Ergonomics is the study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body, its movements, and its cognitive abilities -Wikipeida

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How do you remember to sit up straight?

I spent some time thinking about this recently. It's kind of frustrating. It seems that most of the advice out there on posture is about why sitting up straight is good for you. There are also all ...
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Can reading electronic displays be made more comfortable?

We all have to handle large amounts of information on a daily basis, but some of us find it hard to focus on the information displayed on electronic devices. It's easy to read through tens of pages in ...
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Tradeoffs of using standing desks

I'm considering a standing desk. Are there any generally accepted trade-off that might occur when working at a standing desk?
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Does a Trackball make you more productive?

Does using trackballs instead of mice makes you more productive? Are there any scientific studies on this subject?
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Do ergonomic keyboards/mice provide significant productivity improvement over “average” counterparts?

There's not much to add to the title of the question... I'd like to know if there's been any studies done on ergonomic keyboards and mice, and their effect on productivity. This might help me and ...
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Can a good comfortable chair increase work hours and productivity?

Can a good comfortable chair increase work hours and productivity? Would it be good to invest in a very good chair?
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Do gaming peripherals (mice & keyboards) increase productivity of general computer tasks?

I've been thinking of upgrading my input devices and I'm not sure whether buying the more expensive "gaming" devices with programmable keys justifies the investment. I'm looking in particular at ...
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Does anyone have any recommendations for an alternative workstation ergonomic setup

My job means I have to sit at my computer all day, 7 hours a day, 5 days a week, 46 weeks a year. That’s 1610 hours a year and 1/3 of my whole day (given that I also sleep about 8 hours so am not ...
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Solutions for working with pen/paper while using a computer at the same desk

I do my work at a desk with computer monitors, a mouse, a keyboard, and a notepad and pen. The problem is that if I want to stay facing the monitors and have my keyboard, mouse and notebook at hand, ...
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Are there any concerns with using an exercise ball as a chair?

I've been looking into an exercise ball more seriously as a chair alternative. I've heard the benefits which include core strengthening and encouraging you to sit up straight. Are there any drawbacks? ...
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How to arrange my desk (that has a computer) to read programming books?

Since I was a an undergrad student (now master) I couldn't find a way to arrange my desk so I can read programming books (and other books) easily. Normally what happens is that I have a keyboard in ...
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How do I prevent my textbook's pages from “falling down” when I put the book on a bookstand?

Could the "drooping" of the pages eventually damage the textbook? I put it on a bookstand as I have neck pain, and it's much easier on my neck to read it straight up.
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How do I concentrate, feel comfortable and be productive? [closed]

I've recently been using my computer while laying down on my bed with a monitor arm extending my monitor in front of me from the side of the bed. My keyboard and mouse are wireless, and I can use ...
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Monitor Display Settings for better productivity

I am a software professional and have to do coding as well as having to do reading on the computer for the whole day. I noticed some time back that I tend to take my face a bit closer to monitor when ...
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How to prevent neck and shoulder stress without leading to reduced blood flow and nerve compression on elbow and forearm due to armrest use?

I've read lots of conflicting advice from reputable sources and personal accounts and I can't make up my mind. If you leave your forearms unsupported you'll developed neck and shoulder problems, and ...
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Pros and cons of touch typing finger map lay-out (EDX versus EDC) in QWERTY

When I learned to touch type, back in the mid-80’s, I was instructed to use a finger map that basically mirrors the left and right hand side. I’ve added a figure below and refer to it as the EDX ...
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Computer ergonomics: is a change as good as a rest?

I am in the process of trying various setups to help prevent RSI while doing computer work; I was wondering if there is any data that helps me decide whether or not I should have the same setup at the ...
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What are some good graphics tablets for writing math or physics equations?

Most important criteria: that the stylus is not too thick (and that the writing pad can record things from a thin stylus). Superscripts and subscripts are impossible with most current styluses I'd ...
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Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk?

Recommendation for Portable Stand-up height desk? One that folds up. I enjoy working while standing up but I can't find a portable stand up desk. I want one I could fold up quickly and put in my car ...
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What is the current state of the art technology for PC ergonomics? [closed]

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 ...
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Does wearing your sunglasses reduce monitor glare?

I use a glossy Macbook Pro at work and often am working on a terminal screen with a black background. It tends to reflect direct or incident light off the screen into my eyes and I notice this as ...
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Solution for reading heavy books while on a treadmill (bookholder)?

I need to do a lot of sports as soon as possible because of health issues. As a PhD student, I can either work on the computer or read books to be productive. If I want to do a lot of sports I need ...
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Are chair neck supports good?

Some ergonomic chairs feature a neck support. On the one hand, I believe that this would help relieving the neck pain I'm currently suffering; on the other, I suspect that they could be actually ...
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Is reclining my neck bad for my neck?

As in, having a neck posture of slightly over 90 degrees? For the lower back, it seems that a 135 degree sitting posture is optimal. And we definitely do know that a neck posture of less than 90 ...
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Is there an algorithm for adjusting seat for ideal posture (especially in cars)? [closed]

Even after years of being aware of ergonomic guidelines, I still find it extremely difficult to figure out how to adjust chairs correctly because the body's feedback comes with a delay. What usually ...
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Is “Foot Rest” a good complement of ergonomics chair? [closed]

According to some web site, a foot rest can Promotes good seated posture and blood circulation I am not sure how important is it, since I already got a decent ergonomics chair, not sure if buying ...
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Tabletop sit/stand desk recommendation

I'm looking for a sit/stand adjustable desk for my dorm room, which provides a desk/chair combo. As a result, the desk should be basically flat in the 'sit' position and adjust up 18 inches or so for ...
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Left handed mousing without swapping the buttons [closed]

Today I encountered the idea of using the mouse with the left hand, and decided to try it. I would like to avoid swapping the mouse buttons because that will make it harder for me to use other ...