The bizarre device, pictured above, may actually help to reduce wrist injuries such as carpel tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury. Made by Posturite, the device is known as the Penguin Ambidextrous Vertical Mouse. Unlike traditional mice which require users to place their palms parallel to surfaces below, users grasp the Penguin like a joystick. This keeps the wrist in a natural position, thereby reducing wrist strain.
Like regular mice, users control the Penguin by sliding over surfaces below. The device has left and right click buttons, a scroll wheel, and a rocker switched dubbed the “bow tie.”
This isn’t the first ergonomic mouse that we’ve seen. But something about the Penguin’s odd appearance is hard to resist.