Items tagged with ergonomics

For anyone who sits in front of a PC for extended periods of time, ergonomics is an important consideration, not just for comfort but also to avoid lingering issues like carpal tunnel syndrome. Dealing with that sort of thing is not fun. Logitech is doing its part. The peripheral maker developed a new mouse that it says i the most advanced ergonomic rodent on the planet, the MX Vertical. Logitech's claim is rooted in science, and while the MX Vertical might look funky to some, the company is adamant that there is a real purpose behind the non-traditional design. "Scientifically tested and ergonomist approved, MX Vertical is designed with a natural handshake position and a 57-degree vertical angle... Read more...
Any health expert will tell you that sitting on your rump for hours on end each day is detrimental to your well being. Yet, that's what many of us do, sitting tethered to our PCs as we toil for the fat cats in charge. The wiser (and more fit) among us have adopted standing desks, and the truly health conscious have even adapted treadmills into their daily work routine. But you can trump them all by building your very own Hamster Wheel Standing Desk. You can thank artist Robb Godshaw and Instructables developer Will Doenlen for this ingenious and cleverly designed contraption. It's also depressing in a way, serving as a daily reminder that all you're really doing is spinning your wheels and getting... Read more...
Razer's new Ourboros mouse for gamers might be the funkiest looking rodent this side of the planet Ork, but it's with comfort and ergonomics in mind that the peripheral maker designed it. What's more, left-handed gamers will be thrilled to know Razer didn't play favorites with this particular mouse, which sports an ambidextrous design. "Designed for excellence and total ownage, the Razer Ouroboros was intended to be wielded by all serious gamers looking to win any FPS, RTS or RPG with custom-made dominance," said Robert 'RazerGuy' Krakoff, president of Razer USA. "We are proud to introduce it as Razer’s first gaming mouse that features optimized, customizable, ambidextrous ergonomics that... Read more...
Posture. It's an important thing. And for many computer users, keeping it for an extended period of time is very tough. Philips is clearly aware of those struggles, and to deal with them they have introduced the world's first ErgoSensor display. It's designed "for a healthy, productive workplace," boasting an intelligent center and sensor network that can advise you how to sit in an ergonomically correct position while at your computer screen. Outside of telling you how to best position yourself while computing, it also includes a time-break reminder, neck posture detection / corrective advice, user prescence detection and a low bezel-to-table height. Other specs include a 24-inch screen, 1920x1080... Read more...
In the thirty-plus years since the first personal computers hit the market system capabilities have increased by multiple orders of magnitude. The ways in which end-users access these capabilities, on the other hand, has scarcely changed at all. The last major innovation was the mouse, first popularized by Apple in 1984. In the 26 years hence, a variety of conceptual devices and prototypes have debuted, including everything from the AlphaiGrip to Microsoft's own Surface. The BendDesk is yet another attempt to create a brand-new, superior method of system control. If nothing else, it deserves credit for ambition. Instead of focusing on yet another keyboard+mouse replacement, its designers chose... Read more...
At the annual Research at Intel event, the company Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner announced Intel's plans for a new research division. This purpose of this new department, dubbed Interaction and Experience Research (IXR), is to "reinvent the computing experience in ways we can only begin to imagine." Supress your gag reflex long enough to keep reading—there's some very interesting stuff percolating under the heady odor of the PR department. We think of Intel as a technology company first and foremost, but the corporation is quite interested in other aspects of computing. Better technology isn’t enough these days," said Rattner. “What the individual values today is a... Read more...
We briefly mentioned Smartfish Technologies when we rounded up the best and brightest from the early days of CES 2010, but the new ErgoMotion Keyboard deserves more than a passing glance. Much like the Optimus Maximus in its day, this keyboard has the potential to really revolutionize the way we experience typing. Hailed as the world’s first intelligent keyboard with a patented motion system, the keyboard got its roots in the medical world. Now, we're seeing consumers the world over show interest in it. As you could expect, the key ingredient here is the ergonomics. It's intelligent onboard processing enables it to move through seven different dynamic positions ased on the user’s typing frequency,... Read more...