Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Ergonomic mouse-the next generation of mice.

Dr. Engelbart holding the first mouse.
Many of us weren't around when the first mouse was invented in 1964 by Dr Engelbart, But it would be a technology that would forever change the way humans interact with computers. Instead of being bound by a keyboard, we could be able to select anything on the screen instead of having to navigate a maze of buttons with the arrow keys or memorizing hundreds of commands. Unfortunately, the general concept of the mouse hasn't changed. It doesn't look much different than it did 20 years ago. And the current design can cause wrist problems in people who use computers frequently, and in this day and age, that's just about everyone. When we use a mouse, most people tend to rest their palm on the back part of the mouse which in turn makes their wrist bend. When you move
City Ergonomic's DXT Mouse 2 Wireless
the mouse, your wrist doesn't really move, you just move your arm. Keeping your wrist in this posture for years can begin to cause painful and expensive problems in your hand, fingers, wrist, and even your arm. However, this company cityergonomics.com has redesigned the mouse to be much more practical. It's part of a new type of mice known as an ergonomic mouse. Ergonomic mice are defined as mice that are designed to reduce risk of problems such as carpals tunnel syndrome that can originate from using mice. Ergonomic mice are also designed to fit the natural shape of the hand better than tradition mice to provide more comfort. Examples include gaming mice since they are very well adapted to fit peoples hands (but they promote the constant use of a mouse, which is what's going to wear down your wrists). City Ergonomics call their new mouse the DXT. At first look, it doesn't look much like a traditional mouse. It is designed so that you hold it sideways, similar to the way you might hold a joystick (or a pencil if you are left-handed). The size of the mouse itself is about the size of your palm. The design of the mouse makes your wrist move more than when you hold a traditional mouse, which in turn can prevent many joint problems later on. The design of it allows for much more accuracy. The newer version of the mouse, the DXT 2, can support 2000 DPI (Dots Per Inch) to allow for more accuracy when trying to select something particularly small or buried in a pile of clickable objects. This can be helpful in CAD programs, FPS games, Strategy games, image manipulation programs, painting programs, writing/note taking programs, and so much more. The DXT comes in two models: wired and wireless. The wireless version has a built-in rechargable battery. The battery can be charged in 90 minutes with a standard micro-USB cable (most likely the same one you use to charge your phone). It even has a rapid-charge mode, where after being plugged in for 30 seconds, it can power itself for 2 hours. After being fully charged, the battery will last you approximately two weeks under normal usage. The wireless adapter will work from about 30 feet (about 10 meters) away. No drivers are needed since they use the generic USB pointing device drivers provided with every modern operating system. And the mouse is built to last with a sturdy construction out of zinc and strong plastic.  Pricing is around $100 USD depending on which country you live in and which model you want. Pricing it in the hundreds puts it with high-quality gaming mice. But with a design to save your wrists, it can save you thousands of dollars down the road.