The Delft University of Technology realizes that sustainability doesn't sell itself. With a solar-powered mouse, they are testing whether renewable energy products, with higher functionality and a touch of design, can encourage users to adopt modern and consistently sustainable conduct.
Recently, Minister Cramer of the Ministry for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment took part in a user trial of the world's first exclusively photovoltaic-powered (PV) computer mouse. The trial should demonstrate whether the mouse, named Sole Mio, can be fully charged during busy daily activities.
Accordingly, its success depends on a lot of factors, including the willingness of the user to adapt his behaviour to favourable light conditions by regularly charging the unit with daylight from the window, and the computer usage pattern. We are hoping for good charging results, since most design works get that extra push after sunset.
Aart van Bezooijen is a Dutch optimist and motivator for materials in design. He lives and works in Hamburg where he founded Material Stories (2005) to inspire and enable the best use of materials to make design more competitive, creative and sustainable.
2011 he explored sustainable solutions from around the world during the "It's Not Easy Being Green" project with graphic designer Paula Raché. He co-organized the Materials Café exhibitions at the Hannover Messe in Germany, the world's leading trade fair for industrial technology. Since 2012, he works as Professor for Material and Technology Transfer at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle growing a new materials library.