Ergonomic Computer Accessories

Written by Sierra Rein
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As computers and computerized systems become more prevalent in the workplace, so does the need for ergonomic computer accessories. More people now recognize the dangers of improper workspace and have sought to protect themselves from any possible damage. Employers have also noted that ergonomic equipment can reduce the chances of injuries and can help to increase concentration and performance rates.

New modes of input, from ergonomic keyboards to strain-resistant computer mouses, are the most common types of ergonomic computer accessories. These are instrumental in keeping a typist's arms and wrists in complete alignment with each other. Other computer accessories also take the form of arm and wrist braces and strengthening devices. These preventative products are great if the beginning symptoms of CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome) or another type of repetitive stress disorder are just starting to rear their ugly heads.

Larger computer accessories include ergonomic chairs and desk attachments, like padded arm rests, wrist pads and headrests. These are designed to further position the seated body so that it does not develop upper back tension and pinched nerves. Each of these should be "tested" in person to make sure that the chair or item in question can fit the particular body structure and height measurements. If it does not, then adjustable cushions, footrests and other height-changing items can also be added.

The Future of Ergonomic Computer Accessories

In years to come, ergonomic products may soon pass current expectations. Speech recognition systems, while still in their infancy today, may offer input rates of 90 words per minute and accuracy rates of more than 95 percent. Many people also believe that the QWERTY keyboard design will go the way of the Dodo and become replaced by the Dvorak layout. Eye-controlled cursor manipulators (those currently being tested for disabled computer users) may become the normal way to control computer interfaces in the future as well.


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