Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Mac news with a personal touch

Ergonomic difficulties with Apple's Mighty Mouse - do's and don'ts ...

"On case you haven’t already heard, Apple finally released the multi-button mouse they’ve been working on for several years. Dubbed “Mighty Mouse,” this new input device sports “single-button looks, multi-button charm” and it also includes a scroll ball. Not only that, but the little side buttons we’ve grown accustom to on the Pro Mouse are now programmable buttons in their own right.

As great as this new mouse is, some people are whining and moaning about haw bad it is, and they’re whining for one reason only: they don’t hold the mouse properly.

Most people, unfortunately, hold the Apple Mouse as you see here: in the tips of their fingers. The movement and guiding is done with the palm firmly rested to the desk top, and the finger tips and thumb move the mouse around. Note, too, that this manner of holding the mouse does give full access to the scroll ball — but not the side buttons, which are *exactly* where they’ve always been. Basically, if you hold your mouse like this, you flat-out holding it incorrectly."   continued ...   (Via RAILhead Design)

Might Mouse Right Way - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Right way to hold this mouse.

Might Mouse wrong Way - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Wrong way to hold this mouse.

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