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  1. tescrin

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    Hello all. I know that there exist products that claim to be noiseless mice. The bad news is that they're all absolute garbage and they still have a tactile "click" and an audible noise. Every one of 'em from what I can tell.

    Cutting to the chase: I'm digging through aliexpress trying to find a button/switch that lacks a tactile sensation and an audible click. I might have found components for the latter that could be used such as this and this. I am *not* looking for these, as they are what are normally used in "silent" mice.

    If anyone can point me to a decent component that I might be able to hack into one of my mice, I'd love to know about it, and possibly have questions on how to hook it up.

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    For those curious; I have "misophonia" for some sounds, so at times I get irrationally angry at mouse clicking. The tactile sensation is sometimes enough to drive me crazy. That said, laptop trackpads (and accessories like them) aren't the answer; as they're not suitable for games, and many of them purposely build in a click anyway, probably just to spite me.

    So, while I am a humble software engineer wading into amateur electronics, your expertise on electronics equipment to help solve one of my neuroses would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. bertus

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  3. Harald Kapp

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    Any mechanical switch will have some kind of tactile feedback, be it ever so feeble, and will make some noise, ever so silent.
    If you want a no noise solution you will have to go for a switch without mechanical movement at all, e.g. a touch sensor. I doubt you will find a mouse with built in sensors instead of switches. That is going to be a custom build. You'll still hear the tapping of your fingers and get some feedback from that, too.

    How about a pair of closed earphones as an alternative to a very specialized mouse? At least the audible click can be damped that way.
     
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  4. ratstar

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    Yep Harolds right, even with an electrostatic touch switch, if you tap too hard with your finger... tappy... tappy tap tappy getting angry.
     
  5. Martaine2005

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    Or capacitive?

    Martin
     
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  6. Alec_t

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    .... or optical?
     
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  7. ratstar

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    optical would definitely be cool.
    why not use a piezoelectric ultra sound depth sensor, thats a capacitor too.
    the sound bounces off your finger, maybe have to source some micro emitter and receptor mini-duo from some sweat-shop in thai-wan to whack on the bum end of your mouse like shape.

    after youve finished that, maybe youll have all the experience and what you need to start a 3d depth image sensor business with a micro-microphone screen. dont forget to patent it. maybe a good trademark would be "see with sound!!"
     
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  8. tescrin

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    well, maybe I'll try a couple of these other buttons/switches to up my soldering game a little bit (e.g. get from skill level 0 to 1.)

    Looks like I'll have to consider hypnosis haha, thank you for the replies.
     
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