Thursday, October 12, 2006

Replace your equipment

Practical steps to avoiding RSI ...

"Increased awareness of RSI over the past couple of decades has spawned a flood of so-called ergonomic devices that claim to reduce the risk of injury. Unfortunately, determining whether a product lives up to its claims is difficult without actually using it. Like gloves, keyboards and pointing devices are personal—one size doesn’t fit all. Before buying any device, make sure that you can return it after a trial period.

Switch your keyboard
To reach the keys on a conventional keyboard, you have to angle your hands outward and bend your wrists. But this position puts stress on nerves, muscles, and tendons. Ergonomic keyboards are designed to diminish these problems.

The simplest models, like Microsoft’s $100 Wireless Laser Desktop, turn the right and left sides of the keyboard outward so that your arms, wrists, and hands form a straight line as you type. Note, though, that since there’s no ideal angle for everyone, this keyboard may not work for everyone.

To help accommodate different body types, some ergonomic keyboards are split down the middle, allowing you to adjust the angle between the two halves. The $159 Kinesis Maxim goes one step further: not only can you adjust the angle between the two halves, but you can also tilt the center point of the keyboard upward like a tent so that your wrists and hands assume a more relaxed, vertical position."    (Continued via Macworld)    [Ergonomics Resources]

Kinesis Maxim - Ergonomics

Kinesis Maxim

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