- or right-handed user and adjust its virtual buttons and other controls accordingly. Perhaps more interestingly, however, Apple suggests that the peripheral could also be used to identify the current Mac user by the touch-pattern of their hand.
The mouse Apple has in mind sounds a lot like the current Magic Mouse
, with "a unibody housing having a buttonless touch sensitive surface" which would be "divided into an array of independent and spatially distinct sensing regions." The various button zones - which could be customized in terms of layout, number and purpose - are then set out according to that user's previous settings.