Easing the stress on the hand

NEW BREED OF MOUSE

January 18, 1993|By Craig Crossman | Craig Crossman,Knight-Ridder News Service

I've noticed that most ergonomically designed devices are not only functionally superior, but aesthetically pleasing as well.

Ergonomics is the science of adapting objects to better suit the user. Now ergonomics have come to the lowly computer mouse. Manufacturers have experimented with numerous designs in the quest for the ergonomically perfect mouse. It seems the little rodent is guilty of causing hand and wrist pain from improper positioning of the hand.

Ergonomically designed mice are nothing new, but a new entry in the arena called the Colani Mouse is worth noting. I realize beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the general consensus is that it's pretty. And its smooth lines provide a comfortable resting place for the hand.

Created by internationally renowned designer Luigi Colani, the Colani Mouse comes in black or light gray. It is available in a three-button, Microsoft-IBM serial version and a one-button Apple Macintosh version. You can choose a left- or right-handed model. The mouse sells for $79. Call Mousetrack Inc. at (800) 221-6687 or (702) 884-1925.

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