Wow-Pen Mouse Helps Ease Old Man Pains

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People with repetitive stress disorders, also known as wimps, might like the Wow Pen Eco. Its name is a bit of a misnomer, since it has very little to do with a pen (well, it does offer hand recognition with the right software) and doesn't really echo or anything. That said, its design is such that it's supposed to help people with things like carpal tunnel syndrome by easing pain. The vertical orientation of the mouse may look odd, but it functions just the same as your trusty two button mouse, complete with scroll wheel on the side.

By aligning the buttons vertically, the company argues, "you don't feel almost any pains and fatigue over the regular mouse." That's the kind of language you can trust. The spacing of the buttons was also taken into account, and are supposedly located at just the right spot so that you "never feel any inconvenience" during use. Just combine this with other ergonomic nonsense and you're well on your way to believing you're more comfortable than you really are.

Product Page [Waawoo Tech via Everything USB]

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sammy baby

Two things:

1. Sign me up as a wimp. I've spent a fairly healthy amount of time working on prevention of various types of repetitive strain injuries, and now that I've slacked off a bit, I can say that I'm definitely noticing it. I have persistent discomfort in my wrists - I'd be really worried if I weren't going to be spending most of next week away from the keyboard and doing some self-designed rehab.

2. Monty's link is interesting, but it's important to realize that carpal tunnel isn't the only kind of RSI out there. So don't interpret that study as meaning that there are no health consequences to hours and hours of typing/mousing/what have you.