Many people believe that standing is better than sitting, especially for those who have desk jobs or work long hours on their computers. Standing for hours on end in front of a standing desk isn’t the most comfortable thing to do, but it could give you the added benefits promised for those who stand up more.
From time to time, I’ve had a comfortable office chair. Though when you move, change jobs, etc., chairs seem to get a lower priority than more essential things. That being said, there’s something good about having a well-designed chair, which will let you sit for hours without feeling uncomfortable.
It doesn’t matter how comfortable your computer chair is. Give it a few hours and you’ll probably be slouching or bending your head this way or that as you do your work. It’s not very good for your posture or bones, but you probably already know that.
You might have a big screen, or a fancy desk for your PC or Mac, but I bet you don’t have a rig like this one for using your computer. The MWE Emperor 200 is about the fanciest computer workstation you can buy these days.
Ironing can be a drag. There can be those tricky spots and folds that make ironing over them impossible (unless you were using something like the Easy Iron.) Aside from the problem of hard-to-iron clothes, there’s the problem with the iron itself.
I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m far less efficient typing on a touchscreen than I am when using a tactile keyboard. Heck, even today’s relatively flat laptop keyboards are still much faster for typists than touchscreens.
While this concept is a few months old, it’s still interesting. It’s true that ergonomic keyboards do make touch-typing easier, especially if you spend long hours in front of you computer, but the modular aspect of this keyboard is somewhat strange.
You know, the funny thing about this image is that Steve Jobs really was the father of both of these items – there’s Luxo, Jr., the little articulating Anglepoise lamp from Pixar’s breakthrough short film, and an iPad, from, well, you know where.
There are gobs of mice on the market and many of them claim to be ergonomic and help to prevent repetitive stress injuries. The catch with some of the portable mice that are around is that the things are only for right-handed users.
While I’ve been touch-typing for years, sometimes as fast as a secretary, I’ve never tried any of the so-called ergonomic keyboards out there. Supposedly they will make you type faster and reduce some of the stress on your wrists.
I am sure there are lots of folks out there who have repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel from things like typing too much or spending excess time surfing porn and fwapping. If you have that sort of issue and need an alternative to a mouse Logitech has a new Wireless Trackball M570 that might be just for you.
Like many of Apple’s products, the Magic Trackpad is more form than function – it looks great but it’s not very practical. On the other hand, Contour Design’s design philosophy seems to be the opposite of that.
CES is a great time to find some interesting ideas. This latest is from Smartfish and it aims to relieve stress by using motors in keyboards.
How does this work? Every so often – depending on your workload, the keyboard slightly moves around so that your wrists don’t ache.