Ergonomic keyboards may get most of the attention from technology review sites and other media, but in recent years the computer mouse has also received a significant upgrade in terms of design and usability. The following are some of the most cutting edge mouse designs – each one created not only to look cool, but enhance workplace health as well.
Fresh out of the lab, there’s the latest innovation from Microsoft, the Arc Mouse. Freakishly cool, this mouse sports an unprecedented design that can only be described as “scorpion-like.” It has a solid modern look and appealing burgundy color schema. In addition to being crafted for comfort, the biggest selling point of this mouse is that it can be folded up and stored almost anywhere. It’s like the mouse version of a George Jetson’s car! Expect the Microsoft Arc Mouse to be released sometime this Fall.
This interesting looking device completely rethinks the way you use your mouse. Instead of traditional hand and wrist positioning, the 3M Mouse places your hand in a more ergonomically sound position. Although it takes some getting used to, research has proven that over time, the stress on the digits is greatly reduced and the chance of getting carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress disorders is diminished. This mouse reminds me of the old Atari gaming joysticks. I’m sure all the gamers will enjoy this cool mouse!
This space-age looking wonder combines the elements of a mouse and trackball into a single design. Like most of Logitech’s products, this mouse is shaped to help avoid strain on the hands and fingers. Plus, it’s got lots of goodies too, such as an extra mouse button which can be used to browse through a predetermined list of your favorite web sites. Prevent carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries by using this ergonomically friendly mouse. Trackballs has been proven to relieve wrist and hand strain that leads to CPS.
This big old ball of a mouse just feels great in your hand. Microsoft engineers have been refining the mouse for years, and have finally nailed that perfect combination of cool design and functionality. When you use the Laser Mouse 6000, your hand begins to feel more relaxed right from the start. In fact, going back to an older, more traditional mouse is almost impossible after using this beauty. In addition to be a dream to use, the 6000 also features pinpoint accuracy when it comes to pointing and clicking.
Another nifty design from the minds at Logitech, this compact mouse features everything that’s good about the Trackman Wheel Optical, but in a smaller package. Built to save space on the desktop, the Optical Trackman somehow manages to seamlessly integrate traditional mouse functions and a track ball into a sleek ergonomic package. Along with cool metallic color, this slick design will provide maximum comfort and prevent repetitive stress injuries.
Finally, for those who really take their ergonomics seriously, there’s the Felt Mouse. Just as the name suggests, this fully-functional mouse is made of wool felt (and some laminated bamboo thrown into the mix for good measure). If you’ve just got to have that office cubicle conversation starter, then the felt mouse might be for you. If not, may we recommend using it to get stubborn stains out of your countertop? I would be interested to see this mouse in action, because I have no clue how you would use it efficiently. The felt mouse is wireless and molds to your hand, but has no positive application towards preventing carpal tunnel syndrome. If you’re looking for strain relief, don’t choose this bad apple!
Evoluent Vertical Mouse
This innovative mouse is the only vertical mouse approved for staff use within UC Berkeley. The design looks a bit odd at first glance, but this mouse has proven itself by providing superb comfort, accessibility, and it works to prevent posture and wrist injuries. If you’re looking for something fresh and new the Evoluent Vertical Mouse is perfect for you!
Wow-Pen Joy Mouse
Most people remember the Wow-Pen Mouse, well here here is the new and improved Wow-Pen Joy Mouse. Just as the Evoluent Vertical Mouse above, this mouse is vertically based. It is equipped with 5-button functionality, ideal comfort, and promotes proper ergonomics. Watch out when you this “shark fin” mouse sliding across the desk, it may bite!
Mogo Media Mouse
This wireless multimedia mouse is very unique with its compact design which fits within any laptop PCMCIA slot. With this mouse you have the ability to toggle between multimedia and mouse modes. In multimedia mode you can use the mouse to control the volume, and switch songs tracks. You can also mute any song on the fly and Play/Pause tracks. In mouse mode all standard functions are included: left click, right click, center click, scroll pad, and back button. This mouse is not ergonomically friendly because it provides no wrist support, but it is ideal for temporary use on business trips or short travels.