Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Bizarre Keyboard takes Ergonomics to the Limits

Looking at the Maltron keyboard in terms of RSI benefits ...

"The Maltron keyboard is the strangest, costliest keyboard around which claims to take ergonomics to the next level.

This whacky looking keyboard is supposed to increase your efficiency, as the Maltron allows you to use all 10 fingers compared to the usual 8 fingers with a conventional keyboard. Theoretically this could boost your typing speed by 20 %. This unique keyboard also helps prevent RSI (repetitive stress injuries). At the heart of the Maltron keyboard are Cherry MX switches, considered the best keyboard switches in the industry. Cherry switches are known to last 50 million key strokes per key!

One of the major causes of RSI is the need to pound the membrane key switches to make it activate. This constant pounding takes a toll on the human body over the years. Cherry MX key switches activate HALF WAY thru the key stroke. This means that the user does not have to pound the keys into the base of the keyboard and should reduce the stress on the human body."   (Continued via LaptopLogic.com)       [Usability Resources]

Maltron Keyboard - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Maltron Keyboard

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