Revolutionary Device Sets New Standard in Ergonomic Mousing
New York, March 13, 2007 — Humanscale introduces the Switch Mouse, a revolutionary new mousing solution that brings unprecedented ergonomics to computer users. This groundbreaking peripheral device designed by the Humanscale Design Studio teams two new innovations—a patented V-shaped base and a scrolling navigation dish—with incomparable adjustability to provide ultimate ergonomic comfort and safety for any computer user.
The tilted angle of the Switch Mouse, created by the V-shaped bottom of the device, accommodates a natural forearm position to reduce stress on the wrist. The Switch Mouse supports the arm at a 45˚ angle while an integrated palm support supports the entire hand. This natural, neutral position helps prevent injury, including carpal tunnel syndrome, by eliminating contact between the wrist and work surface, encouraging use of the arm muscles, and allowing the delicate hand and wrist muscles to relax. A removable stabilizer helps to keep the Switch Mouse tilted in the optimal ergonomic position.
Another of the Switch Mouse’s design innovations is the scrolling dish. This circular five-button dish provides navigation using much smaller increments of finger movement than traditional scrolling wheels, which put stress on finger muscles and wrist tendons, causing inflammation and fatigue. As an added benefit, the dish allows for horizontal scrolling.
For a uniquely customized mousing solution, Switch Mouse features four additional buttons which may be optionally programmed for user-specified functions—two conventionally positioned buttons on top of the mouse, and one button on each side of the mouse. All buttons are designed for comfortable, low-stress clicking.
Unique among ergonomic mouse designs, the Switch Mouse’s symmetric shape equally accommodates right- or left-handed use of the device. By simply repositioning the stabilizer, the mouse may be reconfigured to accommodate a left-handed user.
Additionally, the Switch Mouse offers Humanscale’s patented size adjustability feature, which enables users of virtually any hand size to mouse in complete ergonomic comfort. With this feature, users may adjust the integrated palm support closer to or further away from the buttons and scrolling dish for a true custom fit.
The Humanscale Design Studio, led by Design Director Manuel Saez, is an award-winning team of more than a dozen designers from around the globe. In addition to developing groundbreaking ergonomic and safe workplace solutions for Humanscale, the Design Studio offers its unique expertise to outside clients seeking high-performance ergonomic design services. For more information on the Humanscale Design Studio, call 646-367-5110.
For more information about Humanscale or to see the company’s full range of ergonomic solutions, please visit www.humanscale.com or call 800-400-0625.
Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 140 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.