Home Taking the keyboard in new directions… Ergonomics Done Right®

Written by: Kent Hatcher on February 15th, 2010

Here’s this week’s entry into our unofficial edition of "What’s New
in Ergonomics".

The ErgoMotion keyboard from SmartFish doesn't look that different to some
of other ergonomically designed models out there, but upon closer review there
is one interesting feature that is very different. The keyboard is powered
to change the angle, up and down, which varies how the user from types over
time.  The keyboard also offers a pre-programmed setting to adjust its angle
and width, so you don't have to.

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The idea is very similar to the lumbar supports in certain task chairs, that cycle the amount of support throughout the day.  The goal is not to expose any one body part to an awkward, static posture.

What do you think?  Has anyone tried one of these out?

 

One response to “Taking the keyboard in new directions…”

  1. Ross K. says:

    This is a very neat idea and design. I like the idea of how it moves throughout the day to alleviate static wrist positioning. Two thing about the keyboard: 1) Does this design go toward any negative sloping keybaord angle positions? Studies have found that negative slope will decrease wrist extension which ultimately reduces risk of tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. 2) How does the movement of the keyboard affect the productivity of the worker? If someone is not a true touch typist, this may hinder their performance at work.

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