Typing can be a real pain in the hand for workers who spend a lot of time at their computer keyboards. Carpal tunnel syndrome, an inflammation of the tendons in the hands and wrists, is just one of the many repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) that sideline many workers. Industrial Innovations Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz., is tackling the problem by redesigning the conventional keyboard.
Its Datahand is a pair of left and right keyboards, designed to support the natural cupped shaped of typing hands. Each finger rests in a shallow depression surrounded by keys on all sides. This setup, the company says, cuts down on finger movement and thus RSI as well. What's more, the two keyboards can slide on their underlying tablets and control the movement of a computer's cursor--much like a conventional computer mouse. Industrial Innovations plans to begin production in early 1992. But don't throw out your old keyboard yet: Datahand's initial retail price is expected to be $1,200.