Japan Partnership for Circular Economy

Japan Partnership for Circular Economy


Commercialization of an battery-less mouse equipped with energy harvesting technology (SMART R MOUSE)

[Company / organization] RICOH Company, Ltd. BifrosTec Inc.

Group composition, role, and point of the collaboration

(Group composition and role)

RICOH: Develop a next generation solar cells equipped with the energy harvesting technology.

Bifrostech: Circuit design with solar cells. Embed a Lithium-ion capacitor device.

(The point of collaboration)

Joint development as it embody one of the feature of a battery-free society which RICOH aims for realization in the future.

Date started

September 17, 2020 released in Japan.

Ricoh and Bifrostech jointly develop a mouse equipped with a solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell.

(Limited to 10,000 sales from Octber 1st)

Technology and business model

Ricoh has developed a next generation solar cells equipped with the energy harvesting technology of high output at the indoor lighting environment which is applying the organic photoconductor technology developped for multifunction printer.

This mouse is sold by Ricoh as the fitst commercialized solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell for general public, named "SMART R MOUSE".

Sales situation

This mouse is soled as an eco-friendly mouse which does not use disposal primary batteries. In addition, it is soled as a light and foldable mouse for carrying around situation.