Smartfish ErgoMotion Mouse
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 08-13-2010
Provided by: Smartfish
Ergonomics and ErgoMotion

When you consider the relevance of ergonomics today, the amount of variety in the ergonomic keyboard and mouse market seems astonishingly small. As such, all products currently on the market follow a nice trend: they all aim to find the perfect posture which will keep you comfortable all day and minimize stress. For some, that means keyboards with a split down the middle, and for others, it means keyboards with a wavy form. Mice have experienced similar development, with the use of age-old trackballs and the introduction of newer vertical mice.

As a computer science student during the school year, full time programmer in the summers, and general home PC user, I spend a lot of time in front of computers. Wrist pain and RSI were always fears of mine, but have recently become more of a reality. I have tried several alternatives, and was intrigued by the unique idea of ergomotion.

The concept of ergomotion is simple: all other devices seek to provide the perfect position for computing, but what if there is no perfect position? Ergomotion contends, for example, that there is likely a different optimal position depending on where you are holding your mouse in relation to your body. Even further, the idea behind ergomotion is that, no matter how comfortable your static posture mouse may be, if you hold your wrist in the same position all day it will still suffer repetitive strain.

Smartfish claims to have developed ergomotion through cooperation with medical professionals, as well as a few investors like Maxell. But, has Smartfish truly made a breakthrough in ergonomics? Continue on as we put ergomotion to the test.

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