We know that for the most comfortable use of technology, we need to design items for both optimal movement of the body and minimal contortions of muscles from their resting positions.
We know from studying human physiology, and have confirmed from studying how humans sleep in zero gravity, the perfectly relaxed positions of all of your muscles in your body.
We will ignore legs for the sake of this question since we know that your legs are relaxed around halfway between sitting and standing, and making a half sitting / half standing chair could be uncomfortable for the rest of your body. (We have also seen that switching between sitting and standing seems to work okay for your legs)
So my question really comes down to your arms. This is what your arms look like when they are relaxed:
We know that the position of your arms required for current typing/mouse activity is creates an unnecessary twist in your arm which can lead to various problems (and there are wrist bends and a large finger workouts, etc, etc).
Are there any type of keyboard/mouse that would fit nicely into your hands in this "resting" position? The closest device I can think of that actually follows these ergonomics are recent video-game controllers.
Here is my problem with the currently accepted solution of sitting/standing. How can I avoid this endless loop?
- Center keyboard with display
- Move to the left to place hands on home row
- Start typing.
- Now my head has to turn too the right more often then the left to see items on the screen
- Solution! Center home row of keyboard with center of display.
- Reach with my right arm into the ether to retrieve mouse.
- Perform left hand chording on keyboard with right arm in Neverland
- Solution! Slide everything over to the left to make right arm comfortable for mousing
- Goto 1
Is it possible to get the best of both worlds?
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