If you're reading this, there's a very high probability that you're what's known as a computer user, which Webster defines as "an individual at elevated risk for repetitive stress injuries (RSI)" such as carpal tunnel syndrome, not to mention other physiological stresses like eyestrain and neck pain. Your doctor and your mother will both tell you the same thing: you're spending way too much time in front of that computer, and you should take regular stretch breaks. That's where a tool like Big Stretch Reminder comes in. This simple, free utility interrupts … Read more
Stretch Break is a fun and easy-to-use program that will help computer-weary users feel refreshed and avoid repetitive motion injuries. The many customizable options allow each user to create a stretching regime that is right for them.
Stretch Break's interface is very intuitive, and users should have no trouble configuring the program to their liking, but a well-written built-in Help file includes plenty of information about the program's functions. The Options menu contains everything within a single screen, making it easy to navigate. When the program is in action, an animated figure demonstrates each stretch, moving automatically to … Read more
Remember when carpal tunnel syndrome was looking to be the big bad wolf that would blow down the IT industry with a gust of wrist injuries?
While some people have certainly and unfortunately been afflicted with it, it has not become the epidemic that so many predicted.
An Associated Press article on Sunday looks into what happened with the repetitive stress injury washout:
With the personal-computing boom of the 1990s came thousands of repetitive stress injuries or repetitive strain injuries. RSI became the hip medical acronym of the keyboard era, with subset carpal tunnel syndrome the diagnosis of the day.… Read more
We've never understood trackballs. Like the folks over at Dvice, we too remember being told that everyone would be be using them in a few years. That was 1995.
We tried our hand(s) at it too, with one about the size of a softball that was attached to an even bigger mouse--both of which were supposed to eliminate RSI forever. Years of physical therapy later, we're back to our old wireless Kensington. But we digress; clearly there are those still loyal to the trackball, for Genius has invented one that can even be used on the road … Read more
Perhaps more than any other piece of office equipment, the computer keyboard has been constantly morphed to keep its operators' hands out of the doctor's office. In the perennial battle against RSI, we've seen versions that break in two, glow in the dark and even skip the keys altogether. But instead of the hardware options, others continue to pursue solutions in the keys themselves--and a generation that goes beyond the QWERTY alternatives may be just beginning.
New Standard Keyboards, for instance, has developed an alphanumeric version that includes only 53 keys rather than the usual 104, according to … Read more
Just what we need, one more thing to confuse us on the desktop. We don't doubt Logitech's good intentions in developing the "NuLOOQ Navigation Tool," which Tech Digest says was apparently designed to lessen RSI by reducing "the repetitive use of shortcut keys and scrolling around trying to find the right button to click." There's just one thing we don't quite understand: Isn't the idea to use fewer devices, not more?
For years repetitive stress injuries have sent manufacturers scurrying to build a better mouse, often at significant expense. But Japan's Elecom has decided to take a zen-like approach and look inward for the answer. Which is why it came up with the "M-D13UR" (such a clever name), a wireless optical mouse that changes shapes to suit its owner's needs.
The folding design makes it easier to store, and it definitely looks good. We have just one minor issue: It doesn't look like anything that would fit comfortably in one's hand, either folded or supine. … Read more
A mouse that can eliminate RSI? We'll believe it when we see (and try) it, but here's one to make that claim.
According to Electronista, the Hela Glider Mouse supposedly staves off repetitive stress injury by behaving "somewhat like an air hockey paddle," avoiding muscle strain resulting from constant reaching to the side. The buttons and scroll wheel have been taken out of the mouse itself and embedded in its pad, which will undoubtedly be an adjustment for many people. But if it can avoid permanent crippling, as we have witnessed too many times, it may … Read more