Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Wrist Keyboard

    Have you heard about a keyboard reducing wrist pain? Yes, there is a wrest keyboard designed to relieve wrist strain while typing; it is called iKey AK-39.

    Wrist keyboard is use when someone is not actually typing, and it can help someone keep his or her hands above the keyboard, because the rest provides a cue to keep the wrists up.  During a typing break,, people have their hands above the keyboard, with the fingers striking down. Having the hands above also makes it easier to reach remote function keys on the keyboard. The hands can be allowed to slide back so that the heel of the palm sits on the keyboard wrist rest, maintaining an ergonomically sound hand position while taking a break. After the break when the typist is ready to resume, the hands can be lifted from the wrist rest and placed in the proper position for typing. In addition, it has a curved back provides a secure and comfortable placement on the wrist, and the keyboard layout is optimized to provide alphanumeric entry.  It can be operated in the rain or other harsh environment. Also, this keyboard can be operated in the rain and other harsh environment.

    It is intended for military and emergency personnel use. It is also incorporates a D-pad mouse and an integrated Force Sensing Resistor pointing device with left- and right-click functionality. It’s built for drops, spills, and harsh elements too.  It features electro-magnetic shielding to protect it from harsh environments, alongside adjustable and night-vision compatible green LED backlighting, and a snap-on protective faceplate to eliminate accidental keystrokes or to stop pressing more than one button at a time when wearing gloves.

    According to the product description, “The AK-39’s small-footprint design features essential components for military and public safety applications, including an integrated Force Sensing Resistor TM (FSR) pointing device with left- and right-click functionality, and adjustable green LED backlighting that is also available in a night vision (NVIS) compatible configuration. Designed with gloved users in mind, the AK-39’s snap-on faceplate eliminates accidental key strokes and can be easily removed to clean the pad.”

    This keyboard accessory should be combined with other ergonomically-friendly measures. It is important to make sure that the keyboard is at the right height, and that the distance between the user and the monitor is appropriate. Making small adjustments to lighting, seating configuration, and so forth can also make a big comfort difference. Following ergonomic guidelines at a workstation can greatly reduce repetitive stress injuries and make people feel more comfortable at work.


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